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Happy Holidays from Hiroshima!

Drum roll, please. It’s time, as promised, to pick the two lucky monkeys for this year’s Christmas Giveaway!

In fact, I’m doing this live, with Lulu and Roy here beside me. The names of all subscribers to the Bilingual Monkeys Newsletter have been placed into a fuzzy Christmas stocking and Lulu and Roy will each put a paw inside and pull out one winner. These two winners will receive a $20 gift card for!

Lulu’s hand dives deep into the stocking first, squirms about, and now reappears with a slip of paper bearing the name…


Roy is next, his hand a bit sticky from a half-eaten candy cane. He fishes about inside the stocking, papers rustling, and produces the name…


Congratulations, you two! Your prize will be emailed to you today! (And if your name happens to be Annika or Amy, and you don’t hear from me directly—so check your junk mail folder, just in case—I’m afraid the winner was a different Annika or Amy.)

Thanks to everyone who took part in this giveaway! If you didn’t win, well, don’t lose heart—it was the first giveaway for subscribers to the newsletter, but it won’t be the last!

Also, an announcement: Over the holidays I’ll take a short break from blogging, but I’ll be back with my first post of the new year on January 4. I look forward to a lively 2013 at Bilingual Monkeys and I’d be grateful for your ongoing support! (I’ll continue sending the newsletter on Sunday, though, so please sign up if you’re not already a subscriber.)

In the meantime, why not catch up with the articles you haven’t yet read? You can browse ideas on raising bilingual children within the ideas category, or find inspiration for this challenge in the inspiration category. You can also learn a lot more about my family’s adventures in raising bilingual kids by reading the page My Family and peeking into the My Family category.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


2 Responses

  1. Thank you so much, what a great surprise for Christmas! I hope your holidays are going well in Hiroshima, wishing you and your family a wonderful year 2013!

    For Be Bilingual, the year 2013 will be all about Biliteracy – I can’t wait to share your posts and insights on the subject on our FB page! I really love the ridiculous riddles, maybe we could try to translate some into other languages too?

    all the best, Annika

    1. Annika, you’re welcome! I was amazed when Lulu pulled your name out of the stocking!

      I hope 2013 is a great year for you (and your book, which I’m now set to read), and I look forward to working with you! Yes, it would be fun if the ridiculous riddles could be shared with kids in other languages, too!

      For now, Happy New Year!


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I’m Adam Beck, the founder of this blog and The Bilingual Zoo, a lively worldwide forum for parents raising bilingual or multilingual kids. I’m also the author of the popular books Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability and Bilingual Success Stories Around the World. I’ve been an educator and writer in this field for 25 years as well as the parent of two bilingual children, now 19 and 16. I hope my work can help empower the success of your bilingual journey.

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