Multilingual Living’s Week in Review: Oct 10

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Jabberlingual Takes a Vacation

Regular contributor, Alice Lapuerta, will be taking a vacation from Multilingual Living.  Who knew that she had a life separate from us!

Being that she lives in Europe and we can’t impose the same strict American approach to vacation (= as little as possible), we are forced to allow her to have some time off. 🙂  We are so very delighted that she shares her insights, wisdom and wit with us and look forward to when she returns (as I’m sure you are as well).

In the meantime, read all of her articles, leave comments, and get ready for the next round of Jabberlingual!

Out and About in the World of Cyberspace

What the World Eats. I can never get enough of these photos from Hungry Planet!

A “hidden” language spoken by only about 1,000 people has been discovered in the remote northeast corner of India by researchers who at first thought they were documenting a dialect of the Aka culture, a tribal community that subsists on farming and hunting.

How quickly do we tune out a language when there are words we don’t understand?  “I asked my Year 5 students (11 year olds) what’s easy and what’s difficult in language learning.  There were some interesting responses…” Check out the responses!

Educators will enjoy this list of webinars for those who teach ESL as well as languages in general!

The language that lovers share is a ‘window’ into the state of their relationship: “Couples develop their own language of love that ebbs and flows depending on the state of their relationship, scientists believe.”  I wonder how this comes into play with multilinguals!  What if we both speak a non-native language with one another?  Does that change the relationship dynamic positively, negatively or not at all?

When is a language an “official” language? “Much of the impassioned debate around the proposed new law on the Welsh language centres on that complex question.”

In some free iTunes podcasts, teachers share information about how they incorporate music and movement in teaching children.  Parents can benefit from this fantastic information and advice to incorporate with our own children at home!  In particular, listen to “Surprise! Children Don’t Have to Sit Still to Learn” as well as “Breaking the Language Barrier Through Music.”

Urdu Resources

There is nothing I enjoy more than coming across multilingual families who use their own unique creativity to keep language alive in their homes!  Farah emailed me this week to ask for additional suggestions on how to keep Urdu engaging for her children, yet I was the one who was amazed!  Take a moment to check out Farah’s website and the Urdu materials she has created for her children.  Thank you Farah for being such an inspiration!

Do you have any tips, suggestions or information that you would like to share with us at Multilingual Living?  Join me on Twitter, get into the conversation on the Multilingual Living Facebook page, and send me an email whenever you’d like to connect.  I always enjoy connecting with other bilingual and multilingual families!

Corey Heller is the founder of Multilingual Living and the Editor-In-Chief/Publisher of Multilingual Living Magazine. Multilingual Living is the place where she shares her knowledge about raising multilingual and multicultural children. Corey, an American, and her German husband live in Seattle where they raise and homeschool their three children, ages 15, 14 and 12, in German and English.

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