There is one thing that I have learned in my life as an immigrant is that in every populated area, underneath the world of the majority language, there's always a lower layer of groups that congregate together who speak the same minority language. They meet, set up schools for their kids, have parties, all without majority language speakers ever noticing. By and large it's all by word of mouth or friends of friends sort of acquaintance chain.
Luckily for you these groups have gone high tech. A quick search on Facebook for "expat" and "Buenes Aires" found two groups of English speakers in your city. Find your favorite social media, and there look for keywords that would net you your linguistic group, join and start getting to know some of the people there. In no time flat your kids will have English speaking art classes, weekend camping trips and all the things you never imagined that goes on in the immigrant/expat community.
Also, have no fear. In all my Russian gatherings there have always been people who had absolutely no Russian blood or experience, they were there only for the culture or the language. They have always, always been welcomed with open arms.
I've tried online searches many times, and although I did find some websites or groups, most of the times they were not actively having meetings or they were expat groups with a clearly different purpose.
But I'll keep at it, maybe I'm lucky in my next search.
What about starting something yourself Pablo? Not easy I know but maybe...if you build it they will come! An ad on social media, contacting these seemingly inactive groups you have found etc, perhaps you can find individual members motivated to try again. Or maybe you could contact language schools which might have proficient English speakers as teachers who also have children and would be interested.
I've taken some initiatives myself, living in a little French village. I drive one hour to an English Speakers Club monthly, and started a Saturday session so I can continue attending now that I'm back to work. I also meet up with one other bilingual mum and baby every Friday, and sing and read at my daughter's daycare.
English speaking Canadian Mom, French speaking Dad, transitioning to minority language at home (English) with our daughter in France. Our daughter is doing great with English:)
Hello! I have been trying to find playgroups for kids in English (as it is our minority language) too. I have two girls, one is 5 and the youngest is about to turn 3. We live in a little town near Rosario in Argentina, but I wouldn't mind traveling to BA.
I am raising them in English which is not my native language, though. So maybe some native speakers would be more than welcome.
Post by Gabriela Guarnerio on Sept 14, 2016 12:44:20 GMT 9
Hi Lucre! I recently open a meetup for Buenos Aires, and lots of people signed in, but when I proposed a playgroup, none reacted.
If you are willing to come to Buenos Aires from time to time, I'll love to meet you! You got me on FB do you can reach out to me anytime.
Maybe if you open your own meetup in Rosario? I'd be glad to help you out. Last weekend I hosted one, but with online students, and it was a success! Maybe you can find bilingual parents in your area, or expats. Hit me up!
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