View Profile - Tatsiana D. (taduzenski)

Tatsiana D. Avatar
Tatsiana D.
New Keeper
Send Message
Username: taduzenski Last Online: Oct 4, 2017 11:55:49 GMT 9
Latest Status: An enthusiastic amateur Keeper playing catch up ;)
Gender: Female
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.


What's on your mind right now? Just type and hit "Enter" to share it here!
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
Adam Beck: 13 Top-Secret Research Studies on Bilingual Acquisition in Children
Oct 28, 2017 7:19:23 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: NEW! The Perfect Christmas Gift for Bilingual and Multilingual Families Nov 1, 2017 14:07:13 GMT 9 *
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
Adam Beck: Burning Questions About Raising Bilingual and Multilingual Children Nov 18, 2017 11:16:24 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: The 10 Most Popular Posts at Bilingual Monkeys in 2017 Dec 1, 2017 8:30:17 GMT 9
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
Adam Beck: For Christmas: The Most Beautiful Video You Might Ever See About a Bilingual Family Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9