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8 16 New book project! And a new way to support this site!
by Adam Beck
Mar 22, 2019 10:19:00 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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13 77 Following threads and alerts
by Andrea
Sept 22, 2017 1:04:49 GMT 9

Share & Support

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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!)

364 1,845 Hello from Shenzhen, China
by Shangzhu
Mar 14, 2019 8:03:18 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.

310 2,676 Mixing the languages
by Amy
Mar 23, 2019 0:48:05 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.

178 1,434 Ideas/materials to teach English as a third language
by Amy
Mar 22, 2019 1:12:58 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.

13 553 Challenge #4: Make Use of Captive Reading
by Adam Beck
Mar 18, 2019 15:51:34 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 3,021 My bilingual child as guest at ml school in ml country
by Mayken
Mar 23, 2019 0:29:54 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.

45 263 BBC's Parentland Podcast: "Speaking in many tongues?"
by Mayken
Mar 17, 2019 21:13:40 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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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
Rose P: Hello! Jan 24, 2019 16:31:07 GMT 9 *
Amy: Hi Rose :) Jan 25, 2019 6:57:47 GMT 9
Veda L: Many thanks to Mayken for the tip. Finally changed my profile. To those who are celebrating Chinese New Year, a healthy and prosperous year of the pig in advance! Jan 30, 2019 6:44:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Here's a lively list of 20 bloggers raising bilingual/multilingual children! (Recognize anyone?) ;) buff.ly/2QT0eHL Jan 31, 2019 9:01:41 GMT 9 *
Mayken: Hey , how come your photo on that list is bigger than everyone else's? ;) Jan 31, 2019 23:59:17 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Mayken, I don't know, but I wish I could say it's because I'm taller! My son (almost 12) is now nearly as tall as I am. Just yesterday I told him that I have to start growing again! :P Feb 1, 2019 10:12:14 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! I Was the Best Man at a Bilingual Wedding in Beijing, China (Plus a Special Giveaway of Golden Coins for Chinese New Year!) bilingualmonkeys.com/i-was-the-best-man-at-a-bilingual-wedding-in-beijing-china/ Feb 5, 2019 20:34:47 GMT 9
Mayken: , thanks for sharing the impressions of your trip to China! I love those duck boats and that doorway! And meeting those kids wanting to speak English with you is so amazing!(I won't enter the giveaway because I'm afraid of winning the chicken claws!) Feb 6, 2019 0:24:50 GMT 9
Mayken: My friend S asked her bilingual 2.5-year-old daughter: What language do mommy & daddy speak? D: English! S: What language does Grandma speak? D: French! S: What language do the cats speak? D (*thinks, then answers*): Meow! Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow! :D Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: NEW! I Was the Best Man at a Bilingual Wedding in Beijing, China (Plus a Special Giveaway of Golden Coins for Chinese New Year!) bilingualmonkeys.com/i-was-the-best-man-at-a-bilingual-wedding-in-beijing-china/ Feb 7, 2019 12:41:10 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background. :) Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba! :D Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9
Adam Beck: 13 Things You Should Definitely NOT Say to Your Bilingual Kids to Get Them Speaking Your Language bilingualmonkeys.com/13-things-you-should-definitely-not-say-to-your-bilingual-kids/ Feb 14, 2019 13:00:50 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: UPDATE: Good news! My kids have officially passed their first proficiency test in English, our minority language! Many thanks to you all for cheering them on! See: bilingualmonkeys.com/my-bilingual-kids-are-tested-in-their-minority-language-ability/ Feb 28, 2019 14:56:36 GMT 9 *