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Announcement: It’s Been a Tough Year, and It’s Time For a Break

This has been a tough year for me and my family. My mother passed away in March, then my father passed away in May. Because I’ll be returning to the U.S. again this month for my father’s memorial service—and because I need a break from blogging at this time—I won’t be making any new posts in June.

Actually, right now I’m making a short film about my father’s life for his memorial service. I’m bringing together photos that span from his boyhood to his old age, along with photos of his art work, and combining these images with recordings of him singing several of his original folk songs.

Making this film—watching his whole life unfold from beginning to end, in 10 minutes, and hearing his voice still ring out with vigor—has been a remarkable experience: so beautiful and so sad. Human life, no matter how you count the time, passes too quickly and lasts too briefly.

So I’ll be back in July and at that point, too, I’ll have a better idea about how to move forward from here with my work to support families with bilingual and multilingual children.

In the meantime, you’ll find all the many resources I offer for parents at this one handy page.

And speaking of support, I’d love yours, too. The best way to lend support to my work is by reading my books and sharing your impressions with others. I put my whole heart into writing them and people all over the world have responded to them so positively. If you haven’t read them yet, I think you’ll find them well worth your time and the modest expense. (Really, these books don’t cost much but they provide substantial value to the reader and are the main way I can sustain my blog and forum as free sites.)

So if you’d like to give a little something back, getting copies of my books, for yourself or for a friend, and telling others about them, is the very best way to do it.

Thank you, friends, and I hope June is a fun and productive month for you and your family. :mrgreen:

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Welcome to Bilingual Monkeys!

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 widely-read book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability. I’ve been an educator and writer in this field for over 20 years as well as the parent of two bilingual children, now 16 and 13. I hope my work can help empower the success of your bilingual journey.

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