On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Joanne Wall, an Irish mother who together with her family moved to France so that her children could learn another language and reap the benefits of bilingualism. She is the founder of Eulingual.com and Lingowl.com, two websites full of language resources!
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Episode #67 Quick Guide
On this episode, Joanne discusses with us:
- Her decision to move to France to provide her children a bilingual environment;
- Her kids experience in French schools and the immersion approach they have taken since moving to France;
- Her own experience learning French as an adult;
- Why she wanted her children to grow up speaking more than one language;
- How the fact that Joanne and her husband are not as fluent in French as her children can be an obstacle at times;
- How her son is already a little translator inside and outside of the home;
- How the nickname her children have for her can create some funny confusions for French speakers;
- A funny anecdote while potty training;
- Eulingual.com – her labor of love with over 3,000 links for language learning in twenty different languages including: Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese – Mandarin, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and currently adding Romanian;
- A useful page within Eulingual about commonly used phrases which includes audio by a native speaker;
- Lingowl.com – which was initially derived from other parents around her looking for language resources and now offers dictionaries, flash cards, games, bilingual books, etc in a variety of languages;
- How proud she feels when she hears her children speak fluently in French;
- How her son is already demonstrating an appreciation of languages beyond the ones he already speaks.
Once we hop on the Autobahn at Bilingual Avenue, Joanne shares –
- Favorite resources:Audio Books for children who do not read and games/bilingual books for children who can read;
- Best advice received: Keep it normal, have fun and do not force the issue;
- What has held her back: Her limited French language abilities;
- Great family habit: The family policy to speak French once they teach the gate of their house;
- Favorite Books: The Oxford bilingual picture dictionary;
- Best Advice to others:Stick with it, don’t hesitate to ask for help and keep it fun.
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