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¡Feliz viernes, amig@s!
Fridays on the blog are dedicated to interviews, or conversations really, with multilingual families from all over the globe.
And, if you can believe it, I’ve been at this blogging thing now for five and a half months (wow!). So, I thought I’d take a break from our regularly scheduled interviews to give some of my new readers a recap of the 16 wonderful multilingual families who have graciously shared their stories with us.
Sixteen families. That’s 16 stories, 16 adventures in multilingual parenting. Hoping you find helpful advice and lots of encouragement.
“How do you say water?” – A Korean expat grows up in Hong Kong. Meets Georgia-born and raised boy in China. Now, they’re married and raising their two young children in three languages.
“Somos the milk!” – A Spanish American Ukranian couple offers invaluable advice about raising teenagers in two languages and two cultures (and, has fun through it all!). Be sure to check out Ani’s blog, too, at Anicrafts.
“A Gift for the future” A Colombian/Spanish papá and Bulgarian/Spanish mamá talk about raising their two daughters in three languages in Madrid, Spain.
“It’s never too late” – This Spanish-American family of five is proof that you don’t have to start bilingual parenting from birth in order for your children to speak two languages.
“A Constant and Relentless Effort” – This Chinese mom living in Iowa, USA, reminds us that bilingual parenting is an every day effort, but so worth it in the end.
“What a joy it is” – Michele, from Intentional Mama, recounts the joy that her children’s language development in French brings. She has a unique perspective on bilingual parenting: she currently home schools her two oldest children in her second language, French.
“Educate yourself about bilingualism” – Jane encourages other families to be informed about bilingualism. Her story raises a thought-provoking question: would you ever change your family’s language policy, and if so, what would be the result?
Bilingual parenting “challenges the whole family to keep learning” – Did you know that both you and your partner can be monolinguals and still raise your children in two languages? This family shows you how!
“I want them to respect all cultures” – Say hello to fellow bilingual blogger Malu and her family. She and her husband are raising their two beautiful boys in Spanish and English. You can read about her adventures in bilingual parenting at her blog Bilingual Eyes Blog.
“The effort really pays off” – Cristina and her husband, both native Spaniards, are raising their son and daughter in their non-native language, English. Cristina also blogs about how to incorporate the Montessori method in your home. You can find her at Montessori en Casa (posts in both English and Spanish!).
“We’re all in this together” – Gladys, from The Mother Overload, helps us keep the big picture in mind and encourages us to find support in our community as we take bilingual parenting one day at a time.
“Multilingualism is always a good idea” – Annabelle, from The Piri Piri Lexicon,talks about her expat family’s life in Germany. Her two darling children are learning four languages and becoming quite the little world travelers.
“It’s part of my Latina heritage” – Keila and her husband are raising their two little ones in Milwaukee, WI, USA. She shares her dedication to Spanish as a way to preserve her Latina heritage. She blogs at Mommy in Milwaukee.
“If something isn’t working for your family, change it!” – Jen, from Sra. Casado Teaches Bilinguals, speaks openly about how she and her husband made the decision to change their family’s language policy from minority language at home to One Parent One Language.
“Multilingual parenting is about an emotional bond” – Anna reminds us that multilingual parenting isn’t just about learning multiple languages; it’s also about forming a deep emotional bond with your children, and a love for food! You can catch her blog on multicultural cooking here!
Would you like to share your family’s adventures in multilingual parenting on Españolita…¡sobre la marcha! Please contact me!