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!
It’s over. We are done. Sniff. Sniff. Excuse me while I throw myself on the floor and cry now.
Yes, you guessed it, we finished Mi Vida Loca this week and my whole family will miss it. If you haven’t checked out Mi Vida Loca after all of my weeks of praising it, do so this week. Just take a wee peek and let me know what you think!
But no worries, we all moved onto Destinos where don Fernando has a deep, dark, intense secret from his past. What can it be? Ahhh, the Spanish excitement never ends! Stay tuned as my family and I continue our Language Challenge 101 adventures!
If you haven’t checked out Madalena Cruz-Ferreira’s book Multilinguals Are…?, you really should! It is short yet packed with myth-busting information! I hope to do a review of her book sometime soon but in the meantime, here are two reviews of Multilinguals Are…? that I highly recommend (and if you want to purchase it, you will find it on the right side of this page in our Amazon box):
Babies and Bilingualism
While scanning through my personal Facebook page, I came across a link that Karen Nemeth had posted on her wall from Psychology Today. It was about how the brains of infants are hardwired for language, including bilingualism: “Hearing two languages regularly during pregnancy puts infants on the road to bilingualism by birth,” reports the Association for Psychological Science. But no worries if you didn’t start while your infant was in the womb! It is never too late to start with bilingualism.
Another interesting article from the same sources as above is about how growing up bilingual can make babies “flexible learners” to the degree that they apply efficient learning skills to glean more information out of the speech sounds they hear. While bilingual babies were able to learn that different, yet similar, words had different associations, the monolingual babies were not.
I have been having some interesting discussions with @tamadonguri on Twitter about the responses her baby has when she reads out loud a specific book to him. Fascinating! Read more about her Baby Book Experiments on her blog.
I Love Ted Talks!
Here is a fantastic Ted Talk that came my way this week: Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education. It is about how children are far more industrious, curious, passionate and fascinated than we take them for, especially those that we would imagine are the least capable of it! This includes giving a bunch of non-English speaking children in India a laptop with a scientific research paper on it… find out what they do with it! This is inspiring and should give you even more faith in your children’s ability to pick up your language!
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