On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Adriana Zoder, a homeschooling mom, author, blogger and newspaper columnist! Adriana discusses how she is introducing a third language to her bilingual children, the challenges she has faced raising her children speaking English & Romanian and some wonderful proud parenting moments.
Episode #7 Quick Guide
On this episode, Adriana discusses with us:
- Her background with languages starting with her appreciation of how life would likely change once the Berlin Wall fell;
- How languages are managed in her home including Romanian, English and French;
- Her decision to homeschool her children;
- How she has managed to overcome her children’s natural desire to speak the majority language and cultivate an appreciation for their minority language;
- What she does to motivate herself to stick to Romanian (and French) when interacting with her children;
- A funny anecdote that will surely have you using Google translate in Romanian;
- Two beautiful proud parenting moments that clearly make Adriana’s hard work worth all the effort;
- How she is going to leverage Wakou Magazine and a French group she started to increase exposure in French for her children;
- Her homeschooling routine.
Once we hop on the Autobahn at Bilingual Avenue, Adriana shares –
- Her favorite resource: Books
- Best advice received: Don’t give up!
- What has held her back: Being tired when her children were newborns
- A great family habit: Discipline
- Favorite Books: Babar stories in French
- Best Advice to others: Have family and friends that speak the minority language interact with your children as much as they can
Summary of links Adriana mentioned on the show:
- Homeschool Ways – Adriana’s Blog
- Caillou – Children’s cartoon in French
- Petralingua – a curriculum that teaches children under 10 English, German, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.
- Wakou – A magazine that Adriana described as National Geographic for kids in French
- Babar – A great children’s book series in French
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