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What the World Is Saying About My Book On Raising Bilingual Children

October 20, 2016

What the World Is Saying About My Book On Raising Bilingual Children

This week marks the half-year anniversary since my new book was released, on April 17, so I thought it would be a good time to provide an update on the past six months.

I’m happy to report that the early response to the book, from both professionals in the field and parents around the world, has been extremely positive. Below I’ll share a sampling of these impressions, along with links to interviews in which I talk about the book on audio or video.

First, though, please let me make another appeal for your support.

1. If you haven’t read the book yet, I’m confident it can give the same kind of empowering boost to your bilingual journey as it has with hundreds of other readers. At the same time, the proceeds from this book make it possible for me to keep Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo going and growing! All this online content is free—and I want to keep it free—but it’s also true that it’s getting costly for me to maintain these two sites. This means that your purchase helps us both in important ways! Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability is available worldwide, in paperback and as an e-book, at Amazon and other retailers.

2. If you’ve read the book (or after you read it), please share your impressions with others in a review at Amazon, one of the global Amazon sites, or elsewhere online. I know this step can easily be overlooked in the midst of our busy lives, but your review (even a short one is fine!) would be so helpful in spreading the word to others. At the same time, this feedback from each reader means a lot to me personally. So I’d truly appreciate it! (And please feel free to share your impressions in other languages besides English!)

3. Please continue to tell others about the book. Your support through word-of-mouth is another key factor in exposing the book and its value to other bilingual and multilingual families. And with Christmas approaching, you might even consider gifting a few copies of the book, too! It makes a nice present! :mrgreen:

Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids

Thank you! I honestly don’t like “selling” the book, but I believe deeply in its value to other parents and providing support so that families worldwide can experience greater success and joy on this marvelous journey is at the very heart of my work.

Reviews from professionals in the field

Note: If you’re interested in reading and reviewing my book for your website or publication, please email me directly.

Annick De Houwer, one of the world’s leading researchers on bilingualism in children and author of the seminal books Bilingual First Language Acquisition and An Introduction to Bilingual Development, has endorsed my book (in English and German) on her website at the University of Erfurt, in Germany, where she serves as a professor of language acquisition and multilingualism.

Endorsement by Annick De Houwer

Christine Jernigan, who holds a PhD in foreign language education and has authored Family Language Learning, an excellent book for non-native parents of the minority language, offered this praise after reading my guide:

“Who but Adam Beck can tie together the complexities of raising a bilingual child with such wisdom, warmth, and wit? An in-the-trenches father, he shows how fun speaking another language at home can be. His work tells you not only the benefits and the methods, but delves deep into how to motivate both yourself and your child. He gives the percentages of success for the various bilingual strategies (One parent, one language: 74.24%), but for those who heed his advice, count on 100%.”

Ana Paula Mumy, a trilingual speech-language pathologist raising bilingual children of her own, who offers insightful advice at The Speech Stop, had this to say:

“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 so 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 of thinking) and principles (ways of acting) will certainly bring about right thinking that leads to right doing when it comes to fostering active bilingual language ability in children. His use of effective analogies and metaphors also enable key concepts to seek in deep and remain as crucial elements in the foundation that must be laid in order for us, bilingual parents, to reach our hefty goals.

Adam shows us clearly how to set a solid foundation in the minority language and gives us practical ideas for how to keep building upon that foundation. From personal experience as well as considerable teaching experience, Adam demonstrates clearly how ‘effective habits and routines must be mindfully established and diligently maintained, as well as thoughtfully adjusted as the circumstances of your journey evolve.’ He reminds us of the sober reality of the challenge undertaken and of the daily effort required when raising bilingual children. He speaks of the passion, enthusiasm, motivation, energy, engagement, commitment, creativity, discipline, follow-through, investment, joy, persistence, and perseverance involved. But instead of ending the book completely overwhelmed by the task ahead, the reader is energized as Adam equips us with very practical and important practices that make meeting this sizable challenge both possible and manageable. I also appreciate that though he is recounting his own journey, he is never imposing his way or his aim upon the reader, and he frequently acknowledges the vast diversity of family circumstances, language- and culture-specific situations as well as varying personal goals.”

Eliza Sarnacka-Mahoney is a Polish journalist who reports on issues involving bilingualism. In the midst of her own successful bilingual journey in the U.S. with two children, she wrote a review at Dobra Polska Szkola (in English and Polish) that includes this perspective:

“…a lively, engaging journey across the life of a real blood-and-bones family. It speaks in the voices of real people and conveys a lot of messages through real life situations. I believe this information may be important especially to those of us who, like myself, had plenty of experience with ‘guides’ that brought distress and discouragement instead of promised help. I am talking about the kind of self-help that is overridden with good advice yet impersonal in its overall tone and thus makes it harder to see how a particular piece of advice might be applied in real life. I am taking about that picture of perfection staring at us from thickly covered pages and making us feel inadequate and wanting when we think of our own family situations. Adam Beck gives us plenty of good advice and support yet he is the first one to admit that failure – or, at least, the feeling that we have failed – as well as the ‘trial-by error’ approach are everyday components in the life of a parent raising bilingual children. So are the questions hitting us like a stubbornly reappearing boomerang: Will I succeed? Is this investment worth it? Adam Beck does not hesitate to open before us the door to his real home and to let us see both the victories and flops of his own efforts. He is present in his book both as a guide but also as its protagonist together with the rest of his wonderful, bilingual family.”

Isabelle O’Neill, founder of the Multilingual Cafe, wrote an informative review at her blog and closed with this endorsement:

“I would highly recommend reading Adam Beck’s Maximize your Child’s Bilingual Ability. Different and easy to read, linked to his own personal experience, this book offers another view on the experience and ‘marathon’ of parenting the bilingual child. I am very grateful he asked me to read it and review it.”

Olena Centeno, founder of Bilingual Kids Rock, reviewed the book and read excerpts from it in this podcast episode.

Reviews from parents raising bilingual kids

Many positive reviews have been made at Amazon, the global Amazon sites, and Goodreads.

Excerpts from the reviews at Amazon…

THIS is what I was searching for! I’m German, my husband is American and we have a 7 month old son who we want to raise bilingual. This book is a delight to read and provides so many useful insights and tips! I will even buy it as a wedding gift to my brother who is getting married to a French native. I think it’s so good! By the way, this is probably my first Amazon review but I just had to do it! Buy the book, you won’t regret it.”

Extremely practical and inspiring guide for parents! This book is simply excellent. Beck has obviously poured his heart and soul into the bilingual journey of his children, and by reading this book, we the readers get to benefit from his giant efforts.”

Practical, humorous & inspiring guide for bilingual families. This is a fantastic book, not only for raising bilingual kids, but for parenting and teaching in general. The author has clearly lived and tried everything he suggests, and he’s provided tested recipes for successfully creating a happy, multilingual home.”

Very inspiring! As a Spanish native speaker living in Germany, it is very important for me that my 3 kids grow up bilingual. 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 with lots of ideas I will implement with my children. I am sure I will be re-reading the book for renewed inspiration whenever I find new challenges on our family’s bilingual journey.”

Great encouragement for the bilingual journey! If you are a parent looking to raise your child with two or more languages, and need some encouragement as well as some concrete suggestions to help you along the way, look no further. This is the book you need. Then once you’ve read it, check out Adam’s blog or join the forum for even more great ideas and a community of people with the same goal for their children.”

And a review at Amazon UK

A must read! I very rarely say ‘you must read this’ but if you are a parent or carer raising children bilingually, or thinking about doing so, look no further. We are parents to a two year old boy and a three month old girl and have found this book incredibly helpful and informative. Prior to our son being born, we both researched around the subject of how to best support him to become bilingual. Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability is such a welcome break from the usual dry academic resources. If you are going to read one book about raising bilingual children, make it this one.

Adam draws not only from his extensive knowledge on the subject and experience teaching and mentoring, but also from his experience as a parent to two bilingual children. The result is a human, joyous read; beautifully written and easily digestible. We finished reading it feeling really inspired and full of new ideas about how to best continue along our journey speaking three languages at home.”

Interviews about the book on audio and video

Marianna Du Bosq, founder of Bilingual Avenue, invited me to chat about the book and my own bilingual journey in this podcast episode, a conversation that ran nearly an hour.

Christa Jimenez and Heather Robertson-Devine, the team behind BilingualWe, interviewed me in this videotaped episode via Google Hangouts.

Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids

Everyone, thank you for your interest in my work and your generous support! Best bilingual wishes to you all! :mrgreen:

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