There are over 50 million polish speakers worldwide, Polish uses most of the same alphabet as English but there are 9 letters that are different.
These months away from school may have given families the chance to boost their home languages and we hope that some of the ideas and tips in our blog have helped you along the way.
German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe, with about 76 million native speakers
Greek is one of the oldest languages in Europe and is spoken by over 15 million people today.
Japanese is a very interesting language, spoken by more than 127 million people. Despite popular beliefs, Japanese is not related or derived from the Chinese language. Considered to be one of the most unique languages in the world, the Japanese language is said to have no direct derivation! How interesting is that!
When I see Alba having full (three-year-old) conversations in Spanish with my mother on videocalls or with any Spanish speaker friends, my heart swells.
2020 has been a rough year for many.
At Mother Tongues, we had to pull together as a team and get creative on how we could continue our support from afar.
On November 20 and 21, Mother Tongues in Dublin, Ireland, and Móðurmál - the Association on Bilingualism in Reykjavík, Iceland, co-organized an annual conference for their mother tongue/heritage language teachers.
Years ago, at university when I was studying speech therapy, I attended a class about bilingualism. We had to read different research papers on bilingualism and presented the outcomes to the group, and I thought it would be nice to have some not research-based insights, too.
Being bilingual has incredible advantages for children, and speaking a language like Arabic gives your child access to a rich language and a deeper understanding of many cultures.