Bilingual Kidspot is an informative blog offering practical advice for parents seeking to raise bilingual or multilingual children. Created by an educator, and mother, it is a place that provides inspiration, tools, and support; with strategies based on experience as a parent, and as a teacher of a foreign language to children.
Australian living in Italy.
Certified ESL teacher and mother of two young bilingual children.
I must confess that I am a little obsessed with kids, and languages! Having learned to speak Italian as an adult, I know how hard it can be to learn a language later in life.
I grew up only speaking English, though I am half Italian. I could never communicate with my paternal grandparents growing up because although they lived in Australia, they never learned to speak English, and I couldn’t speak Italian. It wasn’t until I moved overseas that I learned to speak the language.
After university in Melbourne, I took what was meant to be a year out to travel around Europe. However, I caught the travel bug and decided to explore more of the world. I started working with young children as an English teacher and Governess in schools, nurseries and within private families.
I travelled extensively working with kids in Switzerland, Germany, France, Russia, and Italy, experiencing first hand how easy it is for children to learn a foreign language, and how quickly they are able to pick it up at a young age.
Now, more than ten years later, coincidentally, I am based in Italy, married to my Italian husband and have two young children who are bilingual. Speaking English and Italian fluently, they are currently learning Spanish as a third language, and we are now introducing Mandarin.
I believe that with the many benefits of being bilingual, that every child should have the chance to learn a second language.
I created Bilingual Kidspot to share my knowledge and experience with other families who would like to raise bilingual kids.
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