Multilingual Living Newsletter – August 10

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Multilingual Living
August 10, 2011
Dear Multilingual Living Friends,

We are back!!

I am so sorry about the absence of newsletter emails these last few weeks. I don’t have much of an excuse other than the fact that it is… SUMMER! This warmest of seasons has finally hit Seattle (it’s about time!) and we have been attempting to spend as much time as possible outside in the warm sun (without my laptop).

We were also busy with family visiting from Germany during much of July – what fun it was! My husband’s brother and 14-year-old niece came to visit for a few weeks so we were out and about as much as possible.

We went hiking in the Cascade mountains, drove around the city of Forks on the other side of the Olympic mountains (it’s the location of the Twilight books), shopping in far too many malls and outlet stores (14 year olds are very picky, aren’t they?) and speaking a lot of German. It was so very hard to say good-bye to my in-laws as they passed through security at the Sea-Tac airport and headed back to Europe.

A highlight of the visit was the arrival of three Living Puppets for my children (a gift from family in Germany). I now seem to have six children, rather than three, but it is all worth it since Little Hans, Little Mette and Little Emil only speak German and therefore my children are speaking up a storm in German. Yippee! You can see two of my children’s short Living Puppets videos here (in German, of course) filmed by my 8 year old son:

I am certain that there will be more videos to come in the near future now that my son knows where the video camera is.


As you probably also noticed, our website crashed a few weeks ago. We scrambled around for a few days until my brother and Oliver were able to get things back into place. Thank goodness that nothing was lost. Note to self: back up everything… all of the time… always!

The upside to the website crashing is that we finally took the leap of switching to our brand new layout, colors and header logo – all designed by the fantastic and fabulous Karen Wegehenkel. As you will see, part of the change was to make it easier to read (change of font and moving posts to the left) as well as a column on the very right for potential advertisers. Note that we have a sponsor this month: The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students. I hope you will check out this fantastic organization – they are wonderful!


I hope you have been keeping up with our posts about helping our children read and write in our language(s) these past few weeks. I had hoped to have had more articles on this topic posted by now but no worries, more posts are on their way. They are just a little delayed. This will give you time to check out what has been posted so far!

Thank you everyone for staying connected via the Facebook page and Twitter! It has been a blast keeping up with what you have been doing this summer (or winter, for those of you in the southern hemisphere). You really bring out the social in social media! Thank you so much for that!

Many Warm Summer Wishes from Seattle,

Corey Heller
Founder, Multilingual Living

Brand New Website

Please take a few moments to check out our brand new Multilingual Living website layout and let us know what you think!

What do you like the most? What would you like to be different? Anything missing? Anything you can’t stand? Tell us! Tell us!

Biliteracy, Please!

We have have posted quite a few articles about biliteracy in the past few weeks. Here are two of them, just in case they passed you by:

 Learning to Read and Write – Excerpts: 

Have you been keeping up on the chapter excerpts from Prof. Xiao-lei Wang’s book Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family? Here are some of the latest excerpts:

When Should We Begin Biliteracy?

Continuing with our series of posts about reading and writing in the multilingual family, Madalena answers a parent’s question:


Latest Forum Discussions…

Here are just a few of the latest discussions taking place on the Multilingual Living Forum:

Are DVDs Enough Language Exposure?

Should you do everything you can to get your child into a bilingual or international school? Or can you do it on your own at home with DVDs, a native-speaking babysitter and visits to a country where the language is spoken? Check out Madalena’s answer in the Ask Madalena post:


Raising Bilingual Children Seminar

The next seminar is coming! Join me on October 15th from 9:30-12:30 at Bellevue College for information, research, discussion and more all about raising bilingual children. Here is more information:

Why Do Multilinguals Lose Their Language?

Why is it that some emigrants lose their language while others don’t? Does it depend on the person? Or maybe the culture? What about the language(s) spoken? Find out what Prof. Nortier has to say about this in her post:

I love you, Playmobil!

When it comes to learning to read, need is the greatest motivating factor of all! Find out how Playmobil created a need and got my son reading in my post:


Help an International Student!

Looking for a way to help out an international student? Look no further than FIUTS (The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students). You won’t regret it!

The Multilingual Family Recipe?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get our hands on a recipe telling us exactly how to raise our children bilingually? Read the following guest post by Natalie DeFee Mendik and share your experiences:

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