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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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Richa of Dual Nations Design: Be open

  Tips on Raising a Multilingual and Multicultural Family Anita & Richa discuss their successes and challenges in raising multilingual and multicultural families. Hear what inspired them to become #mompreneur and their vision for making things easier for other families. Richa Joshi is a podcaster, a Coach, a diversity advocate and an entrepreneur. Her brand, Dual Nation, asks "Why choose one when you can be both?" Her message is all about multicultural pride and growth mindset. In this interview, Richa shares her own story of being an Indian expat and growing up in several countries before settling down in Australia to raise her kids. She shares what it is like to grow up as a "third culture kid" and "global...

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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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