Multilingual Living’s Week in Review – June 20

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This is a review of the interesting articles, Twitters, Facebook posts and more which took place this week in and around our Multilingual Living universe. Thank you everyone for sharing your tips with me! Keep them coming!

Happy (Multilingual) Father’s Day
In many countries around the world, June is the month to celebrate fathers.  Today is Father’s Day here in the USA.  In my home, you’re hearing, “Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Vatertag!” and “Happy Father’s Day!”  What are you saying?  Find out how to say it in 38 languages!

Contests and Giveaways
Most of us can probably agree that getting something for free is just fun, fun, fun!  Because of that, Multilingual Living is putting together some contests and giveaways.  Note that some of them will only be announced via our email list. Sign up for our email list today (see top left of this page) and keep an eye on your email inbox.

Home Languages
A generation’s identity can be altered when we stand in the way of children using their home language(s).  My hope is that positive changes will come from what we are learning in our generation.

  • The demise of the Breton language
    “For decades, French authorities have forbidden children to speak Breton in school, punishing and humiliating those who disobeyed. Very quickly speaking Breton became shameful. Few dared to speak Breton even at home and only local elders spoke it fluently.  Breton is the only language in history that has declined so dramatically in such a short period of time.” CLICK HERE to watch the video.
  • Stark lessons in mother tongue
    “…failure to provide schooling in the language that children are most familiar with – the one that they speak at home – is a root cause of education failure…” As Margareta suggests on our Facebook page: “If a marginalized group is ‘forced’ to be schooled in a language they do not have a positive attitude to, their education is most likely going to suffer, with lack of motivation, perhaps even some form of ‘rebellion’ against that language.”  Head over to the Facebook page and share your views.

How Does Being Multilingual Change Us?
The minute we make the choice to raise our children multilingually, we are also making the choice to change their lives in more ways than we can ever possibly know.  Here are two articles about the way languages can change us.

Stories of Interest in the News

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