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Username: alexemmerson Last Online: Sept 29, 2017 21:04:14 GMT 9
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Gender: Female
Posts: 2
Date Registered: Nov 13, 2016 8:40:24 GMT 9
Country (residing now): United Kingdom
Country (originally from): Italy
Children, Ages: 11, 11, 7, 1
Majority Language: English
Minority Language(s): Italian
Current Challenge in Your Bilingual Journey: I am all alone in this challenge.
I try and speak Italian to my 1 year old all the time, but I am the only one who speaks it in the family and it's exhausting. I have lived in the UK for over 20 years and English comes much more naturally to me than Italian. My husband speaks Italian at intermediate level, but with plenty of mistakes thrown in. My older children (11, 11 and 7) understand a little bit of it (about 40 per cent of what I say) but never really speak it back, and when they do, they make mistakes. I really want all my boys to speak Italian fluently and be bilingual but I failed with the first 3 and, the more I read about bilingualism, the more I realise that the odds are stacked against me. I can't even speak to my husband in Italian all the time, because he would not understand everything I say. I also hate speaking Italian! I have no emotional connection to the language or the country anymore and, when I say "I love you" to my babies I feel it, but when I say it in Italian, I feel nothing. In fact, I don't enjoy it. But it would be such a shame for them not to be able to be bilingual when it's a gift I can give them. It's also very sad to see my family not being able to understand them...
Something Funny or Interesting About You: I am a singer and my husband is a trumpet player. Together we run a modern rock & soul choir of over 300 members.
Favorite Quote: Be the type of person you want to meet.


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Adam Beck: Have a fun weekend, Amy! And Mayken, that sounds like a great idea! Cheers to you both, and to all! :) Oct 28, 2017 7:18:43 GMT 9
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Mayken: When you've been waiting for years to share Harry Potter with your child, and one day she picks up the book and reads the first lines herself: :) Nov 6, 2017 1:41:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wonderful, Mayken! A joyful outcome of the steady patience and persistence through all the days that came before! :) Nov 6, 2017 9:34:43 GMT 9
Raquel: Awesome, Mayken!! YAY!! Nov 8, 2017 18:02:22 GMT 9
Nellie: So cute Mayken! Nov 9, 2017 2:02:21 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks everyone! Nov 10, 2017 0:29:31 GMT 9
Mayken: The charms are adorable, Adam! Nov 12, 2017 1:30:15 GMT 9
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Mayken: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.) Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9 *
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. :) Don't you worry Mayken. ;) And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. ;) It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere. ;) Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9 *
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml! Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken ;) Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them. Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!" ;) Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9 *
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books." :) Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good! :D Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
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