Multilingual Living’s Week in Review: March 6

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This is a review of the articles, Tweets, Facebook posts and more which went out this week in and around our Multilingual Living universe. Thank you everyone for sharing your tips, tweets, emails and more with me! Were it not for you, this post wouldn’t even be here!

Math, Social Studies and Science in Other Languages
As a bilingual homeschooling family, I am always on the search for online academic resources that are available in other languages. Check out these math, social studies and science resources in more than one language from Larry Ferlazzo’s wonderful website: The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Math, Social Studies, & Science.

World Languages Disappearing
Did you know that we may lose 50-90% of our world’s languages by the end of the century? We have already lost 20% in the past 30 years. If you aren’t yet convinced of the benefits of language diversity, read Language Diversity Index Tracks Global Loss of Mother Tongues. It is an excellent National Geographic interview with three members of Terralingua. Don’t miss the fantastic graphics – as they say, a picture speaks a thousand words (or in this case, 7,000 languages)!

What Did You Have for Breakfast Today?
It is so fascinating to learn about what people eat for their meals, especially breakfast! Here is what a few of you shared on the Multilingual Living Facebook page today:

  • Sophie: “Toast with Marmite. Proper Uk marmite, not the imitations you get here in Nz :) sorry but that adaptation to my chosen home would be one step too far! Lol”
  • Kirstin: “We had fresh Broetchen (one side with Rapsflower Honey, one side with Eszet-Schnitten – Germans might know the thin chocolate slices). Oh, and a boiled egg (6.5 minutes) and orange juice. Yum! A typical Sunday morning German breakfast in California!”
  • Terran: “rusk topped with almond butter and sliced bananas and too much coffee”
  • Marcela: “Cheese empanadas”
  • Mary Kay: “Scrambled eggs, some yogurt and pappadam.”

Head over to the Multilingual Living Facebook page to read the whole list of delicious breakfast items! I’ve picked up a few new ideas already (I have absolutely no idea what some of the items are!!). While there, make sure to click on that little LIKE button to make our day!

Bilingual Education – Keep Your Home Language Alive!
As you have already read in this excellent article by Karen Nemeth, continuing to speak our home language is the best way to help our children succeed in school, even if the school language is different from our home language.

To learn even more about this issue, listen to Settling the Great Bilingual Education Debate, which is the the March Kaplan Radio program. And check out The benefits of bilingual education in the Vancouver Sun (thank you Garile for posting this on the Multilingual Living Facebook page!).

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