Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids by Adam BeckMaximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids by Adam Beck

Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy…

byAdam Beck

Paperback | May 6, 2016

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Praised worldwide by parents and experts in the field, Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability is the uniquely empowering guidebook to the bilingual journey by Adam Beck, the founder of the popular blog Bilingual Monkeys ( and the lively forum The Bilingual Zoo (

Beck, a longtime practitioner of bilingual development in children, shares the best of his personal experience as an educator and parent, offering a wealth of actionable advice in this practical and comprehensive road map to greater success and joy raising bilingual and multilingual kids.

Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability will enable you to...

*Deepen your grasp of the key factors (including the two “core conditions”) for successfully nurturing a bilingual child

*Strengthen your efforts by taking even more mindful and effective action on a regular basis

*Boost your child’s language development, day by day, and bilingual ability over the years of childhood

*Empower your spirit and feel greater motivation, enthusiasm, and perseverance

*Experience a more joyful adventure with your child and a richer, closer relationship

Praised by parents of bilingual and multilingual kids around the world...

“There are many resources out there for bilingual families, but Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability is uniquely special.” —Ana Paula in the U.S.

“After reading Adam’s book and putting into practice every tactic suitable to our circumstances, I noticed extraordinary progress in my son’s language ability.” —Deborah in the U.S.

“If you are going to read one book about raising bilingual children, make it this one. We finished reading it feeling really inspired and full of new ideas.” —Alex in the U.K.

“Looks at bilingual upbringing from a different angle. Full of passion, enthusiasm, positivity, and interesting insights.” —Jana in the U.K.

“The most useful, practical, and motivating book on the market.” —Arancha in Spain

“If you are a parent looking to raise your child with two or more languages, look no further. This is the book you need.” —Alisa in France

“A treasure trove of wonderful practical ideas and creative tips.” —Julia in the U.S.

“The perfect guidebook for our family’s ongoing multilingual journey.” —Jonathan in Japan

“An ideal read when you’re expecting, and a good present for future parents to a bilingual baby!” —Julie in the U.K.

“A very inspirational book. A must-read for bilingual families.” —Gabi in Argentina

Praised by experts in the field...

“A pure gem! Adam Beck has created a truly wonderful and easily readable book that parents everywhere will enjoy and that bilingual families and children will benefit from.” —Dr. Annick De Houwer, leading researcher of child bilingualism and author of Bilingual First Language Acquisition

“Who but Adam Beck can tie together the complexities of raising a bilingual child with such wisdom, warmth, and wit? He shows how fun speaking another language at home can be." —Christine Jernigan, PhD in foreign language education and author of Family Language Learning

“I have recommended it often to parents raising bilingual children. Without fail, their reaction is ‘Thank you. This is exactly what I need.’” —Jennifer Brunk, longtime educator and founder of the popular site Spanish Playground

Adam Beck has worked with hundreds of bilingual and multilingual children, from toddlers to teens, as both a classroom teacher and a private tutor over the past 20 years. He now lends support to many more families, in all parts of the world, through his blog Bilingual Monkeys ( and his forum The Bilingual Zo...
Title:Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy…Format:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:May 6, 2016Publisher:Bilingual AdventuresLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:4908629013

ISBN - 13:9784908629013

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionAbout Me and My FamilyHow to Make the Most of This BookPart One: PerspectivesPerspective 1: The Spirit of the Bilingual JourneyPerspective 2: The Best Thing About Raising a Bilingual ChildPerspective 3: Your Actions Matter ProfoundlyPerspective 4: Your Child Wants to Be BilingualPerspective 5: Put the Odds of Success in Your FavorPerspective 6: Take Full Advantage of the Early YearsPerspective 7: Stay Conscious of Your QuestPerspective 8: Seize the Day, Day After DayPerspective 9: Persistent Efforts Add Up Over TimePerspective 10: Sustain Good Habits and RoutinesPerspective 11: Fill the "Cracks" of Your DaysPerspective 12: Stay Patient with the ProcessPerspective 13: Practice "Preventive Medicine"Perspective 14: Passion Fuels the ProgressPerspective 15: Be Very Serious, Be Very PlayfulPerspective 16: Don't Teach, Give JoyPerspective 17: The "Magical Ingredient" for MotivationPerspective 18: Engage with Every InterruptionPerspective 19: Creative Thinking Is KeyPerspective 20: It's About How Hard You TryPerspective 21: Maintain Firm ExpectationsPerspective 22: This Journey Is a Very Long TripPerspective 23: Always Be EvolvingPerspective 24: There Is No FailurePerspective 25: You Are Not AlonePerspective 26: Keep a Journal on Your KidsPerspective 27: The Value of an ArchivePerspective 28: Write Letters to the FuturePerspective 29: Appreciate All This KeenlyPerspective 30: Bilingual Kids Can Change the WorldPart Two: PrinciplesPrinciple 1: Make This a PriorityPrinciple 2: Inform Yourself on the SubjectPrinciple 3: Satisfy the Core ConditionsPrinciple 4: Satisfy the Core Conditions: ExposurePrinciple 5: Satisfy the Core Conditions: NeedPrinciple 6: Choose an Effective Language StrategyPrinciple 7: Match Your Action to Your AimPrinciple 8: Reshape the Basic Conditions FirstPrinciple 9: Seek Out Suitable ResourcesPrinciple 10: Ignite Your Child's InterestsPrinciple 11: Hunt for "Home Run Books"Principle 12: Make Productive ChoicesPrinciple 13: Strengthen the Support Around YouPrinciple 14: Talk, Talk, Talk to Your ChildPrinciple 15: Read Aloud Every DayPrinciple 16: Build a Large Home LibraryPrinciple 17: Create a Print-Rich EnvironmentPrinciple 18: Commit to "Captive Reading"Principle 19: Engage in StorytellingPrinciple 20: Make Frequent Use of MusicPrinciple 21: Play Games TogetherPrinciple 22: Prompt Interaction with ImagesPrinciple 23: "Passive Media" Is Supplemental ExposurePrinciple 24: Sustain a Regular Homework RoutinePrinciple 25: Recognize the Reality of SchoolingPrinciple 26: Promote Ties with Grandparents and Loved OnesPrinciple 27: Instill Value in the Minority LanguagePrinciple 28: Take Advantage of Bad Behavior, TooPrinciple 29: Even Failure Can Contribute to SuccessPrinciple 30: Persevere for the PayoffFinal ThoughtsAppendix

Editorial Reviews

Praise from Parents of Bilingual Kids Around the World"As a mother raising bilingual children, and professionally, as a speech-language specialist, I've read and written extensively on the area of bilingualism. There are many resources readily available out there for bilingual families, but 'Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability' is uniquely special. Adam's use of Perspectives (ways ofthinking) and Principles (ways of acting) will certainly bring about right thinking that leads to right doing when it comes to fostering active bilingual ability in children." ~Ana Paula in the United States"I found reading 'Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability' a very uplifting experience. It's easy to read and very enjoyable. Adam speaks from his heart straight into yours and offers a great guide to bilingualism and good parenting. Although I would have loved to read it before my children were born, I gained so much knowledge and tips about bringing up children bilingually that I can't wait to start putting it all into practice! Definitely the most useful, practical, and motivating book on the market." ~Arancha in Spain"I was thrilled to find the community of bilingual parents and children which Adam has founded online at Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo. 'Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability' is the perfect guidebook for our family's ongoing multilingual journey. Adam deftly combines anecdotes from his own experience with a depth of technical knowledge and invaluable research to present a comprehensive program to support any family's language learning goals. His sensitivity to the thousand daily struggles and gifts of fatherhood in a global family are always a joy to read." ~Jonathan in Japan"This is a very inspirational book, full of funny anecdotes and helpful tips, that you will want to put into practice right away. A must-read for bilingual families." ~Gabi in Argentina"I've read quite a few books on the subject and I found Adam's book different, a very inspiring and motivating book for parents of bilingual children, full of real-life examples of the author's children and lots of ideas I will implement with my own kids. I'm sure I will be re-reading the book for renewed inspiration whenever I find new challenges on our family's bilingual journey." ~Marta in Germany"An honest and engaging book full of motivational insights and practical advice on how to foster bilingualism, from an author with a uniquely valuable perspective as both an educator and a parent. It is culturally sensitive, respectful, and valuable to any family raising bilingual children, no matter its location, languages, or finances. The second part, Principles, is a treasure trove of wonderful practical ideas and creative tips." ~Julia in the United States"A book full of passion, enthusiasm, positivity, and interesting insights. Adam offers invaluable advice to parents and useful suggestions on how to keep going and progressing, even when things get tough. This is not just a book about language, though. It is a book about love and respect, values and feelings, and the beauty of life and fostering an appreciation for it. A great book, which I would recommend to anyone thinking of bringing their children up in two or more languages." ~Jana in the United Kingdom"Adam brings us this book with his perspective as both a language educator and a parent in the trenches, living the experience alongside us. His book is comprehensive. He goes beyond nuts and bolts to our emotions, passion, motivation, and frustrations. His anecdotes and illustrations keep the book light and readable for every parent. He has a unique way of encouraging parents throughout the book, and tells us that every parent can be successful at raising a bilingual child. If you are a parent looking to raise your child with two or more languages, look no further. This is the book you need." ~Alisa in France