Multilingual Living’s Week in Review: November 28th

by Corey · 1 comment

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!
My family and I have been celebrating Thanksgiving this week.  Turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing… yum!  My family and I hope that everyone around the world had a peaceful, safe, joyful week.

One of the things I am very thankful for this year is each one of you.  Being part of this Multilingual Living community has brought me more delight, comfort and camaraderie than I can even describe.  Thank you, each of you, for being a part of this wonderful group of multilinguals!

The Giveaway Has Closed
Thank you everyone for your entries to the giveaway for two copies of Bilingual: Life and Reality!  The comments you left were amazing and so full of insight.  It is going to be very, very tough to choose just one entry for the first copy of the book.  We will announce winners sometime next month.

International Children’s Library
If you don’t know about the International Children’s Library, then here is your opportunity to be amazed and delighted!  If you aren’t sure where to start, then do a search based on the target country.

I searched for books in European languages and was so excited to see what came up.  The most interesting were books from the past – a few from the 1800’s in German were fascinating to me!  Try it out and let me know what you think (and what you find)!

Celebrating While Abroad
The comments on the Multilingual Living Facebook page this week reminded me yet again about the role of location when it comes to celebrating our traditions.  What is Thanksgiving outside of the United States or Canada?  If I were living in Europe, would I make the extra effort to celebrate the day?  And what about the other side of things: how do those who come from outside North America respond to the holiday?  Do they incorporate the celebration into their lives?

Below are some comments from the November 23rd question on the Multilingual Living Facebook page about whether or not families were celebrating Thanksgiving:

  • Natasha: “Interesting – I just realized that we celebrated Thanksgiving only when we lived in the States! Not anymore… (we aren’t Americans). When/if we go back, I’m sure we’ll participate in the celebration(s) again! No turkey for us though 🙂 Tofurkey, maybe.”
  • Colleen: “Living in Italy,when I wake up Thursday morning I know it won’t FEEL very Thanksgiving-y, with the kids at school and having to go to work, but this morning I did find a can of cranberry relish that I had bought in the States this past summer, and I’m going to make a pumpkin pie tomorrow:-) and I promised my daughter we’d make pilgrim hats, so I guess it won’t be TOO sad”
  • Christiane: “No Thanksgiving dinner here in our 2nd year in Europe – but a festive dinner nonetheless since we will be in Iceland on vacation (and to appease my American husband)”
  • Fatma: “We will be celebrating on Saturday. Thursday and Friday are still workdays in Europe. We are celebrating with a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner at our place with Dutch friends who also lived in Seattle before. A few hours of nostalgy going back to Seattle days will be nice. It is funny that none of the adults are Americans but four of the six children are…”


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