Multilingual Living Newsletter – June 23

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Multilingual Living
Weekly Newsletter
June 23, 2011
Dear Multilingual Living Friends, 

I hope that all of you who celebrated Father’s Day last Sunday had a wonderful day! When it comes to raising multilingual children, fathers play such an important role. Whether it be the influence of a father’s language and culture or the value of a male role model, it is impossible to even begin to count the joys and benefits that fathers bring to our unique families. Father’s Day is always a great excuse for my children to dedicate a whole day to their Papa.

This week we are overjoyed to announce the start of a brand new series of posts all about a topic that is on the minds of many multilingual families: how to teach our children to read and write in more than one language! Not only will we be sharing our own posts about how to go about this exciting adventure, it is also with great pleasure and honor that Multilingual Living will be posting excerpts from a wonderful book all about this topic: Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family, by Prof. Xiao-lei Wang.

Teaching our children to read and write in our language(s) is often not as straightforward as we’d like it to be. There are a number of elements that need to come together for it to work well and as with encouraging our children to speak our language(s), we always run the risk of pushing too hard or moving too quickly. We don’t want to make our children dislike the experience of reading. Hopefully our posts on bi/multiliteracy over the next few weeks will help you find ways to use the tools of literacy in a balanced and motivating way.

Finally, on a totally separate note, if you are on Facebook, please take a moment out of your day to share what the weather is like where you live – but make sure to tell us in your language! The comments so far are fabulously, fascinatingly fantastic!

Many Warm Wishes from Seattle,
Corey Heller
Founder, Multilingual Living

A Beautiful “Voice” of Bilingualism

People around the world have been telling me about their wonderful experiences at the 8th International Symposium on Bilingualism. Wish I could have been there with you! One of the highlights that I hope you do not miss is a “voice” of the conference. Listen to what we are talking about in our post all about this!

Happy (Multilingual) Father’s Day!

Don’t miss our Father’s Day tribute for all of you fathers out there who make all the difference in the lives of your multilingual families! We love you more than words in any of our languages can tell!

Borrowing Words Without Knowing It?

We continue the fantastic series of posts about code-switching by Prof. Jacomine Nortier with the post Loan Words and Borrowing: A Kind of Code-Switching? Find out more about how and why we borrow words from other languages and cultures. I’ll bet that you can identify many things in the post that relate to you!

Winners of Two Giveaways!

Thank you everyone for entering our giveaways for the book Bilingual: Life and Reality and the $40 gift certificate for We had a wonderful time with these giveaways!

Congratulations to the winners:
1) Shelly and Adriana, winners of Bilingual: Life and Reality.
2) Rea, winner of the $40 gift certificate from

Latest Forum Discussions…

Here are some of the latest discussions taking place on the Multilingual Living Forum:

Teach Your Bilingual Child to Read & Write

Whether your child can already read and write or is just learning, our series of posts on how to teach your bilingual child to read and write in more than one language will inspire and motivate. Our first post, Biliteracy: Teach Your Bilingual Child to Read and Write in Your Language, will prepare you for the rest of the articles on this exciting topic!

Excerpts from a Book on Biliteracy

Don’t miss the introductory chapter of Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family. If you want to prepare to help your child read and write in your language, then get started with this chapter excerpt. I am excited to say that there are many more excerpts from this book to come!

Too Young to Learn to Read?

Is there an ideal age to start teaching a child to read in our home language(s)? In the post Teaching Very Young Multilingual Children How to Read and Write in Their Languages? Madalena helps one parent understand the process that a child goes through to learn to read and why starting too young isn’t the best idea.

Support Child’s Biliteracy at Home

How can we help our children read in our language(s) while at the same time supporting reading in the school language? Madalena answers this question in the post Can I Support My Bilingual Child’s Reading in Both Languages?

How Can Parents Help Kids Read & Write?

Madalena answers a parent about how best to help a child to read and write in more than one language. Read the question and her answer in the post How Do Parents Help Bilingual Children Learn to Read and Write in Both Languages?

There’s Even More Here…

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