When we moved to the Spanish speaking side of the world a few months ago, we wanted to be all tech savvy. We whipped out our phones when someone said things we had no clue about (but desperately wanted to understand!) and asked them to speak into the google translate app. It. didn’t. work. Like. at. all. I think it’s w.r.t Spanish particularly. Since it is spoken in multiple countries, there are that many different accents, phrases, bad words & ways of saying things. I remember texting my son’s school bus driver enquiring about the bus schedule. I began the text with “Soy mama de M”… turns out instead of M’s mum, it meant I’m M’s breast. Thanks google. Thank you very much.
While we struggle with multiple languages (This should be easy for me - since this is the 7th language I’m learning!) (OK! I’ll stop showing off) and think, Gaaawd, why can’t the whole world just learn English- so everyone can speak with everyone! I came across this TED talk that gave a very plausible explanation of why we must actually preserve dying languages (It made no sense to me until I actually listened to the talk!).
Some people (children + adults) are natural polyglots, while some just aren’t! (It’s like Art or Math, some people can paint beautifully while others can barely draw a straight line). What decisions parents make now, will affect their children for years together. Growing up, my parents made English a priority since I went to an English school. Back then it made school easy and fast forward to now, I can effortlessly navigate countries speaking fluent English. If my parents had made our mother tongue a priority, It would’ve been difficult for me both back then & now! (btw, I do speak my mother tongue, it's just not as free flowing as English)
So what decisions are parents making around the world? How are children who are living far away from their homelands, coping with languages and overall schooling? Find out from the following four featured picks from last week:
by Annabelle Humanes
from The Piri-Piri Lexicon
by Tina Marie Ernspiker
from Los Gringos Locos
by Eolia Disler
from La Cité des vents
Teaching French: 5 Things that are Working
from Petit à Petit
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