Multilingual Living Giveaway – Bilingual: Life and Reality

by Corey · 108 comments

Multilingual Living is giving away 2, yes TWO copies of Prof. Grosjean’s fantastic book, Bilingual: Life and Reality! We would like to thank Harvard University Press for making this possible!

As avid readers of Multilingual Living, you are well aware of how much we value the work and support of Prof. Grosjean. Bilingual: Life and Reality is a testament to his extensive knowledge of multilingualism as well as his personal experiences of growing up as one.

To learn more about Bilingual: Life and Reality, check out the following reviews:

How to Enter the Giveaway…

To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is to leave a comment below as to why you would like to receive a copy of Bilingual: Life and Reality. Would it help you in raising your bilingual children? Maybe it would help you with your studies on bilingualism? Perhaps you are bilingual or multilingual yourself and would love to have your very own copy of this book? Or could it be that you’d just really like to have this book because the topic fascinates you?

Let us know! The more convincing detail you give, the better chance you have to win!

Winner #1: The first winner will be chosen based on the quality of their answer (convince us why you should receive this book!).

Winner #2: The second winner will be chosen at random using’s sequence generator (winner #1 will not be eligible). See below for additional ways to increase your chances of winning.

Sorry but if you won this book last time around, you are not eligible to enter this time.

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1 Melissa Ferrin April 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

I would like to win a copy of Bilingual: Life and Reality for personal and professional reasons. I am an English Spanish bilingual. My Husband is a Spanish English bilingual. He also speaks a little bit of Mixteco. His mother is was a Mixteco Spanish bilingual. We are raising three multilingual children. It’s too early to say yet what languages they will speak. I am also persuing graduate work in Bilingualism and would like to focus on community language loss with the Mixteco speaking community.
My second reason for wanting to win this book is I don’t currently have a credit card so ordering books from abroad has become complicated.

2 Rachael April 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

I am a late-comer to bilingualism. As a kid in a small Australian town, my primary experience of language was monolingual. To my shock, I was confronted with the urgent need to learn a second language pronto upon being thrust into an expat context. Being an English teacher, I started to realise the shallowness of my understanding of the complexities and difficulties of second language acquisition, and became frustrated at the poor teaching I faced in trying to become bilingual. I also have three children that needed to pick up the local language, and although I have done a lot of leg work in thinking through the issues to support our development as a bilingual family, the work of Professor Grosjean could crystalise and systematise my thinking.

3 Krzysztof Pawliszak April 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Since the very beginning of my degree in applied linguistics and linguistics course at the University I’ve approached the issue if bilingualism avidly. Unfortunately, there is no one who is as curious about bilingualism at my University as I am. I wrote my BA thesis on multilingualism almost entirely by myself (ie. without support of my tutor) yet my work is really appreciated by the staff at the university. I’ve decided to stick to the issue of bilingualism and write a proper MA thesis. The book by prof. Grosjean would be an extremely valuable source for my research. I’ve read some other books by the professor and they were may starting points, the cornerstone and “food for thought.” As a student I find it difficult to find such valuable books in Polish libraries (I wrote my BA in Spain), so such an asset in my small home library would be an invaluable.

4 Rebecca Lovell April 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I would really appreciate winning a copy of the book “Bilingual: Life and Reality” because I would give it to my mum – she urgently needs it! My mother thinks its a disgrace that her grandchildren sometimes forget themselves and babble away on the phone in German to her, when obviously they should be speaking the Queen´s English! She´s on the other side of the world, and doesn´t experience the 99% perfect switching between languages according to context and occasion, and is unwilling herself to learn a foreign language (bäh!) But maybe a little light reading on the subject might open the door to a multi-lingual world for one person…?!

5 siga April 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I would like to win the book for 2 reasons: 1) I have no linguistic education but 2) have to live multilingual life dealing with 5 languages daily… 🙂

6 Laura April 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Thanks fo the opportunity! I missed out last time!

7 Eliana Elias April 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I learned a second language (English) later in life. I am now very comfortable using English… but continue to speak my home language (Portuguese) as often as possible. My children (15 and 11) are bilingual, and I teach a number of classes/workshops regarding dual language learning. This book would be a welcome addition to my resources. Thank you.

8 Marta April 6, 2011 at 12:15 am

Hi! My name’s Marta and I follow your blog from Barcelona, Spain. I work as a professional translator, so, I work with languages on a daily basis. Bilingualism fascinates me. I am raising my child in Spanish, Catalan and a little bit of English. I’d really love to read Bilingual: Life and Reality because, sometimes, I have the feeling I need more theory to support my “experiment”, my trial and error method. Thank you! Marta

9 Marta April 6, 2011 at 12:17 am

I already liked you on the Multilingual Living Facebook Page (name: Marta García). Thank you!

10 Marta April 6, 2011 at 12:18 am

I was already on your email list. Thank you! Marta

11 Marta April 6, 2011 at 12:42 am

It’s me again! I’ve blogged about this giveaway with a link to this post. Here’s the link:

12 Elisa April 6, 2011 at 2:12 am

I would like a copy of this book because I think it would be a useful read for my husband and I, now that we are parents to a toddler whom we hope will be at least bilingual. My husband is English but has been making valiant efforts to learn Italian for the last ten years or so. I am bilingual Italian/English with near-native-level French, good German and Spanish, so am interested in reading the book to understand more about my own relationship with these languages.

13 Elisa April 6, 2011 at 2:12 am

PS I already like you on my Facebook page

14 Elisa April 6, 2011 at 2:13 am

PPS I already am on your mailing list, which is how I have learnt of this comp

15 Michelle April 6, 2011 at 4:47 am

I would like to win a copy because we are raising our daughter bilingually, and would really benefit from some guidance. I’m a native English speaker, but fluent in German. My husband is the opposite. He is good about only speaking to our daughter in German. I, however, mix it all up. Sometimes I speak to her in English, sometimes in German. She frequently hears me speak to my husband in English (I’m not being a good role model). Anyway, I need some additional reinforcement if this is going to succeed, which it needs to do since none of our parents or families (her grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) don’t speak the other languge, and we would like for her to have the choice as to which country she’ll go to univeristy in. Plus, I think being bilingual makes you a bit of an outcast amongst your schoolmates, so support with that would be good, too.
Thanks very much!!!

16 Michelle April 6, 2011 at 4:47 am

P.S. I already subscribe to your website thanks to a friend who forwarded me your post.

17 Vanessa April 6, 2011 at 5:16 am

I’d love to win because my daughter has three nationalities and I forget most of the time to speak to her in her second language, and I don’t speak the third..

18 Vanessa April 6, 2011 at 5:17 am

I’m on your email list.

19 Adriana Ross April 6, 2011 at 6:33 am

I would love to win this book for professional as well as personal reasons. Out of inspiration to raise my children bilingually, I teamed up with a like-minded mum and together we launched a small business teaching Spanish to preschool children in New Zealand. Over a period of two years we have learned so much by applying techniques from books, online resources and by following our intuition about language acquisition in the early years. Although our success has been on a small scale, we feel that we have a special formula that is unique and has potential for expansion. And Dr. Grosjean’s book would be a great resource for us as well as one we could recommend to our clients. As a bilingual parent with a monolingual partner living in a country where the minority language is not spoken at all, I am constantly challenged yet repeatedly inspired by resources such as Multilingual Living website. I can relate to Dr. Grosjean’s feelings about wanting to provide his children with the best possible support system for language and culture. I feel that this book would be a great resource for me as a mother to reinforce the things I am doing right as well provide me with insight to correct areas that need improvement and inspire me to try new things. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

20 Esther April 6, 2011 at 7:24 am

We are currently a bilingual family (Korean and English). Through much deliberation, we have decided to add a third language (Spanish). We were hesistant to follow this route because we had all the common misconception fears about learning another language, especially one we don’t know. We love to travel and absorb other cultures, but are limited due to the language barrier. We know the gift of learning another language will be precious to our children and one they could enjoy for the rest of their lives. Korean comes natural to us. We know learning the third language is going to present many hurdles for us, including the learning curve and resistance from our children in doing the “extra language,” which will make us, as parents, question ourselves again as to whether or not we are doing the right thing, and whether or not what we are doing is worth it. Prof. Grosjean’s book will be an excellent motivational and reaffirming tool in our journey through creating a multilingual family. The lessons he provides will also serve as excellent references to educate about the benefits and ability of others to acquire a new language as well. Thank you for this opportunity to win this book and for providing a platform full of excellent resources as we navigate ways to enrich our language learning experience.

21 SAM April 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

I would like to win a copy of the book to motivate and assist me in bringing up my girls bilingual. We are expecting our second early May, and our first will be two years old by then. I have really struggled with speaking my native language (Swedish) to her and she only knows a few words. I am of course bilingual myself, but everyone around me is not, so it is very difficult. I grew up with parents from different countries as well (Swedish and Danish) – and they were not good enough to speak both to me that I only understand one and don’t speak it. I would like for my girls to be fluent in reading, writing and speaking both Swedish and English.

22 SAM April 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

I am already on your email list and that’s how I found out about this giveaway.

23 SAM April 6, 2011 at 8:26 am
24 SAM April 6, 2011 at 8:26 am

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25 SAM April 6, 2011 at 8:27 am

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26 SAM April 6, 2011 at 8:41 am

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27 Monica Young April 6, 2011 at 9:10 am

I would like to win a copy because raising a bilingual child is a challenge and I want to make sure that I have all the right tools to overcome issues that present along this journey. The book can provide me with ideas on how to deal with the situations that come every day and that I have not been able to handle. Sometimes I wonder if I am doing things right and I just want an expert opinion to give me comfort that raising a bilingual child is the right thing to do, even if there is issues and little problems while doing it

28 Monica Young April 6, 2011 at 9:10 am

I am on your email list

29 Monica Young April 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

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30 Monica Young April 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

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31 Ruth April 6, 2011 at 10:22 am

Hm, I suppose I would like a copy of this book weil ich immer Denglisch rede. Then I might stop constructing sentences like: Can you please pass auf this auf for me? 😉

32 Ruth April 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

and I am on your email list too.

33 Yadira Santana-Dowling April 6, 2011 at 11:44 am


I am not only a dedicated follower of Multilingual Living but have recommended it to other bilingual moms that are working to raise their children bilingually as well. Aside from that, I am an advertising professional that works targeting the bilingual market in the US, this source would be invaluable and I can recommend to my agency and clients as well.



34 valerie April 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I would love to read Prof. Grosjean’s book!
Over the summer I became engrossed in the topic of bilingualism,
multilingualism, and how to raise your children multilingual.
I became familiar with his work and realize how amazing he is for a person who loves languages. I read some of his articles and it was utterly enjoyable. I would love to have this book as a reference in my home and part of my beginning library.
As for my own experience raising my children bilingually I am no where near where I hope to be, but have improved a lot since last year! I tend to go for it and then question myself, slow down, think about it for a while, and then get back into it again! Argh, I don’t know what my problem is!!!!! I have a hard time to commit, and am envious of those who have!

35 Daphne April 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I am bilingual, and struggling to teach my kids both languages as I am the only representative of the minority language. My husband only speaks English. And we just moved to a new location with little or no foreign community, no school in the minority language, etc. And trips home are becoming increasingly expensive. and difficult to manage. I’m glad to have this website to help.

36 Daphne April 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I’m already on your email list

37 vicky April 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

I have been bilingual since childhood (English/Cantonese) and, in the last few years, I have put some serious effort into learning two more (French/Mandarin) through immersion. Perhaps the most important thing I have learned in the process is about my relationship with my two first languages.

I’ve always tried to avoid speaking Cantonese (my mother tongue), because it made me feel incompetent. If I did it was with people my parents age and older, definitely not with my peers. It was always easier, more accurate and more “me” to say it in English. Today when I speak French, I feel more like myself than I do in Cantonese–even if my level of oral expression is about the same. It is simultaneously an accomplishment and also telling of a larger underlying problem.

I am interested in reading Bilingual: Life and Reality because I hope it will help reinforce some of the discoveries I have made myself. I hope it can help break down some of my own misconceptions about bilingualism to become a better communicator across all my languages.

38 vicky April 8, 2011 at 9:17 am

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39 vicky April 8, 2011 at 9:18 am

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40 vicky April 8, 2011 at 9:18 am

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41 vicky April 8, 2011 at 9:20 am

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43 Dominick April 8, 2011 at 10:14 am

I come from a family of a rich Italian heritage which unfortunately has lost the language. Italian was my grandfather’s first language and he didn’t learn English until he was five; he had to learn it going to school in Chicago. He was ridiculed by the other children early on for his poor language skills. When he grew up and started a family in the 1960’s, he refused to speak anything but English to my father and his 3 siblings, because he wanted to have an American family with American values. I loved my grandfather dearly, and he worked so hard to build our family and his restaurant business from nothing. Sadly he passed while I was younger, before I could really convince him to teach me his native language. A few years ago I took it upon myself to learn Italian with the intention of bringing the language back into the family. I soon became hooked and was obsessed with Italian simply for the pleasure of learning and using such a beautiful language. I made quite a few friends in Italy, forgot about my original “duty”, and quickly became fluent in Italian simply because of all of the fun I was having integrating it into my daily life and speaking with my new found friends. I even spent three weeks in Italy enjoying the culture and visiting the families of some of my friends.

Recently, my wife and I discovered that we are expecting a child. Suddenly the reality of my original “duty” has set in. Fairly soon I will have to learn not only how to raise a child, but raise it in a language that is not the main language of the culture, and one that my wife does not even speak. The world is different from what it was when my grandfather grew up. Now multilingualism is seen as a highly desired skill, almost required by now in the professional world. But how am I going to keep the child’s interest in learning a language that is not the main language of the culture that surrounds him/her? How will it handle speaking one language to me and another to my wife? What challenges will my child have to face in the world growing up with more than one active language? If this book can answer any of these questions and guide me in the right direction raising my child, then it is one that I will definitely want to read as soon as possible.

44 Dominick April 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

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47 Dominick April 8, 2011 at 10:18 am

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49 Linz7979 April 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I would like a copy of Bilingual: Life and Reality to learn more about bilingualism. I learned French as a foreign language in school (beginning at age 12), majored in French, married a French guy, and became a French teacher. My husband learned English in New Zealand and the US-sink or swim. We live in the US and use both French and English in our daily lives. When we have children, we plan to raise them bilingually. When I read articles like the recent NPR story on the bilingual brain, I never know whether bilingual means you have spoken both languages since birth or whether someone like me is considered bilingual. The excerpt I read from this book really got my attention and I would love to have a copy. Thanks for your informative and interesting website!

50 Linz7979 April 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

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52 Linz7979 April 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

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53 Linz7979 April 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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55 Bob April 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I took 2 years of high school Spanish as a college prerequisite. I did not come to appreciate bilingualism/multilingualism until after school. I work with many bilingual people in Information Technology. As the world get smaller, it will become even more important to know several languages for business and cultural exchange.

I want to create an environment for my teens to have the advantage of being bilingual.

56 Vicki April 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I would love a copy of the book as I think it would be great help in raising my little bilingual boy. He is almost 2 and I talk to him only Greek while his daddy talks to him in English and we live in USA. I try to do my best to incorporate my culture in our life in America but it’s not always easy. Thanks for the giveaway!

57 Jason April 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I started learning Spanish in kindergarten and fell in love with it. I gained fluency in high school and picked it up as a second major in undergrad. My wife and I are raising our 1 year old son to be bilingual (using OPOL). My hope is that Grosjean’s book can help me as I face the challenges that are sure to come while raising my child in a language that is not my first.

58 Anna F April 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I grew up as a bilingual in a bilingual (Hungarian–Russian) family in Hungary. I became a linguist specializing in bilingualism teaching at a university in Hungary. (My kids are also bilingual – in Hungarian and English – because their father is American.) Bilingualism is an essential part of my life and work. I have been teaching my undergrad Bilingualism class for years, using Grosjean’s 1982 book “Life with two languages”. I was thrilled when “Bilingual: Life and reality” came out — I bought a copy immediately. I think it’s very up-to-date, clear and readable – I am planning to adopt it for my class next fall.
I would give the free copy to the most deserving student in my class.

59 Elke Miot April 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

As someone who was raised in a bilingual family (German-English), studied bilingualism at college, and is raising two boys in French and English, I am passionate about the subject. I would love to have a copy of the book! Not only would it help me with my boys, but I could also help some of my friends and acquaintances who have questions about bilingualism. Since my firstborn goes to an International School, and I know many others who are are either raising bilingual or trilingual children, or are sending them to the school for the immersion program so that their children can be fluent in another language, I would have the opportunity to share Francois Grosjean’s wisdom with many others. After I read it, I plan to give it to the school’s resource library so that it is available for other parents, to help with any questions they might have.

60 Katie Cashatt April 11, 2011 at 11:05 pm

We are raising our two kids bilingually, Spanish/English. I knew very little about how to raise children bilingually until I stumbled upon Corey’s class at BCC – the information and resources my husband and I found there gave us confidence and inspiration to move forward with our plan. I would LOVE to have a copy of Grosjean’s book at home to further help us on our journey!

61 Malin S. April 12, 2011 at 1:53 am

What a great giveaway. After studying linguistics in school, it is fascinating to be able to raise a bilingual child. My daughter is now 5 and it is amazing to see her language develop. It is exciting to see how she slowly becomes aware of the world around her through the languages that she has been exposed too…and she now wants to visit France, as it is the language of her favorite character Barbapapa. She is starting to pick up additional langauges on her own; I couldn’t believe my ears today in the car home from school, when she made up a song partly in Spanish, a language I have not been teaching her….but it seems Dora has done a good job instead. I wish I had more reading material available as I sometimes feel quite clueless and am wondering if I should be doing a lot more, or less (am I pushing the issue of bilingualism too much? and what methods would work at different stages? I have lots of questions and nobody to ask). I would absolutely love to read this book !

62 Malin S. April 12, 2011 at 1:54 am

I subscribe to your newsletter. It’s great! Thank you.

63 Antonia April 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

I ‘like’ you on FB and have now subscribed to your newsletter.

I would like to win this book because I am fighting a losing battle with my multi-lingual partner who won’t, or ‘can’t’, speak his native language to our kids – they already speak and understand quite a bit so it wouldn’t be that ardous! Every bit of information and advice about the positive benefits of bilingualism adds gist to my mill!
Thank you!

64 Laurence Lollier April 20, 2011 at 5:16 am


We are a trilingual family (French mother and Russian father living in the us). Our goal is that our 2 year old daughter eventually speaks all three languages at the same level. I keep myself informed but I still have so many unanswered questions…
Can she be taught the Russian and the latin (for english and French) alphabet the same year? Can my husband and I keep speaking English to each other or will that facilitate the dominance of language in the house, so that our daughter will not want to speak French and Russian to us?


65 Kat April 21, 2011 at 1:51 am

I’m from Belgium and live in the UK with my British husband. We are raising our three boys bilingually (Dutch/English). So far so good. My greatest wish is for them to continue speaking Dutch even though English is taking up a bigger role now that they are starting/will start school. Would love a copy of the book to keep my knowledge up to date regarding bilingualism and to hear from other sources how they do it. I’m very grateful for your website as it is a fantastic source of information.

66 Anita Antal April 21, 2011 at 2:28 am

Hi Corey,

It was around a year back when I subscribed to your newsletters and started to read your articles. Obviously I did so because I had a personal reason like many other Multilingual Living readers.

I come from Hungary, my husband is from Kerala, India. We have lived in Hungary, India, Ireland and now are moving to the UK. For the sake of our marriage and our children we keep on collecting information, try to understand what is going on time to time and get ideas how to tackle with the challenges.

Your articles have given lots of insights on how to use different languages at home as we had many rounds of discussion about it in the beginning. My mother-tongue is Hungarian, my husband`s is Malayalam and English is our common family language.

Life is long, hopefully, and challenges are still ahead. Prof. Grosjean`s book and wise words would definitely prepare us for many of them.

Thanks, Anita

67 Anita Antal April 21, 2011 at 2:30 am

I have been forwarding your articles to mixed families, though I will share the Multilingual Living Facebook profile as well on my profile.

68 Laura April 21, 2011 at 4:03 am

Thank you so much for such great giveaways! I would love to receive this book as I am an avid reader of books about language and culture (my mom would say obsessed but I prefer the term “passionate”). In spite of the diverse area where I live there are not many supports for raising one’s child bilingual or multilingual so I appreciate any insights I can find! I grew up monolingual and became bilingual at age 19 so Prof. Grosjean’s discussion of growing up multilingual would help me understand my children and their different challenges as they grow up in a multilingual family.

69 Rea April 21, 2011 at 4:57 am

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70 Rea April 21, 2011 at 4:58 am

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71 Rea April 21, 2011 at 4:58 am

Yup, on the email list too. Gee, you can’t get rid of me.

72 Rea April 21, 2011 at 5:01 am

Why would I like this book? Why not! All the excepts have been really helpful and interesting. So far my best information about the subject is coming from my two-year old. I could use a professional opinion.

73 Virgilio Almeida April 21, 2011 at 9:14 am

I would really love to have this book since we have launched a new undergraduate course at the Federal University of Brasília, Brazil, on Foreign Languages Applied to Multilingualism and the Information Society, in which students acquire proficiency in three foreign languages, computing skills and multi-cultural competence. I believe the book could very well be adopted in one of our courses.

74 Jo-Anne April 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I’d love to win this book. I’m trying to raise my two- year-old son to be bilingual and the more support I have the stronger my resolve will be.

75 Emily April 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I would like to have this book because we have gotten off the right track in terms of raising our children as bilinguals (started out strong and have strayed from our goal lately). We could use some inspiration to help us recommit our family to this worthy endeavor!!

76 Elizabeth April 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm

With conflict seeming to grow worse across the world, cross-cultural communication is the only way for global peace. There is reason to believe that language barriers, more than religion, are leading to conflict in the Middle East. I believe that each time a bicultural couple marries, and has children that are raised with one foot in each culture, that these children are the future leaders and peacemakers that slowly, one at a time, will bring us closer and closer to world peace.

My husband is Honduran and I am from the US and we are raising our young children both biculturally and bilingually. I would be greatly appreciative of receiving this book to support me in my efforts, and in my efforts to share the benefits of bilingualism to my friends and acquaintances.

77 Amy April 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm

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78 Amy April 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I am on your e-mail list too. Am learning lots!

79 Amy April 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I would love to have a copy of this book to help us as we raise 3 trilingual children, trying to untangle where their multi-ethnic identity ends and where their own persona comes in. Also would love insight on how to raise multicultural children, as I am Chinese and my husband is Quebecois. Lastly, I teach parent & baby sign language classes, and want to encourage more multicultural families to use this tool in their multilingual households.

80 Angelina April 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I grew up in a home that valued culture and bilingual education. As a mother I too strive to raise my children with the same appreciation. As you embark on the journey of what really is right when it comes to raising children bilingual you come across many rocks; different opinions, always having to defend your position for Speaking spanish to your 2yr and 4yr old children, wondering if you are making the right decisions. This book would be a wonderful way to validate my mission in raising bilingual children as well as provide me with the challenges that still lie ahead.

81 Angelina April 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

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82 Alexandra April 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I grew up bilingual but struggle with raising my son bilingually. He does hear lots of Portuguese and Spanish, but mainly speaks English. In my work, I teach toddlers and use Spanish with those children who are bilingual in Spanish and English. I am curious about bilingualism in both aspects of my life.

83 Cordelia Rojas April 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

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86 Cordelia Rojas April 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I subscribe to your RSS feed 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

come to think of it, I am starting to feel like a stalker!

87 Cordelia Rojas April 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

As a stalker, I have shared a link to this post on my FB account 😉

88 Elena Rumiantseva April 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I would like to receive a copy of this book because I have two bilingual children and I am a linguist myself, so any language issues interest me greatly. Thank you so much!

89 Cordelia Rojas April 23, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I’ve tweeted though sadly I couldn’t get moourl to work but perhaps the undescribed link will arouse people’s curiosity!

90 Cordelia Rojas April 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Sadly I can’t blog about this giveaway as am running late and only saw this late in the day but I do plan on doing a general post about the book – obviously I’d love to do a review if I had a copy.. tee hee

91 Cordelia Rojas April 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm

There are so many reasons why I would like to receive this book but over the last 2 months this is the most salient:

Because I’ve been feeling like it is all too much and I should give up.

92 Debra April 23, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I am a teacher in a bilingual environment (AbuDhabi). This book would help me with my day to day life both as an educator and an ex-pat. I am also bilingual (English/French) and try to be polyglot (study Arabic and other languages) to better understand and remember the difficulties my students are experiencing as they try to learn English.

93 Debra April 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I am on your email mailing list.

94 Tanya April 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm

The reasons are numerous as to why I’d love to receive this book. From a young age, I’ve always had a fascination with other languages. Perhaps it is because my great grandparents emigrated to the US from Norway and my mother did not speak a word of English until she entered kindergarten. I now find it difficult to converse with my 91 year old grandmother in Norwegian but can talk easily in Spanish with my mother-in-law. I spoke only Spanish with my daughter until she was 4 years old. I feel like we can use all the information we can get to raise our 2 children to be bilingual. It requires effort.
Thanks for this wonderful opportunity and for your great website. It does a great job of connecting those of us that share the value of multilinguism.

95 Ruth April 23, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Thank you for offering such a great opportunity.
This book would just be the perfect companion to our family!
I am German living in Australia with my British husband and our two children (10 and 12). I work as a professional translator and I am raising my children bi-lingually. So if we had this book we would benefit socially and professionally.

96 Shelley Glapion April 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I already follow you on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway.

97 Shelley Glapion April 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Already follow on Facebook and also posted the giveaway on my wall.

98 Suzanne Mateus April 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I would like a copy of the book for several reasons. First, because one day I want to write a similar book based on my website (Interpretations of a Bilingual Life). I think I could offer a distinct perspective as well because I am a bilingual Mexican-American. Second (also influences how I write my book), because I am pursuing a doctorate in bilingual and bicultural education and think reading the book will benefit my program of study. Lastly, because I am trying to raise my daughter as a trilingual. I think hearing Dr. Grosjeans story will help. I guess I do have one more reason…summer is approaching. I’d like a book to kick off my summer.

99 Shelley Glapion April 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm

What an awesome addition to support my bilingual family library. My daughter is learning French which I plan to continue my studies as well. It started off as a neat idea or something nice to do. After the research learned from Multilingual Living as well as other sites/groups, I realized the necessity of being bilingual. I want my daughter to reap benefits of being bilingual.

100 katie April 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I am a social worker and I work with low-income families, most of whom are raising bilingual children–not necessarily because they chose to do so, but because English is not the parent’s first language and they use their first language at home, while the kids learn and use English at school. I see families struggling a lot between two languages and two cultures, and I would like to help families see bilingualism as a strength to benefit both their children and their family unit. I think this book might give me some tools to better understand raising children bilingually, and thus I could better support families in this process.

Personally, I am bilingual and I do intend to raise bilingual children–once I have them!

Thanks for your consideration.

101 Vivian Perez April 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Thanks for this opportunity. I would love to have this book first because I am bilingual and am raising my children bilingually and I always look for resources that reinforce and help me in the process of raising bilingual children. I also work with bilingual families through the school system as a bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist and I need data to support bilingualism in a multicultural society.

102 Mark April 24, 2011 at 1:50 am

Bilingualism is my field of work, and so this book would be a great resource for me in many ways! I live in Japan and my Japanese wife and I are also raising our kids bilingually. I work at a bilingual school in the area where I am helping 2nd-5th grade students from a variety of backgrounds become bilingual (in English and Japanese).

103 Marnie April 24, 2011 at 7:42 am

I am so excited for this opportunity. I am a huge proponent here in a very monolingual area of the United States. As a multingual parent raising my daughter to be multilingual, I am always seeking out any resources out there to help, especially those that are research based. I am also a teacher who works with families and I am always sharing the latest research with them (and my colleagues) so that they have the knowledge to feel confident in maintaining their native language while adding English or another language. It really is more than a full time job sharing what I know first hand to be true, the value of multilingualism, when the surrounding community is convinced that English only is the best. I feel so privileged to also be giving a workshop this Summer to parents who have adopted children from Latin America on raising your child bilingual even if you are not yet fluently bilingual yourself. It really is about making it a priority and seeking out daily opportunities! Bilingual: Life and Reality would be a fabulous resource utilize myself and recommend to all the families I work with. Thank you, muchas gracias, merci beaucoup, grazie!

104 Lotte April 24, 2011 at 10:52 am

I would love to have this book. Having grown up bilingual in an environment where almost everyone did (parents were expats) I did not realise that it could be anything but good. Now that I have my won kids in a growingly homogunous-glorifying country like Denmark, I have questioned my choice of speaking english with my children, and even went so far as to not do so in public. My wife reminded me of what a gift it is to have 2 languages from birth and I have therefore forced myself to continue and just recently had the joy of my daughter speaking her first English sentane (“I scratched my toungue”). I would be able to use this book to give myself strength to deal with the odd looks and silly comments and support others to speak 2 or more languages with their children, despite the political environment. Thank you, Tak

105 Czeslaw Liebert April 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Am not going to be original here saying that I bring up my children bilingually (non-native OPOL, English as a second language). I recently started studing English Language and Literature at the local uni and am reading lots of books in that lang. Having an opportunity to read another one would be great – even more as it is on the subject of bilingualism.

106 Czeslaw Liebert April 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I have joined the mailing list ages ago…

107 Czeslaw Liebert April 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I have subscribed to your RSS feed ages ago…

108 Czeslaw Liebert April 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I have LIKED your profile on facebook ages ago…

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