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7 13 Raising Bilingual Kids? Don't Miss These Helpful Resources!
by Adam Beck
Apr 30, 2017 6:08:05 GMT 9
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What do you think of The Bilingual Zoo and Bilingual Monkeys? Have some ideas for making them even better?

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by Andrea
Sept 22, 2017 1:04:49 GMT 9

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Tell us about you and your family. Where do you live? What are your languages? What's your bilingual journey been like so far? What do you hope to gain, and give, through your participation here? (Share your warm welcome with new members of this community, too!)

354 1,754 Hello from England
by Tatyana L
Jan 20, 2019 3:55:56 GMT 9
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What questions do you have about raising bilingual (or multilingual) kids? What challenges are you currently facing? Share them here, and lend support to others.

306 2,646 Moving for a year - ml becomes ML
by Tona R
Jan 20, 2019 6:18:38 GMT 9
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Share strategies, ideas, and resources that have worked for you. Ask for advice to find resources in your target language.

174 1,370 Spanish CD-based audiobooks with accompanying books
by Mayken
Jan 18, 2019 21:01:24 GMT 9
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Share a photo of your beautiful bilingual-to-be baby with this community! We love babies! (If you're not sure how to post a large photo, just send Adam a private message for support.)

15 80 My daughter was born earlier this month!
by Adam Beck
Jun 8, 2018 6:26:09 GMT 9

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Challenges are designed to empower your efforts and boost your children's bilingual development. Try one (or try them all!) and tell us what happened.

13 547 Challenge #10: Travel to Your Minority Language Country
by Amy
Jan 5, 2019 17:05:55 GMT 9
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You want accountability? Tell us about your aims and your efforts. Share what you're going to do, then do it and report back on your progress. Help others stay on track by offering encouragement.

50 2,698 Small steps forward with a small language
by Undraa
Jan 21, 2019 3:20:19 GMT 9
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Connect with others, near or far. Make new friends to exchange experiences, ideas, and support. Post your appeal to the world. Respond to requests.

23 90 Looking for English or Spanish speaking families
by Morena
Jan 14, 2019 22:35:20 GMT 9

Time to Unwind

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Relax at the snack bar and talk about all things off-topic. Get to know one another a bit better. Free coffee and animal crackers.

43 256 Creating a bilingual mind
by Amy
Nov 10, 2018 5:07:37 GMT 9
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My two monkeys, Lulu and Roy (now 14 and 11), want to take part in our community, too! So feel free to ask them any questions you like--about their lives and their experience as bilingual children--and I'll have them respond. Your questions can be addressed to them as a pair, or individually.

27 97 Do have a preference between the ml and ML?
by Raquel
May 16, 2018 19:51:26 GMT 9

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Adam Beck: Closing sale at Bilingual Style! Shop now for Christmas! bilingualzoo.com/thread/1054/ Nov 9, 2018 13:56:04 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is home sick (nothing serious), meaning a whole day of ml exposure! (Though she is missing her ml class at school.) Nov 9, 2018 20:49:20 GMT 9
Amy: Make the most of it Mayken! ;) (We bilingual parents really are freaks, rejoicing in having our kids sick at home! lol :P ;) ) Nov 10, 2018 5:23:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Yes, I freakishly even wrote a blog post about this: Here's the Bright Side to Bilingual Kids Getting Sick bilingualmonkeys.com/the-bright-side-to-bilingual-kids-getting-sick/ Nov 10, 2018 6:50:48 GMT 9
Adam Beck: It's a lovely Sunday in Hiroshima, Japan and we took a walk at a nearby temple. Stop by my Facebook page for some photos! www.facebook.com/bilingualmonkeys Nov 11, 2018 13:39:15 GMT 9
Amy: Beautiful pictures Adam! The serenity of the place transpired in every pic. Thank you for sharing them :) Nov 11, 2018 21:58:40 GMT 9
Mayken: , , she got a lot of ml exposure but there's only so many times I can watch a Bibi & Tina DVD. Glad she's back at school today. Nov 13, 2018 0:16:03 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's school had the annual lantern pageant yesterday. It always moves me to tears when I see the kids stand and belt out the songs in our ml. This year, the ml kids also recited a short poem on St Martin. Nov 25, 2018 3:34:49 GMT 9
Adam Beck: New at Bilingual Monkeys: Look! I Shook Hands with a Kangaroo! (And Much More from Our Trip with Grandparents)
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Mayken: Thank you for sharing, Adam. And for the reminder to make the most of the time with grandparents - all grandparents, regardless of language! Nov 29, 2018 6:23:46 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Update on My Daughter’s Bilingual Life at 14.5 Years Old: High School, Tears, and English Tests bilingualmonkeys.com/update-on-my-daughters-bilingual-life/ Dec 6, 2018 12:23:56 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Update on My Son’s Bilingual Life at 11.9 Years Old: Funny Photos, Art Awards, and Junior High bilingualmonkeys.com/update-on-my-sons-bilingual-life/ Dec 13, 2018 12:57:19 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: NEW! The Top 12 Blog Posts at Bilingual Monkeys in 2018 bilingualmonkeys.com/top-12-blog-posts-in-2018/ Dec 21, 2018 9:38:35 GMT 9
Mayken: Driving (to the ml) home (country) for Christmas and wishing all my fellow zoo keepers happy holidays and lots of ml exposure for your monkeys! Dec 21, 2018 17:46:50 GMT 9
Amy: A belated merry Xmas to all fellow zoo keepers! Wishing you magical times with your loved ones. :) Dec 26, 2018 0:39:20 GMT 9
Amy: HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS! :) :). May 2019 bring you and your family good health and bilingual success! :) Jan 1, 2019 17:07:57 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW FOR 2019! My Simple Message for the New Year (And Don’t Mind My Messy Hands) bilingualmonkeys.com/my-simple-message-for-the-new-year/ Jan 3, 2019 19:23:59 GMT 9
Veda L: A happy belated new year to all keepers! Any quick tips on how to edit profile (kids’ ages etc)? I’ve fumbled about with no luck. Thanks! Jan 9, 2019 23:58:17 GMT 9 *
Mayken: Veda, when you go to your "Profile", there's a button at the top right that says "Edit Profile". Then click on the "Personal" tab (and other tabs) to edit the information. Hope that helps! Jan 10, 2019 0:14:02 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: NEW! Bilingual Lives: Beatrice Beckmann, Founder of KinderBooks, a Subscription Service for Children's Books bilingualmonkeys.com/bilingual-lives-beatrice-beckmann-founder-of-kinderbooks/ Jan 15, 2019 11:30:54 GMT 9