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Dr. Anita and Learning a Heritage Language: It's not just Academic

Photo credit: @prajwalxavier BhashaKids explores heritage language loss and how to relearn your mother tongue as an adult. The 2 Anitas recount stories from their past, discuss how it was difficult to learn Malayalam growing up in the US, and their efforts to relearn their heritage language as adults. This session is useful not just to adults trying to relearn their language, but also to parents trying to raise their kids as bilinguals and teach their children languages. You will learn:  The difference between learning a language and learning a heritage language.  Challenges to learning a heritage language as kids.  Resources that are available today to help Malayalam learners. (That weren’t there when we were growing up!) Why kids are great...

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Faiza of Littlest Literates: Exposure Early and Often is Key

BhashaKids and Faiza Nguyen of @teacher_missfaiza have a fun and engaging conversation on raising multilingual kids, teaching heritage languages, and of course, bilingual read-a-louds.  Faiza is an author, a lover of kids' lit and the OG IG bilingual read-a-loud account. In 2021, she organized an amazing fundraiser for COVID relief in India with help from many members of our community, featuring many South Asian languages. Now based in Germany, she was raised in Pakistan and the US. She's the mom of 3 (and one black cat) and is raising a blended Pakistani-Vietnamese family.   Faiza is the author of "One Black Cat" Aik Kala Billa ایک کالا بلا - a bilingual board book in Urdu and English. It's currently of print but...

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BhashaKids Language Interviews - IG Live- Check it Out!

  Thank YOU for visiting our website and checking out our blog. We aim to produce content that empowers parents, makes language learning easier and grows multilingual resources. When I grew up in the US in the 70s/80s/90s, there were not a lot of options to learn my heritage language - Malayalam. You learned it from the Church or participating in Kerala Samajam. There weren't really classes to take and my parents eventually gave up on me learning the language.  Today it's a very different scene. Social media has given us a plethora of resources: You can watch cartoons, movies and shows in multiple languages through streaming services like Hotstar or Netflix. There are whole communities with cultural academies, language...

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Normalize Multilingualism

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher World Multilingualism Day also known as the International Day of Multilingualism is now celebrated annually on March 28th. Wait, that’s a thing? Well, yes it is, but don’t worry, you aren’t behind the times. It’s new, started in 2019, just 2 years ago, by Dr. Thomas H. Bak and a group of enthusiastic polyglots. Dr. Thomas Bak is a cognitive neuroscientist who studies the impacts of language learning, in particular bilingualism and multilingualism, on the brain and its impacts on aging. They chose March 27th because this is the date engraved on the Rosetta Stone.  Did you know that more than half the world’s population speaks...

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