Multilingual Living’s Week in Review – Sept 12

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This is a review of the interesting articles, Tweets, 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!

Spanish Makes Me Sick!

Last week I couldn’t stop praising Mi Vida Loca, could I?  I told you how my whole family was addicted to it – we had fallen in love with it!  But as can happen with a love affair that moves too quickly and passionately, before I knew it, I was sick of it and sick of Spanish.

After doing 10 episodes over the course of 2 days, I could not stand it anymore.  As someone said on Twitter, I was having a language hangover! Yes!  Listen to the gory details in my video diary and let me know if you’ve ever had a language hangover.

As with any hangover, I ended up on the sofa all day with eyes glazed over.  I was physically tired and sick.  So, my language-learning friends, if any of you out there find yourself in the same language-learning-overload predicament as me, do what I did and give yourself a break – as in: shut off all language programs, close the books, set aside the podcasts and instead listen to Mozart or watch some completely mindless programs on TV.

What did I do to recover? I went to Deutsche Welle online and watched one program after another.  Ahhh.  Yes!  Even though German is my second language, it was pure pleasure to watch programs in a language that I can understand so much better than Spanish (and not something in my everyday language)!  It’s as silly as can be but die Telenovela für Deutschlerner,Jojo sucht das Glück,” was just what I needed to recover from my Mi Vida Loca hangover!

Do You Have One Hour a Day?

Did you know that language learning is similar to compound interest?  With financial investing, you have to wait until sometime in the future but with language learning you can enjoy the fruits of your labor right now which actually helps it grow!  Wow, talk about immediate gratification!

The article, Bilingual Children with One Hour of Language a Day, got many people motivated.  They were reminded of the fact that even one hour of language a day has benefits.  Over time it can even help our children become bilingual!  One Multilingual Living visitor, Chitty, is asking others if they would like to join her for a “One Hour a Day Challenge” to strengthen one of her languages!  Check out her post in the Multilingual Living Forum and consider joining her!  What do we have to lose?  Let’s give one another as much support as possible!

School Is Here

Here in the Pacific Northwest, grade schools are in session again.  As we are a homeschooling family, we don’t feel the same degree of transition as others do except for the fact that we (1) turn in our DOI (a form titled “Declaration of Intent to Homeschool”) with the superintendent of Seattle Schools and (2) our kids start a new year at the German Language School Seattle on Saturdays.

The Multilingual Living Facebook page was aflutter this week with fantastic discussions about schools and education for our multilingual children!  If you missed the discussions, visit the page and add if you are so inclined, add your own comments!

The first discussion was about when schools start around the world and how much of a break (if any) the kids have between sessions in the summer.  What fascinating answers!  Below are a few.  The rest you can find in the September 5th wall post on the Multilingual Living Facebook page:

  • Marcela wrote: “In Costa Rica school goes from mid February to the end of November.”
  • Nupur wrote: “Amazing, I am living in India and here the school start in April with summer break from mid May to June end and the session ends in March end.  Amazing how different places have different systems according to weather cycles.”
  • Yunisrina wrote: “In Aceh, school holiday is in June-July for a month, but the kids get another month off during the Ramadhan (fasting month for the Muslims).”
  • Kathryn wrote: “In France la rentrée was last Thursday after 2 months of holiday, and the first national strike is tomorrow :-)”

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