|Dear Multilingual Living Friends,
The cold is upon us here in Seattle. As the leaves change to yellow, orange, red and purple, we find ourselves slowing down and spending more time indoors. This is a magical time of year. It is my favorite. Having the excuse to spend time snuggled on the sofa with my family reading books out loud is nothing short of pure bliss as far as I’m concerned.
Speaking of Seattle, things have been busy here when it comes to multilingualism. I was invited to give a number of talks to parenting groups and international schools these past few months, as well as seminars at Bellevue College about raising bilingual children. I am delighted to see the interest in bilingualism and childhood language development growing – how wonderful! I do hope that parents won’t get side-tracked by all of the research on babies that has been coming out (see “Is 12 Months Too Late?”). Language learning never ends – honestly! Stay focused on what you are doing as it works best for you and your family and you won’t go wrong!
You will most certainly enjoy the new articles which appeared on Multilingual Living these past few weeks! I had quite a back-log of guest articles that I hadn’t posted due to being out of town and busy with family obligations. Thus, these past few weeks have consisted of one guest post after another – and how fantastic these post have been!
Whether you are interested in how learning Spanish helps us understand English, how to use the internet to learn a new language, or whether a dual language school is appropriate for children with speech issues, you will find it on the home page of Multilingual Living.
The two articles, Our Summer Language Experiment and The Economic Value of Languages?, will provoke your contemplative powers. Is it ok to remove everything from your home that is in a specific language? What about helping officials in your country understand the economic value of speaking your language at home? These two articles discuss these issues and more!
The Multilingual Living Forum has been on fire lately with questions, discussions, answers and more! Head over there to see the latest chats or to add your own questions, observations and feedback!
Most importantly, we are sad to announce that Madalena Cruz-Ferreira, our Ask Madalena expert, will be stepping down from her years of answering your questions at Multilingual Living. Please read our post, The End of a Multilingual Living Era and leave a comment with some final thoughts and thank-yous for Madalena. You will also find out how we are going to thank Madalena for everything that she has done for us and multilingualism around the world.
Many Multilingual Wishes,
Founder, Multilingual Living
P.S. October 31st is the last day to enter to win the Multilingualism in the Community Award at Multilingual Matters! Enter today to win!