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Username: taduzenski Last Online: Oct 4, 2017 11:55:49 GMT 9
Latest Status: An enthusiastic amateur Keeper playing catch up ;)
Posts: 4
Date Registered: Jun 2, 2017 3:21:28 GMT 9
Country (residing now): USA
Country (originally from): Belarus
Children, Ages: One two year old Monkey
Majority Language: English
Minority Language(s): Russian
Current Challenge in Your Bilingual Journey: Just starting my bilingual journey, feeling overwhelmed already. Working full-time, limited time to spend with my child. I am the only source of Russian language for her. My husband speaks English, we speak English when we are all together or in public, with friends & family. Really worried about providing sufficient exposure.
Right now my daughter is two, and picking up her English with a lightning speed. Our ML is already lagging so far behind. I recently caved in and started using English with her in private - that was the only way to have her understand what I was saying & have a chance of her following any directions. When I speak Russian to her she gets upset & either cries/yells with frustration or stops paying any attention to me & what I'm saying altogether. So yes, I am playing catch up already. Happened fast.
I am ready to get organized & on track with my efforts to help my child become bilingual. I purchased Adam's book, read almost half of it already, and feel very inspired & motivated. I want to at least give it a solid try.
I don't know where to begin. Do I speak things to her in English & then translate them into Russian to help understand what I'm saying? Do I continue to frustrate her with the one parent-one language approach in the hopes that one day it clicks & she starts understanding me? I would like to build up slowly to the point when one parent-one language is even feasible, but, again, don't know where to start at the moment.

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Nellie: Adam - will watch the video as soon as I can (living circumstances not permitting right now - we are still in temp accommodation and I can't turn on volume) - looking forward to it! Sept 22, 2017 5:56:44 GMT 9
Mayken: Skyping with grandma last night had to be cancelled due to technological problems - I needed to talk my mom through a Skype update and her phone battery died. :-( Sept 25, 2017 20:45:42 GMT 9
Joanna: sorry Mayken...this is sad but funny as I'm sure many skype Grandparents have the same woes !(mine..) For us this weekend: potty training has led to great quality time reading and chatting, and some pretty hilarious ml questions Sept 26, 2017 6:20:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Joanna, I can relate! My mother (Grandma) can't seem to get the sound on her computer working so when we Skype, we also have to use the telephone! :P Sept 26, 2017 6:36:03 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! Please Help My Kids and Me Learn Spanish! bilingualmonkeys.com/help-my-kids-and-me-learn-spanish/ Sept 26, 2017 14:12:51 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam, and Joanna, it's good to know we're not alone in this! Sept 27, 2017 2:46:28 GMT 9
Joanna: Planning a long Christmas minority language visit, so exciting! Sept 30, 2017 14:46:01 GMT 9 *
Mayken: Yay! Skype is working again on my mom's tablet, meaning we can skype with ml grandma again! Oct 2, 2017 23:12:24 GMT 9
Mayken: The other day my mom (monolingual ml) called while my daughter and I were out, so Daddy (monolingual ML) answered. My mom was amazed to find out he isn't monolingual ML any more after all, and praised his active ml ability. Oct 3, 2017 23:28:39 GMT 9
Joanna: For each day my daughter is exposed to other people speaking English (here in France) I put a little star on the calendar...trying to fill it up! :) Oct 8, 2017 3:52:17 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Nice motivating idea, Joanna! And Mayken, thanks for sharing your good news on two fronts! :) Oct 9, 2017 7:11:50 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! 19 Things You Need to Succeed At Raising a Bilingual Child bilingualmonkeys.com/19-things-you-need-to-succeed-at-raising-a-bilingual-child/ Oct 9, 2017 10:54:28 GMT 9
Adam Beck: EVEN NEWER! 18 Things You DON’T Need to Succeed At Raising a Bilingual Child bilingualmonkeys.com/18-things-you-dont-need-to-succeed-at-raising-a-bilingual-child/ Oct 9, 2017 10:55:20 GMT 9
Marisa: My daughter won't say number one in Spanish or English, but in German! She loves recognizing the number and saying it out loud... it sounds more like the word 'ice' in English, though, but it's 'eins.' Number 9, however, is 'nueve'. So funny! Oct 11, 2017 10:33:45 GMT 9
Wojtek: I've just received Evan's Moore skill sharpeners for my girl on pre-k level. I have to say it is so cool, my daughter loves it. She can cut, glue, color (www.evan-moor.com/p/19783/evan-moor-skill-sharpeners-trio-prek) Oct 11, 2017 18:30:27 GMT 9 *
Mayken: My dad's giving Adam's book to his Lithuanian friend's daughter, whose husband is sceptical about their little girl learning German. Oct 14, 2017 21:10:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, thank you for sharing my book! I hope it can be helpful to them! :) Oct 16, 2017 15:57:32 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, another bilingual monkey is about to be born near me (one of my colleagues is giving birth tomorrow), so I also got her and her husband a copy of your book... this world needs more bilingual kids! :) Oct 18, 2017 0:06:43 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Many thanks, Marisa! In my humble opinion, more bilingual kids = more empathy in the world = a more peaceful planet. :) Oct 18, 2017 7:33:04 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW BLOG POST: The Top 20 Languages in the World bilingualmonkeys.com/the-top-20-languages-in-the-world/ Oct 20, 2017 8:42:39 GMT 9