This is really interesting. Here English is the minority language. When my 5yo son was 2, we traveled to the USA, and it was an important moment for him to see that English was a real language, not something that was coming from just me and the TV. And as I don't like to travel just to be a tourist, I managed to meet friends and live the place, not just seeing it. It was wonderful. I went to playgrounds where my son could interact with other kids. At first he was addressing the other kids in Portuguese. After telling him sometimes he had to speak in English, he understood. We did the same when he was turning 4. Now every month he asks me when we're gonna do that again.
As I mentioned on the post, it was natural to me, but then when people started to question it I wondered if I was doing something wrong. Now 5 years later I have no regrets and my 8-month-old baby is on the same path.
Consistency is key. In the beginning I realized how poor my baby vocabulary was. I had no idea how to say diaper, pacifier...but I learned on the go.
Welcome Lydia, and congrats on your baby! Greetings from Brazil! I'm sure she will learn Spanish as she will learn it from the community and you.
As for when others are around, specially family, I usually don't care unless it is something I'm usually addressing specifically to my children. I only use the non-target language when they are supposed to understand. So far I had no problems. Good luck!
Thanks Adam for such a warm welcome. And yes, perseverance has been the key. Perserverance and consistency. So for the last 5 years we've been avoiding TV in the majority language, which is easy nowadays with Netflix. We also schedule playdates as we can and the only few moments I speak in Portuguese with him are when there is a third person that is also in the same conversation.
I've known Bilingual Monkeys and this forum for a long time and now with a new baby I'm back and it is time for me to introduce myself.
I'm from Brazil and I have two boys, one is 5 years old and the other is turning 8 months today.
I am raising both speaking English, using OPOL. My wife and all others speak in Portuguese with them. The big boy is doing great in both languages. 5 years ago I started doing this because I wanted to and it felt natural to me. But then I got some criticism and I decided to study about it. People were saying I should stick to my mother tongue. When trying to find resources and forums, it was hard to find support for this specific scenario and then I created a forum, which was called nnsparents.com but with time people stopped using it and I shut it down.
Now five years later I see a lot of changes. A lot of people are in the same boat as me, it seems. Or maybe it is just my perception. I love to help and I'm here to learn and also help people in the same situation. One thing I see today is that too many parents don't go further because they simply don't know what is out there. So to help us as parents I created a website called 4mySunshine which is a place where people can add reference to educational resources and vote on them, and in this way it is easy to find what is popular in each category. I created there entries for Adam's blog and book so make sure to help other parents find it by voting on them (clicking on the heart icon).
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Mayken: Yay Amy! - I'm curious about the letter my 6-year-old wrote us during her class trip (teacher-supervised activity). Will there be ml in it? I hope it arrives before she comes back!
Jun 8, 2017 18:56:16 GMT 9
Joanna: My workshop is planned for Saturday, thanks for your replies...I'll post after. My daughter was singing along to our "theme song" so I have renewed hope
Jun 9, 2017 14:18:39 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's letter from her class trip arrived - she wrote one message in ML to Dad and another in ml to me. Her first letter in ml without a ml person to help her!
Jun 11, 2017 18:40:08 GMT 9
Nellie: Congrats Mayken, Amy and Joanna!
Jun 12, 2017 10:12:42 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wonderful, Mayken! Those letters are instant keepsakes that I'm sure will be read again many years from now...
Jun 12, 2017 14:57:15 GMT 9
Amy: Joanna, how did Saturday go? Mayken, enjoy this beautiful keepsake
Jun 12, 2017 20:36:29 GMT 9
Joanna: It went really well! I'll make a good post soon with details
Jun 15, 2017 14:04:30 GMT 9
Amy: Looking forward to it Joanna!
Jun 16, 2017 1:39:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My mom got a lovely postcard in ml too from my 6-year-old daughter on her field trip! Another precious keepsake! (OK, I prepared the card with address and stamp ahead of time, but she did the writing all by herself.)
Jun 19, 2017 23:28:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW VIDEO AT BILINGUAL MONKEYS TV! Your Child Wants to Be Bilingualhttps://youtu.be/C2uQhIZPp80 (And please subscribe to my growing YouTube channel!)
Jun 21, 2017 8:49:35 GMT 9
Mayken: Our ml section will have a flea market stand at the school fair with used books, games, DVDs and CDs for sale. I donated 2 games, promised my daughter she could choose something. (Proceeds are for the school's ml section.) Love the idea!
Jun 22, 2017 23:23:00 GMT 9
Amy: Am I to read something into the fact my toddler slammed Adam's book into my face...??
Jun 25, 2017 20:58:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: "Mommy, you better make me a polyglot...or else!"
Jun 26, 2017 6:40:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Ahaaaaaaaa Amy!!!
Jun 26, 2017 9:44:39 GMT 9