Multilingual Living Newsletter – October 9

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Multilingual Living
October 9, 2011
Dear Multilingual Living Friends,

We’re back! We returned from California a few weeks ago and then in one fell swoop our fall activities jumped into full swing.

While my husband started preparing for the new year of classes (he is a Physics instructor) the kids and I started getting our bilingual homeschooling plans in order. For the first time ever, we were going to use curricula in our homeschooling adventure! My kids were literally jumping up and down each day the packages arrived full of books and materials.

Within a week, however, everything had changed. Our overwhelming excitement about the new homeschooling year had been replaced with frustration, arguments, complaints and a good amount of tears. To say the least, things were not working well. I was berating the kids about not focusing enough. The kids were arguing with one another and whining to everything I said. That first Friday evening, after the kids were in bed, I tearfully told my husband that I was not cut out for this homeschooling gig anymore, let alone doing it bilingually. I was ready to throw in the towel.

Talking it through with my husband that night helped me realize just how trapped I was by a number of expectations that I had created in my mind. I had drawn up a completely unrealistic image of how things were supposed to go in our homeschooling this year being that we now had the magic of real, live curricula. Wasn’t curricula supposed to solve all of our problems? Wasn’t it the miracle cure to all of our struggles? By the end of the evening, my husband and I were laughing hysterically about the ridiculous things I had said to the kids that week in my desperation to make things go the way I wanted them to go.

Be it homeschooling or raising children bilingually, we each have images of what the experiences will be like. Most of the time reality fails to meet these carefully constructed images and thus, not surprising, disappointment follows. When this happens, don’t throw in the towel, even though you feel like it is the only option. Step back far enough to see things from a distance (you will know that you are far enough back when you can laugh about the whole thing), take a deep breath, and get your family together for a discussion. Talk honestly with one another. Talk from the heart. When it comes down to it, we have nothing to lose except everything that truly matters most.

As for Multilingual Living… We have had the privilege to post an amazing list of articles these past few weeks. Prof. Wang wrote an article just for us about helping children to read and write in more than one orthography. Melanie Taylor shares a list of famous bilingual writers (you just might be amazed with what you learn). Leslie Collins explains how learning Spanish can help us understand English! And don’t miss your chance to WIN Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family!

Plus, Multilingual Matters is taking entries for its Multilingualism in the Community Award! You just might be the 2012 winner of £2000! See below for more details.

Many Multilingual Wishes,

Corey Heller
Founder, Multilingual Living

Read & Write in More Than One Orthography!

Prof. Xiao-lei Wang shares an exclusive Multilingual Living post about how parents can help their children learn to read and write in more than one orthography! It is fantastic!

GIVEAWAY! Win this great book!

We are delighted to have the opportunity to give away Prof. Xiao-lei Wang’s book Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family. A big thank you to Multilingual Matters for making this possible! You will definitely want to enter this giveaway!

 Famous Bilingual Writers Around the World

The world abounds with bilinguals and multilinguals, even those that we may not realize are masters of more than one language! Check out this list of famous bilingual writers, past and present, that Melanie Taylor put together for us:

12 Common Myths and Misconceptions

For those of you who are new to the Multilingual Living email list, you won’t want to miss a fantastic infographic that we put together from bilingual expert Barbara Zurer Pearson:


Latest Forum Discussions…

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

Professor Grosjean Goes Viral!

Did you read Professor Grosjean’s post about translators and interpreters? If you didn’t, you should! The post literally went VIRAL! I’m not kidding!


Can Your Child Attend a Dual Language School?

Can a child with speech issues attend a school where classes are taught in more than one language? Won’t this make things more difficult for the child? Won’t it cause speech issues to get worse?


Find Out How Spanish Helps us Learn English

There are so many benefits to learning a language! One of the more interesting benefits is how it can help us learn our native language better. Who would have thought this! Read this great article by Leslie Collins:

What Is Wrong with My Children’s Accents?

Do family, friends and strangers make comments about your children’s accents? If you have ever been in this position, you will want to read this touching Ask Madalena post:


Is 12 Months Too Late to Learn Languages?

Have you been reading the articles that went around cyberspace recently suggesting that 12 months old just might be too late to learn an additional language? Talk about misconceptions! You will want to read my discussion of the latest research before you start to get worried about your child’s bilingualism!


Only a Few Spots Left…

Thank you for spreading the word about my seminar! It has been is filling up quickly!

There are still a few spots left so please let people know that they can join me this coming Saturday (October 15th) from 9:30-12:30 at Bellevue College for information, research, discussion and more all about childhood language development & raising bilingual children.

Enter to win: Multilingual Matters Award!

Do you remember last year when Multilingual Living won this prestigious award? Well, the time has come for the next winner to be chosen! Do not miss your chance to win £2000!

1000+ Pages of Research & Answers!

Want to read articles from the top experts in the field of bilingualism while supporting Multilingual Living? Then get your hands on the back issues of Multilingual Living Magazine! Answers are in these issues!

Here are just a few of the experts you will find in Multilingual Living Magazine: Colin Baker, François Grosjean, Jean-Marc Dewaele, Fred Genesee, Madalena Cruz-Ferreira, Jasone Cenoz, Aneta Pavlenko, Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert, Xiao-lei Wang, Barbara Zurer, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, and many, many more!

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