Thanks for posting your resources Marta! The Disney ones are going to be especially good for my kids. They are way more receptive to the minority language when it involves characters they already know and love!
We recently discovered Dixit and my 4 year old loves it! All the pieces are visual only, so you could easily adapt it to any language and it can be played at any language level so it can just get more complex as the child grows.
I've never had as much luck searching in Spanish. I can find plenty of websites that I can stream from, but it doesn't help me find things on Audible, Amazon, iTunes, etc. that I already use. Maybe because those platforms aren't as big in Spanish speaking countries?
We’ve definitely found that the kids like hearing bilingual books in both languages, so I think it will work. Familiar characters (my little pony) are the best way for us to get my daughter interested in ml2 books!
If you set your Netflix account to the target language, it will automatically play shows (if available) in the target language. It will also display the shows available in that language at the top of your feed. Also, Netflix is coming out with tons of original content and as far as I can tell all Netflix cartoons (and many non-cartoons) are always available in Spanish, Mandarin, and it looks like a number of other languages.
They just announced that Netflix is coming out with a Trolls series and it comes out on the 19th. I'm expecting it to have quite a few language options as well, although I haven't seen this written anywhere.
I've struggled for a while to find audiobooks in Spanish (or Mandarin, our other ml) but I've finally found a breakthrough! Instead of endlessly searching "kids audiobooks in Spanish" I started searching for specific English books that are popular enough to have been translated! It definitely opened up some great options for my young kids and there are many more that will be available as they get a little older. Right now they are listening to "Le Petit Prince" but in Spanish! I've shared some of my findings in a blog post in case it helps anyone else!
Now my next goal would be to find Spanish audiobooks that were originally written in Spanish instead of translated, does anyone have any ideas?
We usually order our Spanish books on Amazon. I have a store there where you can see the CDs and books we've bought. Many are probably too young/simple for your child, but there are some good ones for 3 years olds. If you make a purchase using one of the links I will make a small commission, but you can look at it and then choose to purchase elsewhere. Just click the category "Encouraging Bilingualism: Spanish" astore.amazon.com/magnetsfromev-20 I'm still working on adding more, I haven't added the store to my blog yet.
I'm copying this from a blog post I wrote recently.
*Almost every Disney movie can be toggled to Spanish (or French). This is a great way to use the movies you already own and know the children will love. *Dora La Exploradora is not the same thing as Dora the Explorer! Dora La Exploradora is entirely in Spanish and much better for kids working on learning Spanish. They have episodes on amazon prime. *El Mundo de Elmo is great for kids. They used to have it on Hulu but seem to have taken it down. You can buy dvds on amazon.
Music and podcasts: *One CD we have and love in Spanish is De Colores and Other Latin American Folk Songs by José-Luis Orozco. *Podcasts can be a great way to listen to stories in the car. They can be difficult to find for English-only speakers, but search around and take advantage of friends who speak the target language to help you find these. Check out ideas from this link: www.spanishplayground.net/online-spanish-audio-8-free-websites-kids-listening-spanish/
Hope that helps! If you find more, please share, we're always looking!
This sounds like a great idea! I don't have readers yet, but we do keep the library books in the basket in the bathroom so I can read to them while they sit on the toilet or the bathtub. My daughter is just starting to read and I think I'll make her some simple words in English and some Mandarin characters. It certainly can't hurt!
Edit: If anyone else has pre-readers or reading learners and is teaching English, Spanish, and Mandarin, I made some simple posters for my kids today (girl, boy, cat, dog, cow, pig). Each little poster has a picture to help associate with the word. I plan to help them sound out the English and Spanish words and encourage them to recognize the Mandarin characters. You can download them (free, of course) at: magnetsfromeverywhere.com/captive-reading-english-spanish-mandarin/
Very nice article! We also use some screen time to reinforce both Mandarin and Spanish. It's hard to believe that watching these shows in their non-native language isn't exercising their brains. If they come away singing little songs in Mandarin then surely it's beneficial right?
Every time I go to the pediatrician I have to fill in a survey about my children's habits. For screen time I always mark "Less than 2 hours per day" which is the shortest duration listed. Friends who are social workers often talk about infants and toddlers exposed to 8+ hours per day. My gut feeling is that many of these studies are targeted at preventing that kind of excessive screen time that obviously comes at the expense of interactive play/conversation.
We are a family of 4 who recently moved to California! We speak English at home but the children (ages 2 and 3.5) are also learning Spanish and Mandarin. My husband lived in Germany and is fluent, but (as he is not a native speaker) we are not trying to pass this on at this time.
Our bilingual journey started when my daughter was born and we were looking for a foreign language speaker as a nanny. We had a preference for Mandarin or Spanish and ended up with a wonderful Spanish speaking nanny.
When my daughter was 2 we also enrolled her in a morning Mandarin immersion preschool. Eventually my son joined her.
After 3 years with our wonderful nanny, we picked up and moved to California! (from North Carolina).
Here we are trying to continue the momentum we picked up in both languages. The kids are enrolled in Spanish immersion preschool 3 mornings per week. We are attending activities, storytimes, and anything else I can find in Mandarin.
The hope is to sent them to a local public immersion school when they reach kindergarten. In this area we have the option of either Spanish or Mandarin.
I'm excited to have stumbled across this community! Can't wait to learn from you all!
I have a family travel blog and recently published a post on our journey towards multilingualism. Please check it out and let me know anything else we can be doing!
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Wojtek: Adam, will you be watching in a few hours the football match between our national teams?
Jun 28, 2018 20:27:10 GMT 9
Mayken: Happy birthday to two bilingual monkeys: Adam Beck's daughter Lulu (14) and mine (8).🎂
Jun 29, 2018 23:10:16 GMT 9
Amy: Happy birthday to your 2 bilingual monkeys Mayken and Adam Beck !
Jun 30, 2018 5:15:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, that's true, but in our case, the U.S. didn't make it to the World Cup this time! Japan has gone through, but they'll probably get knocked out very soon...
Jun 30, 2018 7:22:16 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, Poland won! I was disappointed, though, to see Japan hold the ball at the end of the game because they only wanted to go through to the next round. I understand why they did that but I wish they had played harder...
Jun 30, 2018 7:24:42 GMT 9
Wojtek: Well, it suited both teams to slow down the ball. However, it was really unexpected and peculiar
Jul 1, 2018 1:16:27 GMT 9
Mayken: On the train from Cologne to my hometown, I saw a boy about 9/10 and his older sister. She was fluent in German but spoke French with a slight accent, he spoke only French. They were visiting their grandparents. I was intrigued but didn't ask.
Jul 1, 2018 22:06:55 GMT 9
Wojtek: Does anyone know an online English speech language therapist? I thought that it could be a good idea to get my girl evaluated in her ml...
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Mayken: Yay! My 8-year-old daughter passed her ml swim test today! After swimming & diving, the pool attendant asked her to recite the swimming/safety rules (our recent captive reading), and she knew them all!
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Agnese: First words. What to expect? My son is 10 months old. He's still babbling, but I've noticed some different sounds depending on the situation. I wonder if he'll start saying his first words in the next weeks (or months, who knows?). What should I expect?
Jul 11, 2018 0:30:24 GMT 9
Amy: Don't expect anything Agnese. Just let it happen, and then what he says will hit you like a train. It's an amazing moment. Just live it and don't overthink it. Whatever he says, in whatever language it is, it is a magical moment.
Jul 11, 2018 5:11:14 GMT 9
Agnese: I've recently found a further (annoying) challenge: when I speak ml (Italian) to my child (10m) in front of ML acquaintances, they are making jokes about what I said (mostly accent, similar unrelated words...). What do you think is the best way to act?
Jul 15, 2018 13:04:11 GMT 9
Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal.
Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks
Jul 19, 2018 18:37:58 GMT 9