Let the October Bilingual Blogging Carnival Festivities Begin!

by Corey · 20 comments

Photo Credit: Kate Williams

The Blogging Carnival on Bilingualism is in my neck of the woods this month and I am ready to party!  Don your best multicultural costume (which represents all of your cultures), pick out the most colorful mask (which speaks to all of your languages) and let the bilingual blogging carnival festivities begin!

I am so very honored to be a part of this group of fantastic bilingual bloggers.  As I read through each post in preparation for this carnival, I got teary-eyed and laughed out loud more times than I can count.  I called my German husband over again and again to read out passages to him from posts.

I saw myself and my family portrayed in the words and images of these wonderful writers and couldn’t help but say to myself: This is where I belong.  These are my people.  This is my tribe.  Multilingualism will forever be in our souls and there is nothing we can do about it.  We are united by this common bond.

Thus, without further ado, I would like to introduce 21 individuals of a fantastic global bilingual-blogging-tribe!  Drum roll please…

Let’s start with some quandaries.  We all have them.  Sometimes big ones, sometimes small ones.  If we didn’t, then we’d be drinking a martini next to the pool reflecting on our financial portfolio rather than deliberating on our children’s bilingualism.

  • Rea has a complex.  She is no linguist but she figures there must be some valid reason as to why her son has decided that the words “vulture” and “taxi” are essential vocabulary while “Mommy” hasn’t even made it on the list yet.  Find out what her son calls her instead of Mommy in her touching yet hilarious post Mysteries Of The Toddler Mind and The Otro Papi Complex.
  • Mamapoekie, on the other hand, is focusing less on vocabulary and more on which French accent her daughter will end up adopting: Ivorian? Camaroon? Congolese? She shares what is really the most important when it all comes down to it in her post titled Accents.
  • As she explains in Does Leyla Say Any Words?, Jenny has barely started her bilingual adventure with her 15 month old but the discouraging comments she gets from others aren’t helping her endeavor.  Add that to an older daughter who would rather learn German than speak Spanish and you have many quandaries and one big challenge!

Is it Enough?
Who doesn’t wonder if it is enough?  Is it enough language exposure?  Do we have enough quality materials?  Is it enough human interaction?  Will we ever stop wondering if we are doing enough for our bilingual children or does that just come with bilingual family territory?

  • Lulu wonders how she can possibly know if what she is doing is enough.  Will her son’s English suffer based on what she does or doesn’t do right now?  Her post,  Road to bilingualism…, is a wonderful encapsulation of what is on the minds of many of us and the comments that follow her post are as wonderfully insightful.
  • In her post Teaching Elliot Spanish — Making it Up as I Go Along, Lynn shares with us her realization that only speaking Spanish a quarter of the time is better than nothing!  Each time her son speaks a word in Spanish, she feels gratified knowing that the effort is so very worth it.
  • Lalou used to wonder how she was going to juggle both French and German at home with her sons.  How could she make sure that they had enough exposure to each language? In The story behind Laloulah, she shares her fantastic solution which even got her sons excited and motivated.
  • For a fantastic outline of just how one mom is going about increasing more German language exposure, read Cartside’s post 6 Step Plan to Boost the Minority Language!  Now that is what I call an organized approach!  It is sure to have a wonderful outcome.

Inter-language Influence
There are special things that happen when our children grow up with more than one language.  A particularly fascinating one is the way in which their dual (or multiple) languages influence one another.  Another is the way in which living with more than one language excites our children about languages in general.

  • When it comes to languages influencing one another, in her post Selective Hearing, Rebecca shares some of her daughter’s hilarious and fantastic language mixtures!  Forget code-switching!  This girl is engaging in inter-word-accent-mixing-and-matching at an expert level.
  • In her post Language Lessons from a Three Year OldJanis shares how her daughter is speechless when Daddy pronounces an Italian word oh-so incorrectly.  Ah, thank goodness we have our children around to correct our horrible pronunciation.  Who needs the language teacher anyway!
  • Jan shows us just how easy it is for multilingual children to use words from all of their languages with the ease of an expert in his post Interpreting is Easy for a BabelKid! Our children simply live their languages easily and comfortably, no need for excessive contemplation and concern!
  • Eve is learning Dutch from her son who picks it up for the first time from an alternate track on a DVD.  As she shares in her post Enthusiasm for Learning [insert any language here]!, children who know more than one language are drawn to languages. Seeing the proof of that makes raising bilingual children worth all the effort!
  • Could this explain why some children have an easier time learning a second language than others?  Roxana explores this issue in her post Can Everybody Learn a New Language? where she explains the role that personality, language status, and language families have to do with it as well.

When is the right time to start thinking about our children’s education?  What about opening our own bilingual daycare?  Wouldn’t that solve so many of our concerns?

  • Sandra’s son is only 18 months old yet this seems as good a time as any to start contemplating his education options.  Things are more complex when multiple languages are involved!  As she describes in her post “Schools” for Sprout – international or not?, finding a school with language support comes with a very expensive price tag.


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah @ Bringing up Baby Bilingual October 28, 2010 at 7:28 am

Thanks for pulling together all these posts, Corey! This is so exciting and inspirational.


2 Corey November 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm

So glad to be a part of this with you, Sarah! This was such a ton of fun – I can’t believe how many fantastic posts there were. I loved them all!


3 Lulu October 28, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Thank you for putting together the carnival this time Corey. I was honored to be a part of it.

I look forward to reading through the rest of the submissions.


4 Corey November 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I am so glad that you joined in the fun, Lulu! It was so great to be able to do this with you. I so enjoyed your post and all of the fantastic comments that came with it. What a great group of people we are a part of!


5 Gemma October 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm

These posts are just when I need. I’m teaching Spanish for Kids and your website is such a fantastic resource! Thanks!


6 Corey November 19, 2010 at 11:18 pm

So glad you enjoyed the post, Gemma! And thank you for your praise of of Multilingual Living – being part of this great community makes it all worth it!


7 fabmums October 29, 2010 at 1:31 am

It must have taken forever to put it together, well done it looks great. I have already started reading my way through it and will come back later with a cup of coffee to make sure I don’t miss any of these wonderful posts. Thanks for including me:)


8 Corey November 19, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Hah, yes, it did take a while but I enjoyed every minute of it! Definitely get a cup of coffee – it makes reading the post so much more enjoyable, don’t you think? So nice to be a part of this with you – thanks for the great post!!


9 Gen October 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Ha ha! Going through all these fabulous posts felt like «having coffee with the girls». Thanks to all, I really enjoyed it!


10 Corey November 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm

I so agree! It totally felt like that for me as well. I felt an amazing connection with this community of bloggers after doing this carnival. I had no idea I would feel that way, like I know everyone on a first-name basis now! 🙂


11 cartside October 31, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Wow, what a fabulous collection of posts! This must be the largest bilingual carnival so far, thanks for pulling it all together!


12 Corey November 19, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Isn’t it a great group of posts? I enjoyed every, single one of them! Thank you for making this all happen and still joining in the fun!


13 Lalou October 31, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Hi Corey,
Thanks for including me in your Blogging Carnival. I agree about the ‘tribe’ feeling you have. It is exciting to find a community of people who have the same interests as you. I also enjoyed your article on ‘Multilingual Envy’. It really does raise its head when you least expect it. Maybe it signifies that you are ready to go deeper with your language skills? I’m thinking of getting a tutor for myself. Imagine that: one hour with a teacher whose sole focus is YOU. Heavenly! Lalou


14 Corey November 19, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Yes, the more I am involved with Multilingual Living, the more it feels like I have found my “tribe.” What a fantastic feeling that is!

You are so right about the Multilingual Envy post. I definitely need to work on my German. I’m getting ready to start a new “challenge” at Multilingual Living to focus on just that. Maybe you will join in it? I love the tutor idea – just need to figure out WHEN I’d have the time! 🙂


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