February is well known for carnivals, so it seems pretty fitting that we’re hosting the monthly Blogging Carnival on Bilingualism started last year by Letizia from Bilingual for Fun.
We’ve grown to really love this idea mostly because we’ve connected with a lot of bloggers from all over the world trying to do the same thing we all are: raising bilingual/multilingual children!
This month we’re happy to welcome back the usual suspects, but we’d also like to introduce you to a few new bloggers. The following articles range from funny to educational, but more than anything, they prove we’re not alone. Enjoy!
1) Bilingual Pre-Teens — How to approach bilingualism once your children are about to become adolescents. An excellent topic which we don’t really cover much. Sent by Eve @ Blogging on Bilingualism.
2) Playgroup – 18 months on — A funny story about how children will use the “lack of fluency” in their second language to their advantage. Sent by Fiona @ Living in the Land of Chocolate.
3) How to Make Language Learning Come Alive — Fun ways to introduce language into everyday activities from the mouth of an expert: a mom and an educator. Sent by Maestra Jen @ Bilingual Fun.
4) Cri Cri the Little Singing Cricket — Music is not only a fun way to teach Spanish, but real important to reinforce the minority language. Sent by Silvia @ Mama Latina Tips.
5) 10 Ways to Develop a Relationship with Parents of Dual Language Students — language should not be a barrier for teaches to communicate with parents, an interesting look from the other side. Sent by Laura @ Bubu Books.
6) Bilingual Children’s Books: A Cheater’s Guide — A detailed look at how you can still read to your child in the minority language even without bilingual books. A thorough list of books is included. Sent by Lauren @ Hobo Mama.
7) Facially Off-Putting — What happens when you speak to your kids in a language other than the one you’ve been using to raise them. Sent by Sarah @ Home School/Home Educate in Italy.
8 ) Parallel Learning and Bilingual Literacy — A mother nurtures her son’s literacy in English by using his Italian schoolwork as reference point. Sent by Maria @ Fab Mums.
9) Two Siblings, Two Languages — An interesting look at a topic that has always interested me: what happens when you’re raising bilingual siblings. Sent by Sophie @ Hao Mama.
10) How Hard Can it Be? — An honest look at the difficulties of raising a bilingual child when everything’s working against you. Sent by Steffi @ Mummy Do That!
11) Learning to Espick Espanish – Funny, funny, funny story about the joys of bilingualism. Sent by Carrie @ Bilingual in the Boonies.
12) On Being a Non-Native Speaker – Another honest look at the difficulties of raising bilingual children but from the point of view of a mom using her second language. Sent by Sarah @ Bringing up Baby Bilingual.
13) Missing Out on Finesse – Is the speech development of children being raised bilingual affected when their parents don’t use their native tongue to talk to each other? Sent by Jan @ Babel Kid.
14) Prenatal Bilingualism – A look at a recent study which suggests that bilingual acquisition begins in the womb. Sent by Deanna @ Bilingual Readers.
How’s that for not being alone?
Thanks for joining us! If you’re interested in finding out more about this monthly Blogging Carnival on Bilingualism, you can go here. And don’t forget to check out next month’s carnival which will be hosted by Multi Tongue Kids.
Thank you for compiling these posts, and bravo to all of us for raising our kids with more than one language!
Guau! What awesome sites, with such diversity. I am so happy to be included.
I look forward to hanging out on these pages, y’ all.
.-= Carrie_in_TN´s last blog ..Abuelito of the Year =-.
I Love to read multilingual Blogs! Our family blog is in English and Spanish!
.-= Diego´s last blog ..Viaje a España / Trip to Spain =-.
I’m so happy I found these links. I’m raising my daughter in Croatia. I’m Mexican, Hubby Croatian, and we speak English. You guessed it. She is speaking all three languages. Welcome to Multilingualism…..
A Mexican mommy living in Europe
Thanks for all these great comments! We are definitely happy to be hosting the carnival this month since we got to discover some new ones and share some of our favorites!
Thanks so much for putting this together this month! I’m so excited to be reading all these articles. You’re so right that it makes a difference not to be alone in this.
.-= Lauren @ Hobo Mama´s last blog ..Bilingual carnival and last day for a giveaway! =-.
Thanks for compiling such a fabulous list of sites! I am honored to be included.
I have been doing some reading about your blog just learned that you Roxana live in Colorado. That picture is from the Garden of the Gods! small world I lived in Denver for 4 years prior to moving overseas. and you Ana Lilian, your family is multicultural just like ours. Nice to read about other Spanglishmums! LOL.
.-= Elisa´s last blog ..Will You Be My Friend? =-.
It is a small world, Elisa! When did you live in Denver? I just moved here 3 1/2 years ago from Miami. It was a big change, but I love it and both my children where born here, so it’ll always have a special place in my heart.
I’m so happy you found us, now we can follow each other! How is it raising a trilingual child in Croatia?
We lived there from July05 thru April 09. My daughter was born in Lone Tree April 08. I really liked living in Denver, especially seeing the Rockies.
Beli is speaking better Croatian than me!
Hubby and I sort of choose words that are easier for Beli to pick up, for commands etc..example she knows her clothes in english/spanish: shoes, pants, blusa.
her body parts all in Croatian.
Name of animals in Croatian/english:
To be honest we are mixing it all. but she is only 22 months old and I think we can only hope as she gets older she will be able to tell the difference.
and Yes, I will be following you!
.-= Elisa´s last blog ..Will You Be My Friend? =-.
Yea! So glad I found you, though Hao MaMa. I’m raising my two kids (3 and 1) bi-lingual (English and Cantonese). My husband is Chinese, I’m Caucasian…and we’re both fluent in both. It’s a struggle, definitely…but I’m so glad to find other bi-lingual mamas!
.-= Aunt LoLo´s last blog ..American Idol, Week 1: Boys =-.
Thank you for compiling this! What a fantastic idea! I’m here via Haomama blog and I have a “raising a kid bilingually” blog too ! (well actually three: English, French and Mandarin Chinese)… I am so looking forward to reading these other bilingual blogs!
Me encanta!!! Loved reading all the blogs! They’re an inspiration, I’m a 100% sure that teaching my children Spanish is the right thing to do!
Thanks for including me in your great list!! I will set up some time every day to visit every single one of them!!
.-= Silvia´s last blog ..Telenovelas =-.
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