"Bilingual Success Stories Around the World" is a real-life roadmap to greater success and joy for any parent raising bilingual or multilingual children. Written by Adam Beck, in the same empowering spirit as his influential first book "Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability", this practical, worldly-wise guide features the success stories of a wide range of families and details the kinds of attitudes and actions that can enable your family to enjoy the same sort of rewarding success. The focus of this book is on the actual practice of raising children to acquire active ability in more than one language, conveyed through the revealing experiences of parents who are now succeeding admirably at their bilingual or multilingual aim. Read this book for ideas and inspiration to help you realize your own family’s joyful success story!
"The engaging book you're about to read focuses on parents who are successfully raising children who are fluent in a minority language spoken at home. The book tells the stories of 26 families from across the globe, from China through Poland to California, representing scores of minority languages, from Mongolian in Denmark to Hindi in the United States. The stories tell of dedication, effort, perseverance, and love—love for minority languages, and, above all, for the children who speak them." From the Foreword by Dr. Annick De Houwer, Director of HaBilNet
Adam Beck is the author of the popular books "Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability" and "Bilingual Success Stories Around the World", both praised worldwide by parents and leaders in the field of child bilingualism for their practical and empowering approach to the bilingual aim. He is also the author of 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.
In addition, he created "28 Bilingual English-Spanish Fairy Tales & Fables", a language learning resource containing short, simple texts on dual-facing English and Spanish pages. This engaging book, with online audio, is useful for any learner of Spanish or English, from kids to adults.
Adam is the founder of the influential blog Bilingual Monkeys and the lively forum The Bilingual Zoo. Along with his books and his online writing, he provides empowering support to bilingual and multilingual families through personal coaching, online and off, and through speaking appearances at conferences and workshops worldwide. He is on the consultation team at the Harmonious Bilingualism Network (HaBilNet), led by Annick De Houwer.
An educator for over 30 years, Adam has worked with hundreds of bilingual and multilingual children as a classroom teacher and private tutor. Originally from the United States, he has lived in Hiroshima, Japan since 1996 and is raising two trilingual children in Japanese, English, and Spanish. He attended college in New York, graduate school in San Francisco, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Czech Republic, where he taught English at the University of West Bohemia in the city of Plzen.
Adam also has a background in theater arts and worked for many years in children’s theater as a director and playwright. He is the author of the award-winning humorous novel for children and adults titled "How I Lost My Ear" (illustrated by Simon Farrow), which critics have called "an extraordinary imaginative achievement" and compared to "the best of Roald Dahl."
I devoured this book of anecdotes of bilingual families from around the world. It was like having a conversation with a variety of friends to hear their experiences and advice on raising bilingual children. It was a huge encouragement for me as I seek to raise my daughter bilingually even as a non-native speaker of the minority language. (There was even an example of that exact same situation!)
Another great benefit of this book is contact/blog information for the parents interviewed in this book. Through this feature, I was able to read even more information about the family whose situation is most like my own.
This fascinating book will show you that there are many successful ways to gift children with multiple languages from infancy. Whatever your situation and language experience, there is probably a path that you can follow to successfully foster bilingualism in your family. Determination is perhaps the only common trait of the many families interviewed by expert author Adam Beck. A great resource to gain confidence in your own bilingual journey.
This is a very empowering book. Any parent raising a multilingual kid finds herself/himself at a point when they start to wonder - "am I doing this right?" "what will happen in a few years time?". Adam Beck's book gives the reader an opportunity to learn from the experience of others and chose their own path having the know-how of 26 other families, each of which followed a slightly different path. Real-life stories speak for themselves.
This book is a follow up to Adam’s previous book. The testimonies of families around the world at different stages of their child development is a powerful and motivational tool for parents wanting to do the same. It is depicting different ways to success towards their goals. The creativity of these parents has no limits and is a breath of fresh air.