Would You Live Abroad to Raise a Multilingual Child?
[Editor's Note: Experts say one of the best ways to learn a foreign language is to live in another country. How about taking a whole year off to move to a new country so your child could pick up a new language -- or two?
That's what Marilia at Tripping Mom is doing. She and her daughter are originally from Brazil, and native Portuguese speakers. Marilia explains what their life is like during their extended stay in Costa Rica. --Grace]
Sometimes in our home, she´ll say something in Italian she learned at her friend´s house, like: ¨Che bella!¨ How beautiful. She asks me how to say things in Italian, so sometimes I let her watch a cartoon on you tube in Italian, she likes repeating some of it outloud.
Luísa has a couple of friends with American parents, who she talks to in both Spanish and English, and there are parents of different nationalities here, so it´s a real multicultural and multilingual environment.