Bilingual Monkeys offers strategies and support for busy parents seeking to raise bilingual children. This blog, created by an educator and parent who has worked with hundreds of bilingual and multilingual children over the past 20 years, provides practical ideas and inspiration to help meet this challenge with greater success—and experience greater joy in the process.
Welcome! My name is Adam Beck and I live in Hiroshima, Japan. I came to Japan in 1996 and taught English to bilingual children at Hiroshima International School for a number of years. Since leaving the school, and pursuing a new path as a writer, I’ve continued tutoring bilingual children who live in the Hiroshima area.
I also have two bilingual children who speak Japanese and English. My daughter was born in June 2004 and my son arrived in March 2007. (My wife is Japanese and uses Japanese with them; I communicate with them in English, our minority language.)
I began this blog in September 2012 to share what I’ve learned over the years in my work as a teacher and parent, hoping this information could be useful to others on their own bilingual journey.
Along with my regular posts, I offer a free newsletter with further tips and encouragement. The newsletter is emailed every Sunday (a little boost for the coming week) and can serve as a helpful reminder of your long-term goal for your children’s bilingual ability—especially when you get caught up in the busy day-to-day activities of life. Remember, realizing that goal will take years, but it must be part of your daily awareness and effort. In that sense, the newsletter acts as a kind of coach, checking in with you each week and motivating you to continue trying your best for the sake of your children’s bilingual future.
I hope you find Bilingual Monkeys helpful to you and your children. Feel free to reach out by commenting on a post or contacting me directly.
Best wishes from Hiroshima,
P.S. To learn more about me and my family, see My Family. (You can find a picture of us there, too!)