Multilingual Living’s Week in Review: November 14th

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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!

Let the Giveaways Begin!

As many of you know, I have been very hesitant about doing giveaways on Multilingual Living.  I have seen many an excellent website turn into nothing more than a giveaway center, which I find unfortunate.  I sincerely hope to avoid that for this website.

That having been said, I firmly believe we are on the right track with our first giveaway!  It is for the fantastic book by Prof. François Grosjean, Bilingual: Life and Reality.  Thanks to the generosity of Prof. Grosjean and Harvard University Press, Multilingual Living is giving away two copies of this a great book (click here to learn more about the giveaway and to enter!).  Enjoy this fun giveaway which I hope will also help get the word out about this fantastic book!

Difference or Disorder?

I was delighted to read the article, Difference or Disorder? this week!  As you have read via Madalena’s series of posts titled Multilingualism & Disorders, there is currently very little (if any) training for Speech-language therapists on how to identify specific disorders specifically in bilingual and multilingual children.  How can they know if there is a real speech disorder if testing is only done in one language?

The article Difference or Disorder? discusses how researchers are developing a tool to identify bilingual children with true language disorders!  As expected, the tools are geared toward Spanish-English speaking children but one would hope that the same principles can and will be applied and adapted to other languages down the road.

Did You Marry a Foreigner?

What a fun week, at least when it comes to discussing multilingual-multicultural love and marriage!  Great comments were shared on both the Multilingual Living Facebook page (Nov. 10th wall post) as well as the comments section of the post 10 Reasons Why You Should Marry a Foreigner (Like I Did). Here are some bits of what was shared:

From the Facebook page:

  • Melissa shared: “Two weddings, baby! Can’t say that I recommend having them one week apart, but you have to admit that after it was all over we were VERY DEFINITELY MARRIED.”
  • Ana shared: “And what about dual citizenship? Imagine when the kids grow up and they can study/work here or wherever they please in Europe!”
  • Olga shared: “Another good reason: whenever you don’t agree about something you can blame it on cultural differences. In other words, no one is to blame!”
  • Alice shared: “Two weddings only?? We had three!!”

Comments after the website post:

  • Daina wrote: “The interesting thing for me is this: my non-Latvian husband has taught me that I’m Latvian in ways I didn’t even realize.”
  • Shannon wrote: “I didn’t marry a man from another country, but I did marry one whose family is intractably Republican. Does that count?”
  • AuntLoLo wrote: “7) I admit, sometimes his mistakes make me laugh. (Today, he said his teeth had “plague.” He meant plaque.)”

When on the Multilingual Living Facebook page, make sure to click the LIKE button if you enjoy what you see going on there!  It’s such an enjoyable place to be!


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