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10 51 PLEASE READ: I NEED YOUR HELP TO SUSTAIN THIS FORUM!
by Carrie
Mar 23, 2018 11:46:17 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!)

337 1,633 Hello from a French mom in the US
by Mayken
Jul 17, 2018 5:53:28 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.

285 2,429 Help finding a strategy to raise a bilingual child
by Amy
Jul 17, 2018 5:36:55 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.

164 1,216 New research on bilingual myths and the importance of play
by Agnese
Jul 16, 2018 16:01:05 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

Take Action

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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.

13 532 Challenge #4: Make Use of Captive Reading
by Carrie
Jul 1, 2018 7:28:11 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.

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by Amy
Jul 17, 2018 5:52:50 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.

20 80 Virtual playgroup: ml English for a 3 year old
by Joanna
Mar 11, 2018 22:49:53 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.

40 248 British Council - the importance of listening to the radio
by Amy
Jul 10, 2018 16:36:01 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: Sad news: My Father Has Passed Away, Too bilingualmonkeys.com/my-father-has-passed-away-too/ May 24, 2018 12:33:06 GMT 9
Nellie: So sorry to hear that Adam. I hope you and your family are holding up. He must have been a wonderful man to have a son like you! May 30, 2018 5:17:52 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nellie, thank you for your kind words. They're really appreciated. :) May 30, 2018 9:27:11 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! Feeling Discouraged About Raising Bilingual Children? Watch This Video. bilingualmonkeys.com/feeling-discouraged-about-raising-bilingual-children/ May 30, 2018 9:27:38 GMT 9
Mayken: , I've found another advantage to bilingualism: when one of your national sports teams is eliminated from an competition, you can still cheer on your other sports team! Jun 28, 2018 5:25:39 GMT 9
Amy: Allez les Bleus! ("Go the Blues" - what French fans shout to their national team) ;) :P Jun 28, 2018 5:36:55 GMT 9
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: 's daughter Lulu (14) and mine (8).🎂 Jun 29, 2018 23:10:16 GMT 9
Amy: Happy birthday to your 2 bilingual monkeys and ! :) 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... Jul 6, 2018 4:02:38 GMT 9 *
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! Jul 6, 2018 21:28:23 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: NEW! Bilingual Lives: Ana Cristina Gluck, Author and Publisher of Multilingual Books for Children (with a Book Giveaway!) buff.ly/2ziSQ4J Jul 7, 2018 11:28:32 GMT 9
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 acquaitances, 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