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!
Great discussions on Facebook this week! I am continually delighted to hear that many of us still trust in our own gut instincts when it comes to raising our children multilingually.
A question went out to families asking whether their children were mixing languages and if they, as parents, (and others around them) were worried about this. It was wonderful to hear back from so many families! At least from those who commented, most are not worried (even though others around us might be) and many are actually savoring the process of their children’s (and their own) language mixing.
- Laurent’s comment was reassuring: “They certainly do and this is an integral part of the learning curve.”
- Elvira makes an honest observation: “I still do that, even in adulthood!”
- Melissa and Lilian’s comments brought big smiles to my face: “I love it when my kids mix languages. It makes me feel so lucky to lead an international life.” “Yes they do, but so do I. I just love it.”
Wow, I had no idea so many of you planned to raise your children multilingually so far ahead of time! What an organized bunch of families! Thank you so much for sharing your comments.
- Christiane’s comment (which was echoed by others) cracked me up: “Actually might have been a big part of the attraction for the hubby that he came with the promise of bilingual kids! LOL!” Talk about the benefits of bilingualism!
- Laura and Kimberly shared their experiences switching from one language plan to another: “Definitely before . . . although we went from 50/50 English/Spanish to 100% Spanish at home and English in outside world when my son was a year.” “Switched to all-Spanish-at home with son went to pre-school in English. It has worked wonderfully!”
It’s Forum Time
Oliver has had a Multilingual Living forum up and ready to go for a while but has been waiting for me to put the final touches on it before we launch it. I have been dragging my feet, in part, because I’m not sure what the main topics should be and I’m a little nervous that it will be interesting at first but will quickly turn into a graveyard where we’ll hear nothing but a gentle breeze blowing through the trees.
However, quite a few people have requested a forum and others have explained why they feel a forum would be an excellent addition to the website, Facebook and Twitter discussions already taking place. Thank you everyone for your input! You have done an excellent job of convincing me! Stay tuned for our new addition to Multilingual Living very soon. I hope it will be a place where every one of us can feel comfortable contributing, sharing, discussing and offering one another support, advice and camaraderie.
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