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20 reasons why I am thankful for my bilingual life and family

20 reasons why I am thankful for my bilingual life and family

When you have always been bilingual, like I have, you quite often take it for granted and forget how important an aspect it is in your life. So today I want to shout from the rooftops (or tweet from the top of a tree) the first 20 reasons for being thankful for all the languages […]

Things we take for granted

Things we take for granted

While picking some juicy blackberries in the back garden for my breakfast cereal, I noticed how well the pears are coming on this year and will soon also be ready for my morning muesli. Except for cutting the brambles back once in a while, it hasn’t required much effort from me to get these delicacies. […]

Life as a Bilingual - Blog by Professor François Grosjean

Life as a Bilingual – Blog by Professor François Grosjean

Today I would like to draw your attention to an interesting blog by Professor François Grosjean: Life as a Bilingual. I have thoroughly enjoyed his insightful comments on what it means to be bilingual, what advantages you gain and what challenges you can expect along wit many more interesting topics. Professor Grosjean has a great […]

Interview with my daughter

Interview with my daughter

We’re enjoying a relaxing holiday in Finland at the moment and I took the chance to speak to my younger daughter Daniela about her languages. Which languages do you know? – I know English, Swedish, Punjabi, German and a bit of Finnish. How did you learn all your languages? – I have always spoken Swedish […]

“I wish my Mum had taught me her language”

“I wish my Mum had taught me her language”

I don’t know how many times I have heard comments along those lines – someone regretting that one of their parents didn’t pass on their language. I have never heard the opposite though, anyone regretting that they learnt a language when they were small. This speaks volumes about how important knowing your family’s languages is […]

Knowing your family’s languages gives you confidence

Knowing your family’s languages gives you confidence

I believe that knowing where you come from is extremely important for your confidence and self-esteem. For someone growing up in a multilingual family being able to speak the family’s languages makes it easier to understand your background and becoming familiar with your cultural heritage. The self-esteem that comes with being aware of your background […]

How languages help you in your career – examples from my life

How languages help you in your career – examples from my life

Being able to speak more than one language is definitely beneficial to your career, I know this from my own experience. Sometimes this manifests itself in ways that you could not have imagined. Finding a job in today’s competitive world is a challenge and will certainly be even more so in the future. Any advantage […]

Today's offer: two for free and a third for a lot less effort!

Today’s offer: two for free and a third for a lot less effort!

By now you have probably noticed that I am rather passionate about families passing on their languages to their children. It’s a chance of a life time, far too valuable to miss. So it upsets me greatly when parents say that they don’t speak their language to their children as they don’t think their specific […]

The amazing abilities of babies learning languages

Today I want to share with you a talk by Patricia Kuhl, Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. It is a fascinating insight into how small babies pick up distinct features of a language. The talk only lasts about ten minutes so won’t take up much of your precious time. […]