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Username: marisa22 Last Online: Dec 12, 2017 11:30:07 GMT 9
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Gender: Female
Posts: 20
Date Registered: Jul 22, 2017 1:16:17 GMT 9
Country (residing now): US
Country (originally from): Spain
Children, Ages: Girl, born in March 2016
Majority Language: English
Minority Language(s): Spanish, German, and hopefully French some day!
Current Challenge in Your Bilingual Journey: Hi! My daughter is still pretty young, and she hasn't produced any word in any language yet, so at this point, I can't say anything regarding how she's learning any language(s)... but as of right now, I'm working on making her realize that I'm the person to talk Spanish to, and that should be the one and only language she should use with me. As of right now, that's the only language I use to talk/read/do any activities with her, and to be quite honest, I'm a little bit nervous thinking that she might choose to reply to me in English, but when/if that happens, I'll do my very best to show her how cool it is to use Spanish with her mom :)
Something Funny or Interesting About You: Uhhmm... I started to study English at school when I was 11 or so. When the time came to pick a major in college, I picked English because my goal was to teach it at the High School level: instead, when I finish college, I traveled to the US to teach Spanish, and that became my job! So I'm a Spaniard who learned English in Spain (and never traveled to an English-speaking country until I was 20) to become an English teacher there, and ended up traveling to the US to teach Spanish, getting my MA and Ph.D. in Spanish at a US academic institution. My student think it's funny I learned English in Spain just to end up teaching Spanish in the US.
Favorite Quote: “All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope”
― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo


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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
Adam Beck: Burning Questions About Raising Bilingual and Multilingual Children Nov 18, 2017 11:16:24 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
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
Adam Beck: Coming in 2018: The New Novel by Adam Beck, Founder of Bilingual Monkeys Dec 12, 2017 15:15:42 GMT 9
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