Multilingual Living Newsletter – June 8

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Multilingual Living
Weekly Newsletter
June 8, 2011
Dear Multilingual Living Friends, 

What a wonderful week of praise for Multilingual Living!

We are delighted and honored to announce that Multilingual Matters awarded us the 2011 Multilingualism in the Community Award. We announced this before but it is now official! We are still a little breathless from the excitement! You can read more about this great honor in the post Multilingual Living Wins the ‘Multilingualism in the Community Award’ on the Multilingual Matters website.

This week we found out that Multilingual Living was a winner in the 2011 Language Lovers competition! We came in the top 25 of the 2011 Language Learning Blogs competition and in the top 100 overall for the 2011 Language Lovers competition. Wow! Thank you everyone for your votes! Your support made all the difference!

Being that I am not a very competitive person, the joy of these awards has less to do with winning and has everything to do with the simple joy that comes from being appreciated for a job done well. It is always a delight when someone highlights the value and benefit of something that we put our hearts and souls into.

These awards are also so very special because they are a recognition of what each multilingual family does on a daily basis. These awards are for and about you. They were won because even in the face of disappointment, discouragement and disillusion, you continued on your multilingual journey, each and every day. Whether you are traveling over the highest of mountains or across the widest of plains, your dedication to multilingualism is what has made Multilingual Living what it is today.

Ultimately, the true treasure from all of our efforts is the joy of connection with family, friends and colleagues around the world, both in person and virtually. To be able to connect with one another on such a personal level is priceless – it is worth more than any award in the world.

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

12 Common Myths & Misconceptions

Earlier this week we sent out the link to a fantastic downloadable infographic titled 12 Common Myths and Misconceptions about Bilingual Children. Although you may read these myths and think they are ridiculous, many still believe they are true.

Please print out this two-page infographic from Barbara Zurer Pearson’s book, Raising Bilingual Children, and share it with everyone you know, especially those who aren’t yet convinced about the joys of bilingualism! The more these myths are dispelled around the world, the better off we all will be!

Is Bilingualism EASY on the Brain?

An interesting research article came my way this week which discusses the role that the sound of words may play in bilingualism. The premise is that perhaps bilingualism is not as challenging for our brains as we think.

Head to our Week in Review post and read all about this as well as some comments from Multilingual Living Facebook friends. I am still not sure what to think. What are your thoughts about it?

The RIGHT Kind of Multilingual Parenting

Are there right and wrong ways to persevere in our multilingual parenting journey? YES! Find out what the differences are in The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter P. Find out how to stick with it joyfully!

Dual Language Love

You may know that dual language programs are wonderful, but what about a list of 5 Reasons to Love Dual Language Programs? In this week’s Review post, we share a great article with this title. Be careful, it just might get you very inspired!

Latest Forum Discussions…

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

FREE Talk in London!

If you live in or near London, you are one very lucky person! A group of bilingual experts are gathering on June 24th for a free presentation just for you! Head to our weekly review post to see a list of participants and to get more detailed information. I hope you can make it and will report back to me about how it went!

Multicultural Methods: Clothes Drying

We continue our Multicultural Methods series this week by asking all of you how you dry your clothes. Look through the photos of 5 different options and then add your own after Multicultural Methods: Drying Clothes Around the World.

For even more discussion, head to June 5th review post where we share what people on the Multilingual Living Facebook page had to say. Fascinating!

Final Weeks of Language REFRESH 101

This week in my Language REFRESH 101 video, I ask you a question about reading in our non-native languages. Let me know if you have the same troubles when reading in your second language.

In the Language REFRESH 101 post, I share what has been working best so far for strengthening my second language. What is your list? Let me know in the comments after the post – I’d love to know!

Subscribe to Our YouTube Channel!

Do you have a YouTube account? If so, head over to the Multilingual Living YouTube page and subscribe to our channel. You’ll know right away when we post a new video and it will give us the chance to get to know you!

Accent vs. Vocabulary & Grammar

So which is more important? Should we focus our efforts on perfecting our accent or building our vocabulary and grammar? What do you think?

Head over to the Multilingual Living Facebook page and see what everyone thinks. The discussion is in full swing right now (just scroll down the Facebook page until you find the question)! Make sure to click the LIKE button while there and then to add your own answer. It is one of the more fascinating discussions from this month!

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