We got to a point where my daughter (3, soon to be 4), would benefit a lot from speaking English with other children. We'll be visiting England this summer, but what she really needs is to play with children in English on a regular basis... So far, she only knows English-speaking adults, so we hear a lot of children expressions in Spanish: me he caído (I fell) ¡Toma! (Take that!) etc...
So if you live in Madrid, speak English to your children, and you'd like to meet so that the children can play (and we can chat about how fun/crazy/you-name-it this bilingual ride is too!) we're game. Just let me know!!
It's a shame we aren't nearer!! We are two hours drive away from Madrid (1hr by AVE). I'm sure you will find lots of English speaking families in Madrid though...keep seeing so many English things and activities you can do in Madrid!! Lucky you off to the UK! I haven't been back for nearly 5 years now!! Am going to plan a trip for next year!!
Thanks, Tracey!! Maybe one day we can meet halfway. Just say the word! Hope you do get to visit the UK next year; the timing would be perfect for your youngest, as it seems to be around the time they turn 2 when they make a lot of language progress.
As far as English activities in Madrid, it's true that there are quite a few, but I feel my daughter gets bored when we go and doesn't participate much; these are activities for children learning English at school as a second language, so I can see why she loses interest very quickly.
Oh that would be great!! Either meeting halfway or in Madrid one day would be lovely (love going to Madrid and before I had kids went a lot more!) Crossing my fingers that next year I'll finally get to take my kids to the UK. That's a shame! I suppose that many activities are aimed at Spanish kids learning English but think there must be some stuff for bilingual kids too. Have you looked at Kids In Madrid? Even the fact that there are English bookshops or more bookshops which sell English books, you can go to the cinema and see films in original version and can also take your kids to bilingual nurseries/schools is great. Another great free paper is In Madrid which is in English...I used to pick it up when I visited Madrid...maybe it's not printed anymore but I think it's also online...they advertise lots of events and English dentists, doctors etc.
Hi Tracey!! Thanks for the tip on where to find more things in English!! Hubby and I used to always watch movies in English, but with the little one being too little for movies we can't take both. The only time I can take my daughter is when she's off school and her brother isn't, which means a morning on a weekday, when there are no movies in English to be watched. *rolls eyes* Not to mention that most movies in the original version are for adults, not for children. I haven't heard about the paper you mention, but I'll google it. My husband will think I'm even crazier than he already thinks I am if I start taking the kids to English speaking health professionals, lol. As far as bookstores go, I must confess I order most of ours online.
Well, if you come to Madrid, please let me know!! If not, let's talk after the summer holidays and find a way to get together! If I forget to PM you in September -my brain is fried-, please remind me!
hehehe no problem! I hope you find them useful! I just found loads of stuff on Facebook in Madrid about English stuff. There's also The Things You Miss (if it's still open) and The Food Hall where you can get English food and drink (always tried to go to at least one of them when I used to go to Madrid) and you should check out English Shorts (short theatre plays but these are more for adults I think) and then there's another website about English theatre in Madrid (but again unfortunately aimed more at adults). We should definitely try to do that in September...may also go one weekend to Madrid to do a Jolly Phonics training course.
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Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! P.S. I like hippos.
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Alba: So funny, Amy! Great to hear I love the word Hypo, every child says it different! My son did something similar when he say "This tocotó", he calls horses "tocotó" based on the noise they made when trotting (tocotó, iiii (neigh)-ok, for a Spanish ear)
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Amy: Cheer Alba and Adam Beck! . I love these "baby" words. They are so cute. I like the "This tocotó" another example of state of the art Spanglish <3
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Amy: Such a lovely feeling, isn't it? I miss that!
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Mayken: It is, Amy . I didn't realise how much I had missed it.
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Amy: Last year, a new colleague joined my team. She's trilingual in the same languages as me. It was like magic. We change languages and even code-switch several time a day. I had missed that so much!! My monolingual colleagues must think we're freaks! lol
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May 8, 2019 4:58:26 GMT 9
Mayken: That must have been wonderful, Amy! I'm sorry she is leaving. I would love to find someone like that. We had an English intern last year who spoke German and French. We chatted a lot.
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Caro C.: Oh Amy I sort of feel related to what you are saying. Some months ago I made a friend from the US. She happens to be a neighbor with four kids. We’ve been sharing back and forth and I’d love my baby girl to eventually be able to share with her children
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Caro C.: Although maybe they will be a bit old for her, still we (I mean their mom = Sarah and me) both are very happy and grateful for each other as friends.
May 13, 2019 12:57:05 GMT 9
Mayken: As of yesterday, I am aunt to a baby girl who lives in our ml country with 2 ml parents, and I'm already planning to get them a nice nursery rhymes CD for our first visit.
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Adam Beck: Nice, Mayken! Have a happy visit!
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Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
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Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input.
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