Category Archives: Multilingual Parenting

My Dog – multilingual book review

Are you a parent or an educator of  little polyglots, who’s always on quest for quality bilingual books?

Or are you – like me – an exhausted Mum of bilingual kids, who would love to delegate bedtime reading to Dad and have that glass of wine in peace, but the kids’ favourite stories are never available in HIS language?

Do your children love dogs and all your family was crying at “Beethoven”, “Marley and me”, “Dog’s Purpose” and even on  TV dog food ads that featured cute puppies?

Then, you will definitely enjoy “My Dog” by Dr Mojca Stubelj Ars from Mini Poliglotini, a simple yet beautiful story about friendship. Continue reading My Dog – multilingual book review

Mr Minuscule and the Whale – book review and Lego craft

Are you a parent of a child who loves adventures and dreams of exploring the world? Would you like to introduce your children to quality Polish literature, but you don’t speak more Polish than “piwo” and “pierogi“? Or – like me – are you a tired, sleep deprived mum, who’s looking for fun, short books and simple crafts that don’t require two shopping carts of supplies and two hours of cleaning after the craft is done?

Then, you will definitely enjoy Mr Minuscule and the Whale by Julian Tuwim as much as we did!

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The “Worse” Kind of Little Migrant

Paul is four years old. His dad is British and his mum is Spanish. They live in Marbella, in a lovely beach area that’s popular among expats; Paul has neighbours from Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. Paul’s dad works as a manager for a British hotel chain.

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How to Teach Children to Manage Big Emotions with Silly Stories. Book review: Toby and Clemmie Books by Rebecca Elliott

Mr Super Poopy Pants and My Stinky New School by Rebecca Elliott

We received these books to review by Lion Hudson PLC. Thank you very much!

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My kids aren’t too enthusiastic about so-called therapeutic stories for children. There’s a separate shelf for that kind of literaturę in our library, decorated with paper flowers; Andrés and Michał find it “girly” and “boring”.

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MULTILINGUAL KIDS APP – The Fairytale of Luna | app review

Facebook groups and forums for parents of bilingual children are full of questions about child-friendly websites, apps and other language learning resources. And while I’m not a big fan of screen time for children, I can definitely recommend you a great multilingual app I’ve got to review from Mini Poliglotini; The Fairytale of Luna.

The Fairytale of Luna is a heart-warming story of the smallest pony in a horse riding club, who dreams of becoming big. This app is designed for children aged 2-10 years old and is narrated in 7 languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Slovene.

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Who’s in charge of Christmas gifts around the world?

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If you ask my kids what’s the worst part of multicultural upbringing, they will probably complain about “funny” food from different countries; it’s not fair when Babcia makes you eat a beetroot soup and Abuelita puts a huge plate of caraotas on the same day! Yuck! Or all those exercise books in three languages when all you want to do is play with your  new Lego set!

However, there’s a HUGE bonus to all that suffering: they literally get the best of both worlds when it comes to celebrations and presents. They celebrate their name day (like all Polish kids) with a huge piñata (like all Venezuelan kids). They get visits from Ratoncito Pérez (Perez the Mouse)  AND Tooth Fairy….and if they’re lucky, these visits happen when we travel, so the kiddos get their teeth attractive foreign currency.

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Our Global Table Adventure: Venezuelan Fruit Punch – Tizana

If my friends had known that I’m writing a blog post about cooking, they would probably: a) call firefighters to report a fire threat in the neighbourhood; b) post comments all over the place warn my readers of risk of food poisoning (if try to follow my recipe at home); c) make sure my kids have plenty of milk and cereals to make themselves an edible super.

Because, ladies and gentlemen, the truth is that I’m a crap cook. When I was an Erasmus student in Granada, my attempt to make pasta in a microwave made me famous all over the town (hopefully we didn’t have smart phones and YouTube accounts back in those days!). My miserable Venezuelan arepas and cachapas made me realize that my way to my husband’s heart definitely did NOT go through his stomach.

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