Continuing down the line of my post “Can Non-Native Parents Express Feelings in the Minority Language?”, in which I mentioned that expressing feelings can be worked on by non-natives if needed, here is a tips-full post to support those in this situation and add a new range of emotions-related vocabulary to your bilingual journey:
- Keep a diary – As with anything, practice makes perfect. But when it comes to a language, we sometimes wished we had a second chance to rephrase what we just voiced. Keeping a diary is a fantastic way to practice. It gives you time to reflect on how you wish to express yourself, but also to look up words and synonyms. This will definitely help you be prepared for emotional discussions with your little one the day they arise.
- Read the diary – Reading books that come in the shape of a diary, such as “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, could help you observe how emotions can be expressed. Search “best diary novels” in GoodReads to get more titles of your own liking.
- Use a synonyms dictionary – Synonym dictionaries are an unsuspected gem. I was 10 when I was given my own copy of a Thesaurus… It has followed me in 3 different countries and has helped me develop my vocabulary beyond measure. I still treasure it today.
- Read about feelings to your child – What a better way for both of you to learn about feelings than through reading about it together? Nowadays, an incredible amount of authors write about feelings, hence there is a good offer of these available. To give you but just one example, Anna Llena’s very popular book, “The Colour Monster”.
- Do not shun talking about your feelings – Each discussion is an opportunity to better your expression, each blank is an opportunity to take a mental note and look it up later to fill that gap.
- Read about emotional intelligence in the minority language– a large amount of books, blogs and articles are written on the topic. Look some of them up to get acquainted with the related vocabulary.
- Listen to podcasts/e-books on emotional intelligence – If you do not have much time for reading, why not route for an audio version of the previous tip? 😉
Any other tips you might want to suggest? Please share them using the comment section.