Welcome to week twelve of Multilingual Living’s Language Challenge 101 – learning a language over the course of 101 days. If you missed our first few weeks, just click on the Language Challenge 101 button on the very left of this website page and you’ll find everything we have done so far.
This Week’s Video Diary
I had hoped to make this week’s video diary something different. When my bilingual homeschooling friend, Maria, called to invite us to join her and her kids at the Woodland Park Zoo today, I took my video camera along to document her and her children as they chatted away in Spanish.
However, as she and I had so much to catch up on (90% of which was about bilingualism and biculturalism) I totally forgot to pull out the camera. Dang! Maybe next time.
So instead of Maria and her kids, here is our week twelve video diary talking about what we did this week in our Language Challenge 101 adventure:
As you will see in the video diary, my laptop is back from the shop so I can catch up on things and respond to emails that I couldn’t access this past week. Thank you for your patience!
Leave My Bilingual Family Alone!
I got pretty discouraged this week. Not because we didn’t get in much Spanish language learning. I was ok with that. My husband is a Physics instructor at the community college and his classes started up again on Monday. And my two weeks of vacation ended on Sunday (I work 30 hours a week for a software company testing software in different languages) so my work week started again on Monday. It is always hard to get back into the swing of things after time off.
No, it wasn’t the busy work week that got me down. I can handle that.
What got me down was the wave of endless bilingual junk that I was inundated with this week. Or, should say, the bilingual junk that has been inundating us all more and more like an avalanche over the course of the past few years. Today I let it get under my skin. Big mistake!
What kind of bilingual junk am I talking about? This: Advertising targeting bilinguals, mainstream TV shows telling families they should make sure their babies learn a second language because it is proven to be good for them, sub-par bilingual products that are praised to high heaven because they happen to be bilingual, and on and on. That’s the junk I am talking about.
And I know I am not alone in feeling this way. I have had enough conversations and emails come my way to know that others are disappointed as well.
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