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Username: dk Last Online: Aug 18, 2017 20:31:50 GMT 9
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Date Registered: May 29, 2017 5:36:42 GMT 9
Country (residing now): UK
Country (originally from): Russia
Children, Ages: D - 11/08/2016
Majority Language: English
Minority Language(s): Russian, attempting to teach myself and D BSL
Current Challenge in Your Bilingual Journey: As my daughter does not speak yet, the challenge comes from the decision on how to expose her to the two languages. Both my husband and I are native Russian speakers, so it makes sense to speak Russian between ourselves and at home. However I do not want my daughter to be behind on her English either, it is very important to me that she doesn't have communication barrier with her friends and doesn't feel like an immigrant. I also have concerns about her future academic proficiency at school. She still has about 2-3 naps a day, which divides it into 3-4 wakenings. What we've done is spend one of these wakenings (the one that we go outside and meet other English speakers) purely in English from the moment she wakes up to the moment she goes down for her next nap.I know that this is not ideal, but I cant come up with anything better, if you can - do contact me and share your thoughts on the subject!

I am also generally concerned about her language development, which I believe is slightly behind. As much as I would like to tell myself that this is because she is bilingual and just needs to take a little longer to catch up, I think there might be an actual problem. We are going to see our health visitor about it and hopefully get a referral to see a speech specialist.
Something Funny or Interesting About You: I always wanted to learn BSL (or any other sign language) and now seems to be a perfect time, so we are now trying to incorporate a couple of signs into our daily routine and hopefully go much further from there. Our town has quite a big school for deaf children, so the skill might actually come in handy if my daughter makes friends with some of the kids that will go there.
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D born 11/08/16
Majority - English
Minority - Russian
Both parents bilingual, both native in Russian

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Amy: Caught my eldest bragging to her cousin she could speak ml2 and asked him in ml2 if they could continue playing in this language....could it be my daughter is slowly accepting the fact she's bilingual and happy to be so...?? ::) Jul 31, 2017 5:07:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Not all fun after all - we were at a castle today with an amazing 3h treasure hunt, but it was all in ML. My daughter did lots of ML reading (clues), but no chance of slipping ml in. Aug 1, 2017 4:13:44 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: I'm back with a big new post! :) Are You Making Good Choices and Decisions For Your Bilingual Journey? (And For Your Life?) bilingualmonkeys.com/are-you-making-good-choices-and-decisions-for-your-bilingual-journey/ Aug 1, 2017 6:33:30 GMT 9 *
Mayken: Welcome back, Adam! We kept the zoo running while you were away and even swept up the monkey droppings! Aug 2, 2017 18:26:12 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Well done, Mayken! Many thanks! (I was afraid I would be overwhelmed by the monkey droppings.) ;) Aug 3, 2017 6:18:08 GMT 9
Amy: My turn to disappear for a few weeks! :) Off to ml1 country with very high expectations as to the benefits of ml1 family bonding and ml1 exposure for my 2 girls! Have a lovely month of August everybody ! xxx Aug 6, 2017 4:58:35 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Amy, have a really fun and fruitful time! :D Aug 6, 2017 6:30:06 GMT 9
Nellie: Welcome back Adam and have a great time Amy! Aug 9, 2017 5:37:45 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Big, new post! Please share the link! This Key Principle for Raising Bilingual Kids Is a Vital Part of Our Efforts, From Babies to Teens bilingualmonkeys.com/key-principle-for-raising-bilingual-kids-from-babies-to-teens/ Aug 9, 2017 11:09:46 GMT 9 *
Ahmet: Hey Adam! Thank you very much for writing such a nice book. I've read it , took lots and lots of notes. It's full of precious information about raising a bilingual kid. It helped me a lot and still keeps me on my way. goo.gl/photos/oPyfKffApeWPB9eU Aug 11, 2017 7:34:44 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Ahmet, I loved seeing this photo of my book! Thanks so much! Would you mind if I shared it? And I'd be really grateful if you would leave a review at Amazon or elsewhere online. :) Aug 11, 2017 8:54:39 GMT 9
Ahmet: Hi Adam, of course you may share the photo. By the way I already left a review at Goodreads and Amazon :) and I will continue to share info about your book. :) Aug 13, 2017 17:34:53 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Ahmet, thanks a lot for your support! :) Aug 13, 2017 18:14:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! The Basic Formula for Bilingual Success bilingualmonkeys.com/the-basic-formula-for-bilingual-success/ (If you like it, please help give it a push on social media! Thanks!) Aug 15, 2017 8:21:31 GMT 9
Wojtek: Look at that girl: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AYbNvArCnc Aug 15, 2017 19:47:45 GMT 9
Mayken: That is absolutely incredible! Aug 19, 2017 5:20:08 GMT 9
Wojtek: www.rbth.com/science_and_tech/2016/10/28/4-year-old-russian-girl-speaks-7-languages-how-did-she-do-this_642979 Aug 21, 2017 20:10:02 GMT 9
Mayken: Mind-boggling. On the other hand, this child doesn't seem to have any free time to just play... Aug 21, 2017 23:17:52 GMT 9
Shuo: This video has been very popular in my Facebook circle. But I think she'll finally be fluent in only two or three languages. Aug 22, 2017 3:48:10 GMT 9
Wojtek: I am pondering what the point of teaching her so many languages is (Even her parents concluded she would be learning only three languages from school on) Aug 22, 2017 20:40:34 GMT 9