Category: Language

Learning a new language the expat mum way

If you’re an expat mum, even if you’ll only be abroad for a couple of years (which then turn into 20), you’ll be faced with the challenge of learning your new community language. You could play it easy and only mingle with people who speak your mother tongue because ‘you’ll be going back home soon’. Just bear in mind that you may very well not be going back home as soon as you thought and Read More …

7 reasons to be proud of raising your kids multilingual

Bringing up a multilingual child (or children) is hard work. It requires a plan, discipline and patience (a lot of it). To spice things up, there are some potential disadvantages to multilingualism. They may speak a bit later (my first did, my second is ahead of her age, so I doubt it’s the multilingualism), they may mix the languages (yes! Especially if they’re similar as in our case) and if you are striving for full Read More …

Multilingual children: the best thing you can do for yours, before you even have them

The increasingly frequent phenomenon of the multilingual child How do multilingual children come to be? There seem to be two main possibilities: either they’re born in a country with more than one official language, or they’re exposed to more than language through -most probably- their parents, whose mother tongue is not the language of the country where their children are growing up. But, why are there increasing numbers of multilingual children? Easy! Increasing numbers of Read More …