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Username: dk Last Online: Aug 18, 2017 20:31:50 GMT 9
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Gender: Female
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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.
D born 11/08/16
Majority - English
Minority - Russian
Both parents bilingual, both native in Russian


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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
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Mayken: Yay! Congrats, Adam! And the cover looks awesome! Dec 12, 2017 23:44:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Thank you, Mayken! :D Dec 13, 2017 4:58:56 GMT 9