Bilingual family profile:
Majority language: Japanese.
Minority (target) language: English.
Method used for Adam’s family: OPOL (One Parent One Language) since birth of the children.
Location of this bilingual family: Japan.
Adam is raising his children in English and Japaneses in Japan. Adam only speaks English to his kids. His wife is Japanese and she only speaks Japanese to the children. The children go to the local Japanese school. The language used by the siblings when they are together is Japanese. Adam speaks English to his wife. His wife speaks Japanese to Adam. Adam’s children have native proficiency of English at their grade level in speaking, reading, and writing. Adam’s children are currently 12 years old and 9 years old.
Watch this extensive conversation with Adam Beck, author of Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids now right here. If you are raising a bilingual child now or if you are thinking about raising your child in more than one language from birth you will enjoy this lively talk with Adam Beck, the entertaining and creative founder at Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo. Adam shares his bilingual education expertise with us as a writer, a coach, a teacher, and a parent. You will get to know the highlights from his new book on raising bilingual kids, his personal language background, his bilingual family story and how you can not only stay strong on the bilingual journey but expand the horizon and maximize your child’s bilingual ability with joy! Quick takeaway: Be serious and be very playful!
Watch this author interview on YouTube Miss Panda Chinese channel or right here on the screen below.
01:15 Greetings from Hiroshima, Japan. Adam talks about his family language environment.
04:40 Making the language meaningful. Adam’s personal language experience and his bilingual education journey.
08:50 Adam talks about why parents need both the perspectives (ways of thinking) and principals (ways of acting and doing) on the bilingual parenting journey.
10:45 Where do parents start? Why the early years are important?
16:05 Be very serious and be very playful!
18:25 What to expect when kids go to school in the majority language and how parents can maintain strong on the bilingual journey – Perseverance & keep going!
25:00 Why we need to be patient, be faithful, and we have to believe that our efforts will matter over time on this journey. It is never too late to start your bilingual journey with your child.
38:05 Books and reading in the minority language are important. Ideas on resource – wordless books and much more.
43:40 How to keep the enthusiasm in your child. For parents – how to keep a positive spirit on the bilingual journey.
46:30 Adam’s Show and Tell – Look who’s talking?
48:50 Even for busy parents the quotes and quick takeaways in Adam’s book, Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability makes it easy for you to read and get ideas and tips from.
55:00 How to connect with Adam & Thank you!
I am thrilled to share Adam’s wonderful book that is praised by parents worldwide with you: Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability – Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids.
Connect with Adam Beck:
Visit his websites – Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo.