Adam Beck is creating empowering resources for bilingual and multilingual families.
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Welcome to my Patreon community!

I warmly invite you to join me, the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, on my next adventures in this field—including an exciting new book project—and get exclusive rewards at the same time!


Adam, in one action-packed sentence, please: What’s all this about?

Patreon is a special opportunity for you to join my work in a more personal way—particularly an exciting new book project that I'm set to begin in April—and get exclusive rewards that can further empower the success of your bilingual or multilingual journey, benefits that go beyond all the free content that I offer at Bilingual Monkeys (my blog), The Bilingual Zoo (my forum), and Bilingual Monkeys TV (my YouTube channel).

Tell me about this new book project.

My first book, Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids (published in 2016), relates my personal story, as an educator and parent, nurturing the language development of hundreds of bilingual and multilingual children, including my own two kids. Through the experiences I share in this widely-praised book, I present a range of key perspectives and principles that can enable parents everywhere to realize the same kind of success and joy that I’ve achieved for over 20 years.

My new book is the natural sequel to the first book and will complement it well: while my first book is based on my own story, the new book will be based on the stories of other experienced parents. Tentatively titled Bilingual Earth: Secrets of Success from Parents of Bilingual and Multilingual Children Around the World, it will feature many insightful and encouraging success stories from families who live in a range of countries and circumstances. The book will thus serve as another practical and empowering guide for raising bilingual and multilingual kids.

The idea for Bilingual Earth has risen from my blog and my forum, where parents have shared so many helpful experiences and useful tips. While I hope these experiences and tips will be available online for years to come, I feel it’s also time to create a collection of personal stories in the form of a hands-on, reader-friendly book. And I plan to gather these stories by speaking directly to parents, around the world, through interviews conducted both online and in person.

Through my Patreon page, you can follow the whole process of this new book project—from planning to interviewing to writing to publishing—while gaining a range of valuable advice from these interviews through my special Patreon stream, and even actively contributing your input to help make this the best book it can be.

What’s the timeline for this project?

I would like to release the completed book in the fall of 2020, which means that the process, from start to finish, will last around 18 months.

April~August 2019: make travel plans; begin conducting interviews online; begin writing the book

September-October 2019: travel to the United Kingdom and European countries to conduct in-person interviews; continue writing

November 2019~March 2020: continue conducting online interviews and, if possible, travel to another part of the world to pursue more in-person interviews; continue writing

April~June 2020: share the manuscript of the book with early readers and receive feedback

July~September 2020: reflect on this feedback; revise and finalize the manuscript; prepare the final draft for publishing

October 2020: publish and release the book

At the same time, I will continue doing my best with Bilingual Monkeys, The Bilingual Zoo, and Bilingual Monkeys TV!

But what exactly is Patreon, and how can my support through Patreon help you with your work?

Patreon is a kind of crowdfunding site—a popular and secure platform based in the United States—where people can help fuel the work of various types of independent creators that they believe in and want to support, such as writers, artists, and musicians, by becoming a "patron" and making modest contributions on a monthly basis. (Patrons can cancel these contributions at any time so you'd never be locked into a long-term commitment. Further details on key Patreon policies--particularly with regard to security and privacy--can be found below.)

At the same time, the creators provide their patrons with exclusive rewards in return for their support.

So, in my case, your support through Patreon will not only enable me to pursue this book project—and the rest of my work—more smoothly and successfully, it offers you the opportunity to be a part of all this in a more personal way and receive exclusive rewards that are unavailable outside my Patreon page.
(Of course, this Patreon page is also a more structured and convenient way of offering the chance to give a little something back if you and your family have found value in my work at Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo.)

What kinds of rewards are available here and how can these benefit me and my family?

By joining me at Patreon, and lending support to my work, you’ll be part of a special community and receive a variety of unique rewards. There are 7 different tiers, or levels, of benefits and you’ll find the full details on each tier of benefits below. To choose a tier, just head to the sidebar of this page.

Your support, whichever level you choose, will enable me to fulfill this new book project while continuing to sustain and strengthen all the free online content that I offer for families on a bilingual or multilingual journey.

And as support from this crowdfunding page grows, I’ll be able to do even more! Below this section on rewards, I give further information on my goals, explaining how these Patreon funds will be used.

Reward Tiers

Friends: pledge of $3 per month

Along with full and free access to all the resources I currently offer at Bilingual Monkeys, The Bilingual Zoo, and Bilingual Monkeys TV…

  • You will receive a special bonus PDF, the 2,305-word "19 Vital Reminders for Bilingual and Multilingual Success," a crystal-clear blueprint for success at the bilingual or multilingual aim.
  • You will have exclusive access to my special Patreon stream with regular posts and videos that will follow this book project from beginning to end, including a wide variety of important insights and practical tips shared by experienced parents in my interviews. For more details on the value of this Patreon stream to your bilingual or multilingual aim, see What is my new Patreon stream all about? (Access to my special Patreon stream is available as long as you remain an active Patreon supporter at any tier level.) 
  • You will be recognized as a supporter of my new book project, your name printed in the book with this recognition. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months prior to the time the book is published.)
  • You will have my huge gratitude for your generous support.

Partners: pledge of $7 per month

You will gain all of the above (full and free access to my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my Patreon stream, and my huge gratitude), plus…

  • You will have the opportunity to read the book manuscript in the spring of 2020 and offer feedback for my final revisions, before the book is published. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months at this tier or a higher tier, prior to the time that the manuscript is ready for early readers.)
  • You will be recognized as an early reader and given special thanks for your valuable feedback, your name printed in the book with this recognition. (Those in this tier or higher tiers that choose not to read the book manuscript and provide feedback will be recognized as supporters instead.)

Peers: pledge of $15 per month

You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, and my huge gratitude), plus…

  • You will have direct access to me, anytime, for personal coaching via my private messaging “hotline” at Patreon, to help empower your children's progress and maximize your success at your bilingual or multilingual aim. (This personal coaching is available to you as long as you remain an active Patreon supporter at this tier or a higher tier.)

Colleagues: pledge of $24 per month

You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, and my huge gratitude), plus…

  • You will receive a package with a signed copy of the Bilingual Earth paperback, after it’s released, direct from me in Hiroshima, Japan. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months at this tier, prior to the time that the book is released.)

Associates: pledge of $38 per month limit of 5 supporters in this tier

You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, a signed copy of the paperback, and my huge gratitude), plus…

  • You will receive a package that includes not only the signed paperback, it will also contain some special souvenirs for your family from my travels during the project. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months at this tier or a higher tier, prior to the time that the book is released.)

Allies: pledge of $66 per month limit of 3 supporters in this tier

You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, a signed copy of the paperback and souvenirs from my travels, and my huge gratitude), plus…

  • You will get 1 full hour of personal mentoring via video conferencing (like Skype), once every 3 months, in any of these areas:
    +raising bilingual or multilingual children
    +developing a successful blog or forum
    +writing and publishing books

    (Mentoring can begin after your first 3 monthly contributions are made, then continue every 3 months after that.)

Angels: pledge of $149 per month limit of 2 supporters in this tier

You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, a signed copy of the paperback and souvenirs from my travels, and my huge gratitude), plus…

  • You will get 1 full hour of personal mentoring via video conferencing (like Skype), each and every month you remain a Patreon supporter at this tier, in any of these areas:
    +raising bilingual or multilingual children
    +developing a successful blog or forum
    +writing and publishing books

    (Mentoring can begin after your first monthly contribution is made.)

Adam, how do you plan to use these funds?

First, let me share with you, very honestly…

While I’m truly happy with the success of my first book, Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability—which is the #1 book in its niche at Amazon and has been widely praised by both parents and leaders in the field—my royalties from this book (and from my novel, How I Lost My Ear, published in 2018) currently total only about one-fifth of the income I realistically need to adequately support my family. (This year my kids will turn 15 and 12 and seem to be getting even hungrier!)

And though my blog and forum receive a lot of traffic—roughly 150,000 page views a month, combined—the amount generated by Google ads is small and is used to cover my monthly web hosting fees.

You see, when I started the Bilingual Monkeys blog almost 7 years ago, I didn’t really imagine that my work in this field would grow into essentially a full-time job. I had—and continue to have—two other jobs in order to support my family: I’m a writer and editor for the Hiroshima-area newspaper, and I also teach private lessons to bilingual and multilingual children who live in this city. (My wife works part-time, as a home helper for the elderly, but her income is modest.)

So throughout this time, as I continue to carry on with these two jobs, I’ve been building up my blog (412 posts and counting), running my forum (which now has over 1,000 members), creating videos for my YouTube channel, providing personal support by email and through social media, writing my first book, and managing the many other tasks that come with my growing role in this field. (Oh yes, and savoring some time with my family, too!)

Please don’t misunderstand: I’m not complaining; I just want to be completely candid with you. In fact, I feel very blessed to have had this opportunity to connect with so many families in such a meaningful way. The past 7 years have been pretty hectic, it’s true, but this has also been a deeply gratifying period of my life, both professionally and personally, and I offer my heartfelt appreciation to each one of you for being a part of it.

At the same time, I now have to confess: trying to do this work at a full-time pace while also juggling two other jobs is hard to sustain for much longer. This means that 2019 is a turning point in terms of the revenue generated by my work to support bilingual and multilingual families—and this is why I’m giving Patreon a try. With your help, I’m hoping that this revenue can rise, enabling me to carry out my work in a more effective and sustainable way.

The simple fact is: if I have more funds, I can do more in this field because I won’t need to expend as much time and energy to earn that money elsewhere.

My larger hope is that I can eventually let go of my other jobs when I’m finally able to match my full-time efforts at this work with a full-time income. As a result, my efforts could help even more families on their bilingual or multilingual journey.

So if you choose to join me here at Patreon, and make a modest monthly contribution to support my work, this is what you can expect, with regard to how these funds will be used. Naturally, the greater the total amount I receive each month, from all supporters, the greater number of these aims I’ll be able to pursue and accomplish…

  • Sustain and grow all my free resources: Bilingual Monkeys, The Bilingual Zoo, and Bilingual Monkeys TV.

  • Cover the costs for my new book project, including travel expenses.

  • Hire a part-time assistant to help me with my free resources—in particular, the very active Bilingual Zoo forum—and this new book project.

  • Hire a web designer to help me renew the Bilingual Monkeys website, which now has an aging infrastructure and is badly in need of a complete technical overhaul.

  • Reduce the number of hours I work at my other jobs—and, eventually, let go of these jobs entirely—so I can focus more time and energy on my work to support bilingual and multilingual families.

All this sounds great, Adam, but I still have a few concerns.

I'm not very familiar with Patreon and I'm not sure I feel comfortable giving them my personal information.

I've felt the same way when considering a site that's new to me.

What I've learned about Patreon is that it uses the same internet security protocols as Amazon and has never experienced a security problem since the platform was established in 2013. It currently has over 100,000 creators and over 3 million patrons, who are making contributions that are projected to total more than half a billion (500 million) dollars in 2019. So it's a strong platform!

Patreon processes payments through industry standard third-party processors that include Stripe and PayPal. Credit card information is not stored on Patreon servers; it is encrypted at Stripe, one of the most secure and reputable processors available.

Patreon has a robust privacy policy where you'll also find links to the policies maintained by Stripe and PayPal.

In short, if you feel comfortable making payments through Amazon and other online services, you'll find that Patreon is of the same high standards when it comes to privacy and security.

If I become a patron, I'd have to make a contribution each month. And I may have to pay some tax on this amount, too.

Perhaps it would help to look at it this way: a pledge of $3 a month (and even with some additional tax) is roughly the cost of a cup of coffee. My hope, of course, is that the many resources I offer--along with the many benefits you'll gain at Patreon--can provide at least this much ongoing value to your family's language journey.

The truth is, it's hard to put a value on this goal because, in the end, success and joy at our bilingual or multilingual aim is a priceless thing, really. After all, what is it actually worth to maximize our success and joy at this aim over the course of our children's childhood years? Probably a lot more than a cup of coffee each month--or even many, many cups of coffee. (No matter how tasty your coffee is!)

Remember, too, that Patreon doesn't lock you into a long-term commitment of any kind. You're free to stop (or start) being a patron whenever you like, for whatever reason, if you decide that's best for you. Although Patreon is designed for monthly contributions, it's possible to give the equivalent of a "one-time" contribution by simply being a short-term patron for a few months.

Please know that, however long you choose to be part of this community, I'll be very grateful for all the support you're able to give!

What will happen after the new book is published and this project is complete? Will this Patreon community continue, or will it close?

Looking beyond the book project, if things go well at Patreon, I will likely do my best to maintain this community by renewing the goals and rewards and encouraging supporters to continue this journey with me toward another horizon. But for the next 18 months, my focus will be on fulfilling the goals and rewards that are currently described.

If you have any other questions or concerns about Patreon, or any other aspect of my Patreon community, feel free to email me.

Okay then! So how do I join you?

Patreon makes this part simple and secure. Just follow the steps below, though if you run into any difficulties, I'll be happy to help. Again, you can email me at the link above.

STEP 1
You can click the big "Become a patron" button above then select your desired reward tier from the next page. Or simply click on the button of your desired reward tier from the list of 7 tiers in the sidebar of this page.


Please note:
***If you prefer, it's also possible to make a "custom pledge" without receiving rewards. This can be done by clicking the "Become a patron" button, then clicking the "Make a custom pledge" button at the bottom of the next page.

STEP 2
After you've selected your tier, you'll be taken to the confirmation page for your payment information.


Please note:
***Your monthly pledge will automatically be charged on the 1st of every month, which means the first charge will occur on the 1st of the month following the month in which you joined. (For instance, if you joined on April 20th, your first monthly pledge would be charged on May 1st.) Also, 95% of the funds from your pledge will go toward supporting my work; 5% goes to Patreon as a service fee for its platform.
***You can edit or cancel your payment information at any time, and this includes switching tiers, if you like.
***As noted in my detailed descriptions of the tiers, there are some required lengths (like a minimum of 3 months as a patron) in order to receive certain rewards.

Thank you so much for your support! And once you've joined me here, you can begin to access my exclusive Patreon posts and follow my journey with Bilingual Earth!

Tiers
Join me as a Friend!
$3 or more per month
  • Along with full and free access to all the resources I currently offer at Bilingual Monkeys, The Bilingual Zoo, and Bilingual Monkeys TV…
  • You will receive a special bonus PDF, the 2,305-word "19 Vital Reminders for Bilingual and Multilingual Success," a crystal-clear blueprint for success at the bilingual or multilingual aim.
  • You will have exclusive access to my special Patreon stream with regular posts and videos that will follow this book project from beginning to end, including a wide variety of important insights and practical tips shared by experienced parents in my interviews. For more details on the value of this Patreon stream to your bilingual or multilingual aim, see What is my new Patreon stream all about? (Access to my special Patreon stream is available as long as you remain an active Patreon supporter at any tier level.)
  • You will be recognized as a supporter of my new book project, your name printed in the book with this recognition. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months prior to the time the book is published.)
  • You will have my huge gratitude for your generous support. 
Join me as a Partner!
$7 or more per month
  • You will gain all of the above (full and free access to my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my special Patreon stream, and my huge gratitude), plus…
  • You will have the opportunity to read the book manuscript in the spring of 2020 and offer feedback for my final revisions, before the book is published. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months at this tier or a higher tier, prior to the time that the manuscript is ready for early readers.)
  • You will be recognized as an early reader and given special thanks for your valuable feedback, your name printed in the book with this recognition. (Those in this tier or higher tiers that choose not to read the book manuscript and provide feedback will be recognized as supporters instead.) 
Join me as a Peer!
$15 or more per month
  • You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my special Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, and my huge gratitude), plus…
  • You will have direct access to me, anytime, for personal coaching via my private messaging “hotline” at Patreon, to help empower your children's progress and maximize your success at your bilingual or multilingual aim. (This personal coaching is available to you as long as you remain an active Patreon supporter at this tier or a higher tier.) 
Join me as a Colleague!
$24 or more per month
  • You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my special Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, and my huge gratitude), plus…
  • You will receive a package with a signed copy of the Bilingual Earth paperback, after it’s released, direct from me in Hiroshima, Japan. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months at this tier, prior to the time that the book is released.) 
Join me as an Associate!
$38 or more per month only 5 left
  • You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my special Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, a signed copy of the paperback, and my huge gratitude), plus…
  • You will receive a package that includes not only the signed paperback, it will also contain some special souvenirs for your family from my travels during the project. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months at this tier or a higher tier, prior to the time that the book is released.) 
Join me as an Ally!
$66 or more per month only 3 left
  • You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my special Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, a signed copy of the paperback and souvenirs from my travels, and my huge gratitude), plus…
  • You will get 1 full hour of personal mentoring via video conferencing (like Skype), once every 3 months, in any of these areas:
    +raising bilingual or multilingual children
    +developing a successful blog or forum
    +writing and publishing books

    (Mentoring can begin after your first 3 monthly contributions are made, then continue every 3 months after that.) 
Join me as an Angel!
$149 or more per month only 2 left
  • You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my special Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, a signed copy of the paperback and souvenirs from my travels, and my huge gratitude), plus…
  • You will get 1 full hour of personal mentoring via video conferencing (like Skype), each and every month you remain a Patreon supporter at this tier, in any of these areas:
    +raising bilingual or multilingual children
    +developing a successful blog or forum
    +writing and publishing books
    (Mentoring can begin after your first monthly contribution is made.)
Goals
$62 of $1,000 per month
$1000 a month will enable me to...

*Sustain and grow all my free resources: Bilingual Monkeys, The Bilingual Zoo, and Bilingual Monkeys TV.

*Cover the costs for my new book project, including travel expenses.

*Hire a part-time assistant to help me with my free resources—in particular, the very active Bilingual Zoo forum—and this new book project.
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Welcome to my Patreon community!

I warmly invite you to join me, the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, on my next adventures in this field—including an exciting new book project—and get exclusive rewards at the same time!


Adam, in one action-packed sentence, please: What’s all this about?

Patreon is a special opportunity for you to join my work in a more personal way—particularly an exciting new book project that I'm set to begin in April—and get exclusive rewards that can further empower the success of your bilingual or multilingual journey, benefits that go beyond all the free content that I offer at Bilingual Monkeys (my blog), The Bilingual Zoo (my forum), and Bilingual Monkeys TV (my YouTube channel).

Tell me about this new book project.

My first book, Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids (published in 2016), relates my personal story, as an educator and parent, nurturing the language development of hundreds of bilingual and multilingual children, including my own two kids. Through the experiences I share in this widely-praised book, I present a range of key perspectives and principles that can enable parents everywhere to realize the same kind of success and joy that I’ve achieved for over 20 years.

My new book is the natural sequel to the first book and will complement it well: while my first book is based on my own story, the new book will be based on the stories of other experienced parents. Tentatively titled Bilingual Earth: Secrets of Success from Parents of Bilingual and Multilingual Children Around the World, it will feature many insightful and encouraging success stories from families who live in a range of countries and circumstances. The book will thus serve as another practical and empowering guide for raising bilingual and multilingual kids.

The idea for Bilingual Earth has risen from my blog and my forum, where parents have shared so many helpful experiences and useful tips. While I hope these experiences and tips will be available online for years to come, I feel it’s also time to create a collection of personal stories in the form of a hands-on, reader-friendly book. And I plan to gather these stories by speaking directly to parents, around the world, through interviews conducted both online and in person.

Through my Patreon page, you can follow the whole process of this new book project—from planning to interviewing to writing to publishing—while gaining a range of valuable advice from these interviews through my special Patreon stream, and even actively contributing your input to help make this the best book it can be.

What’s the timeline for this project?

I would like to release the completed book in the fall of 2020, which means that the process, from start to finish, will last around 18 months.

April~August 2019: make travel plans; begin conducting interviews online; begin writing the book

September-October 2019: travel to the United Kingdom and European countries to conduct in-person interviews; continue writing

November 2019~March 2020: continue conducting online interviews and, if possible, travel to another part of the world to pursue more in-person interviews; continue writing

April~June 2020: share the manuscript of the book with early readers and receive feedback

July~September 2020: reflect on this feedback; revise and finalize the manuscript; prepare the final draft for publishing

October 2020: publish and release the book

At the same time, I will continue doing my best with Bilingual Monkeys, The Bilingual Zoo, and Bilingual Monkeys TV!

But what exactly is Patreon, and how can my support through Patreon help you with your work?

Patreon is a kind of crowdfunding site—a popular and secure platform based in the United States—where people can help fuel the work of various types of independent creators that they believe in and want to support, such as writers, artists, and musicians, by becoming a "patron" and making modest contributions on a monthly basis. (Patrons can cancel these contributions at any time so you'd never be locked into a long-term commitment. Further details on key Patreon policies--particularly with regard to security and privacy--can be found below.)

At the same time, the creators provide their patrons with exclusive rewards in return for their support.

So, in my case, your support through Patreon will not only enable me to pursue this book project—and the rest of my work—more smoothly and successfully, it offers you the opportunity to be a part of all this in a more personal way and receive exclusive rewards that are unavailable outside my Patreon page.
(Of course, this Patreon page is also a more structured and convenient way of offering the chance to give a little something back if you and your family have found value in my work at Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo.)

What kinds of rewards are available here and how can these benefit me and my family?

By joining me at Patreon, and lending support to my work, you’ll be part of a special community and receive a variety of unique rewards. There are 7 different tiers, or levels, of benefits and you’ll find the full details on each tier of benefits below. To choose a tier, just head to the sidebar of this page.

Your support, whichever level you choose, will enable me to fulfill this new book project while continuing to sustain and strengthen all the free online content that I offer for families on a bilingual or multilingual journey.

And as support from this crowdfunding page grows, I’ll be able to do even more! Below this section on rewards, I give further information on my goals, explaining how these Patreon funds will be used.

Reward Tiers

Friends: pledge of $3 per month

Along with full and free access to all the resources I currently offer at Bilingual Monkeys, The Bilingual Zoo, and Bilingual Monkeys TV…

  • You will receive a special bonus PDF, the 2,305-word "19 Vital Reminders for Bilingual and Multilingual Success," a crystal-clear blueprint for success at the bilingual or multilingual aim.
  • You will have exclusive access to my special Patreon stream with regular posts and videos that will follow this book project from beginning to end, including a wide variety of important insights and practical tips shared by experienced parents in my interviews. For more details on the value of this Patreon stream to your bilingual or multilingual aim, see What is my new Patreon stream all about? (Access to my special Patreon stream is available as long as you remain an active Patreon supporter at any tier level.) 
  • You will be recognized as a supporter of my new book project, your name printed in the book with this recognition. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months prior to the time the book is published.)
  • You will have my huge gratitude for your generous support.

Partners: pledge of $7 per month

You will gain all of the above (full and free access to my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my Patreon stream, and my huge gratitude), plus…

  • You will have the opportunity to read the book manuscript in the spring of 2020 and offer feedback for my final revisions, before the book is published. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months at this tier or a higher tier, prior to the time that the manuscript is ready for early readers.)
  • You will be recognized as an early reader and given special thanks for your valuable feedback, your name printed in the book with this recognition. (Those in this tier or higher tiers that choose not to read the book manuscript and provide feedback will be recognized as supporters instead.)

Peers: pledge of $15 per month

You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, and my huge gratitude), plus…

  • You will have direct access to me, anytime, for personal coaching via my private messaging “hotline” at Patreon, to help empower your children's progress and maximize your success at your bilingual or multilingual aim. (This personal coaching is available to you as long as you remain an active Patreon supporter at this tier or a higher tier.)

Colleagues: pledge of $24 per month

You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, and my huge gratitude), plus…

  • You will receive a package with a signed copy of the Bilingual Earth paperback, after it’s released, direct from me in Hiroshima, Japan. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months at this tier, prior to the time that the book is released.)

Associates: pledge of $38 per month limit of 5 supporters in this tier

You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, a signed copy of the paperback, and my huge gratitude), plus…

  • You will receive a package that includes not only the signed paperback, it will also contain some special souvenirs for your family from my travels during the project. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months at this tier or a higher tier, prior to the time that the book is released.)

Allies: pledge of $66 per month limit of 3 supporters in this tier

You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, a signed copy of the paperback and souvenirs from my travels, and my huge gratitude), plus…

  • You will get 1 full hour of personal mentoring via video conferencing (like Skype), once every 3 months, in any of these areas:
    +raising bilingual or multilingual children
    +developing a successful blog or forum
    +writing and publishing books

    (Mentoring can begin after your first 3 monthly contributions are made, then continue every 3 months after that.)

Angels: pledge of $149 per month limit of 2 supporters in this tier

You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, a signed copy of the paperback and souvenirs from my travels, and my huge gratitude), plus…

  • You will get 1 full hour of personal mentoring via video conferencing (like Skype), each and every month you remain a Patreon supporter at this tier, in any of these areas:
    +raising bilingual or multilingual children
    +developing a successful blog or forum
    +writing and publishing books

    (Mentoring can begin after your first monthly contribution is made.)

Adam, how do you plan to use these funds?

First, let me share with you, very honestly…

While I’m truly happy with the success of my first book, Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability—which is the #1 book in its niche at Amazon and has been widely praised by both parents and leaders in the field—my royalties from this book (and from my novel, How I Lost My Ear, published in 2018) currently total only about one-fifth of the income I realistically need to adequately support my family. (This year my kids will turn 15 and 12 and seem to be getting even hungrier!)

And though my blog and forum receive a lot of traffic—roughly 150,000 page views a month, combined—the amount generated by Google ads is small and is used to cover my monthly web hosting fees.

You see, when I started the Bilingual Monkeys blog almost 7 years ago, I didn’t really imagine that my work in this field would grow into essentially a full-time job. I had—and continue to have—two other jobs in order to support my family: I’m a writer and editor for the Hiroshima-area newspaper, and I also teach private lessons to bilingual and multilingual children who live in this city. (My wife works part-time, as a home helper for the elderly, but her income is modest.)

So throughout this time, as I continue to carry on with these two jobs, I’ve been building up my blog (412 posts and counting), running my forum (which now has over 1,000 members), creating videos for my YouTube channel, providing personal support by email and through social media, writing my first book, and managing the many other tasks that come with my growing role in this field. (Oh yes, and savoring some time with my family, too!)

Please don’t misunderstand: I’m not complaining; I just want to be completely candid with you. In fact, I feel very blessed to have had this opportunity to connect with so many families in such a meaningful way. The past 7 years have been pretty hectic, it’s true, but this has also been a deeply gratifying period of my life, both professionally and personally, and I offer my heartfelt appreciation to each one of you for being a part of it.

At the same time, I now have to confess: trying to do this work at a full-time pace while also juggling two other jobs is hard to sustain for much longer. This means that 2019 is a turning point in terms of the revenue generated by my work to support bilingual and multilingual families—and this is why I’m giving Patreon a try. With your help, I’m hoping that this revenue can rise, enabling me to carry out my work in a more effective and sustainable way.

The simple fact is: if I have more funds, I can do more in this field because I won’t need to expend as much time and energy to earn that money elsewhere.

My larger hope is that I can eventually let go of my other jobs when I’m finally able to match my full-time efforts at this work with a full-time income. As a result, my efforts could help even more families on their bilingual or multilingual journey.

So if you choose to join me here at Patreon, and make a modest monthly contribution to support my work, this is what you can expect, with regard to how these funds will be used. Naturally, the greater the total amount I receive each month, from all supporters, the greater number of these aims I’ll be able to pursue and accomplish…

  • Sustain and grow all my free resources: Bilingual Monkeys, The Bilingual Zoo, and Bilingual Monkeys TV.

  • Cover the costs for my new book project, including travel expenses.

  • Hire a part-time assistant to help me with my free resources—in particular, the very active Bilingual Zoo forum—and this new book project.

  • Hire a web designer to help me renew the Bilingual Monkeys website, which now has an aging infrastructure and is badly in need of a complete technical overhaul.

  • Reduce the number of hours I work at my other jobs—and, eventually, let go of these jobs entirely—so I can focus more time and energy on my work to support bilingual and multilingual families.

All this sounds great, Adam, but I still have a few concerns.

I'm not very familiar with Patreon and I'm not sure I feel comfortable giving them my personal information.

I've felt the same way when considering a site that's new to me.

What I've learned about Patreon is that it uses the same internet security protocols as Amazon and has never experienced a security problem since the platform was established in 2013. It currently has over 100,000 creators and over 3 million patrons, who are making contributions that are projected to total more than half a billion (500 million) dollars in 2019. So it's a strong platform!

Patreon processes payments through industry standard third-party processors that include Stripe and PayPal. Credit card information is not stored on Patreon servers; it is encrypted at Stripe, one of the most secure and reputable processors available.

Patreon has a robust privacy policy where you'll also find links to the policies maintained by Stripe and PayPal.

In short, if you feel comfortable making payments through Amazon and other online services, you'll find that Patreon is of the same high standards when it comes to privacy and security.

If I become a patron, I'd have to make a contribution each month. And I may have to pay some tax on this amount, too.

Perhaps it would help to look at it this way: a pledge of $3 a month (and even with some additional tax) is roughly the cost of a cup of coffee. My hope, of course, is that the many resources I offer--along with the many benefits you'll gain at Patreon--can provide at least this much ongoing value to your family's language journey.

The truth is, it's hard to put a value on this goal because, in the end, success and joy at our bilingual or multilingual aim is a priceless thing, really. After all, what is it actually worth to maximize our success and joy at this aim over the course of our children's childhood years? Probably a lot more than a cup of coffee each month--or even many, many cups of coffee. (No matter how tasty your coffee is!)

Remember, too, that Patreon doesn't lock you into a long-term commitment of any kind. You're free to stop (or start) being a patron whenever you like, for whatever reason, if you decide that's best for you. Although Patreon is designed for monthly contributions, it's possible to give the equivalent of a "one-time" contribution by simply being a short-term patron for a few months.

Please know that, however long you choose to be part of this community, I'll be very grateful for all the support you're able to give!

What will happen after the new book is published and this project is complete? Will this Patreon community continue, or will it close?

Looking beyond the book project, if things go well at Patreon, I will likely do my best to maintain this community by renewing the goals and rewards and encouraging supporters to continue this journey with me toward another horizon. But for the next 18 months, my focus will be on fulfilling the goals and rewards that are currently described.

If you have any other questions or concerns about Patreon, or any other aspect of my Patreon community, feel free to email me.

Okay then! So how do I join you?

Patreon makes this part simple and secure. Just follow the steps below, though if you run into any difficulties, I'll be happy to help. Again, you can email me at the link above.

STEP 1
You can click the big "Become a patron" button above then select your desired reward tier from the next page. Or simply click on the button of your desired reward tier from the list of 7 tiers in the sidebar of this page.


Please note:
***If you prefer, it's also possible to make a "custom pledge" without receiving rewards. This can be done by clicking the "Become a patron" button, then clicking the "Make a custom pledge" button at the bottom of the next page.

STEP 2
After you've selected your tier, you'll be taken to the confirmation page for your payment information.


Please note:
***Your monthly pledge will automatically be charged on the 1st of every month, which means the first charge will occur on the 1st of the month following the month in which you joined. (For instance, if you joined on April 20th, your first monthly pledge would be charged on May 1st.) Also, 95% of the funds from your pledge will go toward supporting my work; 5% goes to Patreon as a service fee for its platform.
***You can edit or cancel your payment information at any time, and this includes switching tiers, if you like.
***As noted in my detailed descriptions of the tiers, there are some required lengths (like a minimum of 3 months as a patron) in order to receive certain rewards.

Thank you so much for your support! And once you've joined me here, you can begin to access my exclusive Patreon posts and follow my journey with Bilingual Earth!

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Tiers
Join me as a Friend!
$3 or more per month
  • Along with full and free access to all the resources I currently offer at Bilingual Monkeys, The Bilingual Zoo, and Bilingual Monkeys TV…
  • You will receive a special bonus PDF, the 2,305-word "19 Vital Reminders for Bilingual and Multilingual Success," a crystal-clear blueprint for success at the bilingual or multilingual aim.
  • You will have exclusive access to my special Patreon stream with regular posts and videos that will follow this book project from beginning to end, including a wide variety of important insights and practical tips shared by experienced parents in my interviews. For more details on the value of this Patreon stream to your bilingual or multilingual aim, see What is my new Patreon stream all about? (Access to my special Patreon stream is available as long as you remain an active Patreon supporter at any tier level.)
  • You will be recognized as a supporter of my new book project, your name printed in the book with this recognition. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months prior to the time the book is published.)
  • You will have my huge gratitude for your generous support. 
Join me as a Partner!
$7 or more per month
  • You will gain all of the above (full and free access to my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my special Patreon stream, and my huge gratitude), plus…
  • You will have the opportunity to read the book manuscript in the spring of 2020 and offer feedback for my final revisions, before the book is published. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months at this tier or a higher tier, prior to the time that the manuscript is ready for early readers.)
  • You will be recognized as an early reader and given special thanks for your valuable feedback, your name printed in the book with this recognition. (Those in this tier or higher tiers that choose not to read the book manuscript and provide feedback will be recognized as supporters instead.) 
Join me as a Peer!
$15 or more per month
  • You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my special Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, and my huge gratitude), plus…
  • You will have direct access to me, anytime, for personal coaching via my private messaging “hotline” at Patreon, to help empower your children's progress and maximize your success at your bilingual or multilingual aim. (This personal coaching is available to you as long as you remain an active Patreon supporter at this tier or a higher tier.) 
Join me as a Colleague!
$24 or more per month
  • You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my special Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, and my huge gratitude), plus…
  • You will receive a package with a signed copy of the Bilingual Earth paperback, after it’s released, direct from me in Hiroshima, Japan. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months at this tier, prior to the time that the book is released.) 
Join me as an Associate!
$38 or more per month only 5 left
  • You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my special Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, a signed copy of the paperback, and my huge gratitude), plus…
  • You will receive a package that includes not only the signed paperback, it will also contain some special souvenirs for your family from my travels during the project. (To receive this reward, you need to be an active Patreon supporter for at least 3 months at this tier or a higher tier, prior to the time that the book is released.) 
Join me as an Ally!
$66 or more per month only 3 left
  • You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my special Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, a signed copy of the paperback and souvenirs from my travels, and my huge gratitude), plus…
  • You will get 1 full hour of personal mentoring via video conferencing (like Skype), once every 3 months, in any of these areas:
    +raising bilingual or multilingual children
    +developing a successful blog or forum
    +writing and publishing books

    (Mentoring can begin after your first 3 monthly contributions are made, then continue every 3 months after that.) 
Join me as an Angel!
$149 or more per month only 2 left
  • You will gain all of the above (full and free access to all my online resources, the special bonus PDF, exclusive access to my special Patreon stream, the opportunity to read the book manuscript and offer feedback, recognition in the published book as a supporter or early reader, direct access to personal coaching, a signed copy of the paperback and souvenirs from my travels, and my huge gratitude), plus…
  • You will get 1 full hour of personal mentoring via video conferencing (like Skype), each and every month you remain a Patreon supporter at this tier, in any of these areas:
    +raising bilingual or multilingual children
    +developing a successful blog or forum
    +writing and publishing books
    (Mentoring can begin after your first monthly contribution is made.)