The role of language in raising global citizens

5 reasons why bilingual children grow up to be open-minded

Olena Centeno is a Ukrainian who lives in USA with her American husband and four children. She founded Bilingual Kids Rock as the way to connect to other multicultural families and share her experience on raising bilingual children. Olena is also the host of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast where she interviews parents and professionals about their experiences with multilingualism.
Click here for REFLECTIVE QUESTIONS, RESOURCES and a TRANSCRIPT for the video.

Language and culture

Marianna Du Bosq is a bilingual mother, former educator and lifetime language learner. She is the host of the Bilingual Avenue podcast meant to guide parents on what to do, how to do it & what to expect when raising bilingual children.  Born in Caracas, Venezuela, her family moved to the United States during her teenage years and her passion for language learning began!
Click here for REFLECTIVE QUESTIONS, RESOURCES and a TRANSCRIPT for the video.

How language skills help you connect with other cultures

Rita Rosenback is an author, Family Language Coach, blogger at Multilingual Parenting and speaker, who was born in Finland and now lives in the UK. Rita’s two daughters were the inspiration for her book: “Bringing up a Bilingual Child”, an easy-to-read guide for parents navigating them across the “Seven Cs of Multilingual Parenting: Communication, Confidence, Commitment, Consistency, Creativity, Culture and Celebration”.
Click here for REFLECTIVE QUESTIONS and RESOURCES for the video.

Further reading

… on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Raising multilingual kids {Vlogging telephone}
Bilingual kids: reading and writing
Bilingual school models: what to consider before jumping in
4 reasons why your child is a passive bilingual
A bilingual journey
Explaining the importance of speaking a minority language
The language journey: Teaching and learning language without force

… on our members’ sites

Igniting Love for Other Languages by Mama Tortuga
6 personal tips on how you can encourage language and culture learning!

Why Learning a Language Should Be on Your Bucket List by Vagabonding with Kids
Language learning as a family is beneficial on many levels and enhances travel. And may be easier than you think.

The Importance of the Mother Language… told in different languages by La Cité des Vents
People from across the world share their love for their mother tongue.

How to nurture a child’s language learning by Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes
A compilation of tips, and advice from parents from across the world on nurturing language learning.

You Don’t Need To Be Gifted To Learn A Foreign Language! by Cooking with Languages
Like with most aspects in life, if you want to, and you make the effort, you can!

Lessons Learned from Language Learning by All Done Monkey
Less obvious benefits for children of learning another language

10 Things Successful Expats Do by Djibouti Jones
Engage, learn language, be brave…how to succeed abroad.

Vocabulary And Literacy, The Effects of Traveling by Marcelling Maria
How traveling affecting my son’s language.

Bilingual children – global citizens of the future  by Multilingual Parenting
Speaking more than one language makes you more open-minded and helps you communicate across cultural and geographical borders.

Bilingualism: 3 Myths by Third Culture Mama
The 3 myths that I myself have struggled with being free from.

Bilingualism does not (necessarily) mean sacrifices by The Piri-Piri Lexicon
Why multilingualism does NOT have to mean sacrifices.

Language strategies for raising multilingual kids by Trilingual Children
Want to teach languages to your child? Here are strategies to choose from.

Managing the presence of multiple languages in a single mind by Bilingual Avenue
Learn how the brain is capable of managing multiple languages and dispels the misconception that adding a second or third language can complicate our language system.

What NOT To Do: 3 Cautions for Monolingual Parents in Bilingual Families by A Life with Subtitles
Being the monolingual parent in a bilingual family can be tricky. Learn from these mistakes.

5 ways to teach Arab children cultural pride by A Crafty Arab
Show your Arab child 5 different ways to be proud of the languge they speak.

How I Teach Mandarin, Not Speaking it Myself  by Eva Varga
Much of what we do in homeschool revolves around our Mandarin studies so I thought I would take a few minutes to share with you all a little of what we do.

What I Learned When I Failed to Learn Somali by The Smart Set
Language learning is so much more than memorizing words.

Chinese School Torture and Hopes for My Daughter by Bicultural Mama
A personal essay about the challenges of learning a language when it’s not spoken at home but how things can change.

Scroll to Top