A couple of weeks, the very lovely Olena from Bilingual Kids Rock was online at 6am while her family still slept to interview me.
You can hear the podcast of that interview where we discuss:
6 Mar 2014
21 Feb 2014
As my second pregnancy enters its lasts stages, I thought I'd reflect on the similarities and differences of being pregnant in two different European countries. You would think that two European superpowers such as the UK and Germany would have similar practices in terms of how they approach women's pregnancy. Well, think again!
17 Feb 2014
As part of a very fun little vlogging (video blogging) experiment with some fellow MKB bloggers, I made this little video answering a question I was asked about travelling with kids.
7 Feb 2014
LJ turned 4 a couple of weeks ago and we organised her and our first children birthday party for the occasion. It was our first German birthday party too. Having been invited to only two so far, we were not quite sure about how it works here. So we enlisted a few friends' help and hope we did her proud. 11 4-year-olds came and left happy and excited, so we must have been doing it right.
4 Feb 2014
In our monthly instalment of Multilingualism in my family, we meet Ivana and her lovely family raising a daughter in Germany. I have known Ivana personally for a few months now and I admire her determination with passing on so many languages (Slovenian, Croatian, Italian, German and English) to her daughter. Make your own opinion by reading her story.
|Slovenian/Croatian road sign via John C Bullas BSc MSc PhD...|
31 Jan 2014
This Sunday (2nd February) is "la chandeleur" in France. La chandeleur is a Christian religious festival celebrated every year on that day (40 days after Christmas). The word comes from the Latin festa candelarum (the day/celebration of the candles). As I am not one to educate you on religion, you can read more about what the date means in the Christian calendar here.
28 Jan 2014
|via Rodrigo Oliveira Grossini on Flickr|
My aunt's sister recently passed away. While I only saw her twice in my life, I could tell she was a wonderful person. She worked with deprived kids in Brazil and lived her life to the full right until the end.
23 Jan 2014
After my post earlier this week about what makes my home multicultural, I received quite a few photos from readers sharing a little corner of their home. Thank you!
I thought I would share these with you. I love the stories behind those little pieces of different cultures.
19 Jan 2014
10 Jan 2014
I may not have much experience in playground in a lot of other countries but there are some things that strike me about German parents and mums in particular and the way they supervise their kids and play with them (or not) at the playground.
7 Jan 2014
In our monthly instalment of Multilingualism in my family, we meet Sandra and her lovely family. She is a Portuguese speaker and is raising two boys trilingually with French and English. Sandra answered the questions as she was preparing for a big international move which meant her language situation was about to change. I hope to revisit her in a few months to see how her family has adapted linguistically.
|Bilingual sign in Belgium via Flickr|
4 Jan 2014
France, like many other countries, has a special cake to celebrate 3 Kings Day or Epiphany as it is more commonly called in France. This cake is eaten only about a week before to a week after the actual day (6th January). Bakeries usually sell it only during that time. But it is too good not to make it any other time!
31 Dec 2013
Just a quick post to wish all of you out there reading this little blog a very happy new year wherever you are. Here is to hoping that 2014 is even better than 2013!
20 Dec 2013
Does your child receive gifts you wish they didn't? Even if the thought is appreciated, as a parent, I always feel some of these gifts would be better avoided.
In this season of crazy money-spending and random gift-giving from relatives you haven't seen in ages, here are some of my thoughts on gift-giving.
17 Dec 2013
Christmas is becoming a big business and money making affair. While, I love the magic of Christmas and all of the traditions that go with it, I am not keen on spending huge amounts of money for it. I much prefer to enjoy a nice meal with family and buy a lovely present for my daughter than spend a fortune every year on decorating the house.
13 Dec 2013
In our monthly instalment of Multilingualism in my family, we meet Lina, her husband and three children who live in the USA. The children are bilingual Chinese/English. Lina outlines some great ideas she uses to get her children engaged and learning. She also gives a lot of freedom to her 5-year-old to reply in the language she chooses. Happy reading!
|© David Yu Photography|
10 Dec 2013
I am closing the current round of Show me your neighbourhood around the world by bringing you a lovely post from a fellow multilingual mum blogger. Here is what Galina writes about her little town near Milan, Italy.
6 Dec 2013
I thought I'd share with you a few family favourites from Brazil that are easy to make with children and loved by children! Having spent a while in Brazil, I have tasted and love all of these. A bite or a sip of either of those brings me back straight to Rio, Curitiba or São Paulo. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does.
27 Nov 2013
We have just come back from a little weekend away in Barcelona, Spain. It was most likely, our last break abroad as a family of 3 as flying restrictions while pregnant will stop me soon. It was not our first time in Barcelona, but we still love that city as much as the first time. I first went there as a student learning Spanish and have been several times since. LJ also spent her first holiday abroad nearby with our extended family. So we have lots of memories there.
19 Nov 2013
|Card by PaperPapelPapier|
This week P happened to mention to people he met through work that his daughter was learning 4 languages. Some were amazed, some were weary, some thought he was just trying to impress them, others couldn't have cared less. But, as usual, he had a comment about being careful, about her being confused and about a (not so) similar case where the child had a silent period and refused to speak a language.