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!
Lost in translation
- Thank you Maria in Seattle for sending us this link from the Wall Street Journal about “New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world.” Here are some highlights:
- Russian speakers, who have more words for light and dark blues, are better able to visually discriminate shades of blue.
- In one study, Spanish and Japanese speakers couldn’t remember the agents of accidental events as adeptly as English speakers could. Why? In Spanish and Japanese, the agent of causality is dropped: “The vase broke itself,” rather than “John broke the vase.”
Get on the road with your kids
- Yes, you should do road trips with your kids! Check out this article about 5 reasons to road trip with kids. It will get you inspired.
- Once you are inspired to get on the road, check out a website dedicated to traveling with children. You are sure to find something of interest!
- Have you written a blog post (or more) about traveling with your children? Send us the link and we’ll pass on the word!
- Planning on a trip to Africa? Whether you are or not, this list of 50+ Things to Do in 50 African Countries is fascinating and very inspiring!
In the News
- As baseball’s cultural landscape becomes more diverse, Indians baseball team Manager Manny Acta has a distinct advantage. Why? Because he is bilingual.
- Wondering if it is worth teaching your child sign languages in addition to spoken languages? Yes!
- Stephen Fry will be exploring language in an upcoming five-part documentary on BBC. Stay tuned!
- Researchers believe that they can diagnose autism through baby talk! The risk for multilingual families is that doctors and professionals may encourage families to only speak one language at home if their baby is diagnosed with autism. If this happens to you, make sure you are up-to-date on the latest research which proves that bilingualism and multilingualism do not cause language disorders!
Free issue of Multilingual Living Magazine
- Starting this week, if you sign up for our email list, you will receive a FREE issue of Multilingual Living Magazine! Yippee! Hope you enjoy it!
The number one reminder for this week: The most important element for us parents in raising our multilingual children is to keep ourselves inspired, motivated and excited about our languages and cultures! Our children look to us for linguistic and cultural guidance (even when it seems like they aren’t paying any attention at all). This is why Mutilingual Living is here: to inspire you!