November 9, 2012 by empraise
¡Hola! Welcome to the blog…we are weird…we know! Having grown up in monolingual (English speaking) families, we fell so in love with a language that we are attempting to teach it to our son from infancy. As non-native speakers. And to make matters more interesting, we each love different languages! My husband learned German as an adult while we were living in Africa and I have studied Spanish since middle school, falling in love with it even more in college when I lived and studied in Spain. We now live in South Korea surrounded by a plethora of languages including Russian, Korean, Portuguese and French.
So. Here we go. As much as I hate to label our precious Gift-From-God son an “experiment”, that’s kind of what he is. I speak Spanish to him when we are alone, my husband speaks German to him, and he hears us speak English to each other and family/friends. As much as monolingual parents probably doubt themselves and feel inadequate–I feel so inadequate! I sometimes question our decision, often question my abilities, but I am incredibly passionate about giving our smart, sweet, bundle of joy, the amazing gift of multi-lingualism. It is truly a gift. It opens doors. It breaks down walls. It creates relationships where there would have been none. It spans the globe. It is worth it!
- In light of our special situation, I am looking for help and resources from every direction. My husband relentlessly researches, reads, and scours the internet for good ideas. I am not great at that, but the small amount of research I have done has been very helpful, though there seems to be a shortage of information about bilingualism for non-native speakers. So I wanted to create this blog to:
- Serve as a community for non-native speakers raising bilingual kids. As source of inspiration, feedback, and help.
- A resource for native-speaking bilingual parents. A place to reach out and maybe assist some of the rest of us 🙂
- Share ideas for raising little bilinguals–practical activities, resources, websites, books, videos, etc.
- Improve my own Spanish (yes, I’m going to attempt to write some in Spanish!) and build relevant vocabulary
- Have a little fun with recipes and music too!
Even as I write this, my 14 month old has grabbed a glass vase off a forbidden shelf. So, alas, I will always be writing in a rush (during my limited time while he is napping, or while he is momentarily entertained). And I am committing to myself to use this outlet as a help and not a hindrance to my motherhood. Hopefully, it will be that for you too.