About this Site

Welcome to Bilingual Monkeys

Bilingual Monkeys offers strategies and support for busy parents seeking to raise bilingual children. This site, created by an educator and parent who has worked with hundreds of bilingual and multilingual children for over 20 years, provides practical ideas and inspiration to help meet this challenge with greater success—and experience greater joy along the way.

Welcome! My name is Adam Beck and I live in Hiroshima, Japan. I’m originally from the U.S. and I came to Japan in 1996. For a number of years I taught English to bilingual children at Hiroshima International School before shifting toward my blogging and writing work. I have two bilingual children who speak Japanese and English (and are learning Spanish, too). My daughter, Lulu, is now 16 and my son, Roy, is 13. My wife, Keiko, is Japanese and uses Japanese with our kids; I communicate with them in English, our minority language. (These aren’t their real names because I promised to preserve at least a little of their privacy when I began this blog.)
This is a photo of us when we were all a bit younger.

Beyond this Blog

I launched Bilingual Monkeys in the fall of 2012. Currently, there are a total of 455 blog posts, including 36 guest posts from experts in the field and experienced parents, as well as 3,492 comments. Feel free to browse through the posts or search for something more specific.

I started The Bilingual Zoo forum in 2014, a lively worldwide community where parents can share their experiences and lend mutual support. There are now around 1,200 members, 1,168 threads, and 12,262 posts. Membership is free.

You can also find me at my YouTube channel and at various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I’ve written a number of books, including the popular guide Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability, praised worldwide by parents and leaders in the field of child bilingualism, and the playful “picture book for adults” titled I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL! (illustrated by Pavel Goldaev), which emphasizes the most important information parents need for realizing joyful success on a bilingual journey. 

And if you’re curious to know a bit more about my background, here are the highlights…

*I grew up in Quincy, Illinois, a small city that stands next to the Mississippi River, not far from Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri.

*I attended college in New York and graduate school in San Francisco. I studied creative writing and theater arts.

*I worked for many years in children’s theater as a director and playwright.

*I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Czech Republic, where I taught English and Drama at the University of West Bohemia in the city of Plzen.

*I love animals and, as a boy, wanted to become a vet…until I struggled in science in junior high. We have a bearded dragon named Fifa, who was the inspiration for a coloring book that Roy and I created, called Bearded Dragon Daydreams.

I hope you find my work a helpful source of support for your family’s bilingual or multilingual journey. If I can be of any assistance beyond the resources that I offer, don’t hesitate to contact me personally.

With my best bilingual wishes,