Leanna Guillen Mora is the founder of Multicultural Kid Blogs and Baha’i Mom Blogs. She also blogs about embracing the madness of motherhood at All Done Monkey. She is a stay at home mom to her 4 year old son and his baby brother. She and her husband, who is from Costa Rica, are raising their kids to be bilingual and to be “world citizens”.
We talk about the Baha’i Faith, her choice of language learning system for her kids, learning Spanish while residing in Bolivia, switching languages when speaking to adults and a whole lot more.
In this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast:
00:38 Introduction to guest, Leanna Guillen Mora – founder of All Done Monkey, co-founder of Baha i Mom Blogs and Multicultural Kids Blogs
1:47 Discussing Baha’i Faith and its relation to raising children, difference to the other religions
7:10 Leanna’s family language portrait and language system
11:00 Learning Spanish and living in Bolivia
13:32 Discussing “Not every moment has to be teachable, sometimes it’s just cuddling”
16:15 Does Leanna change her personality when speaking another language?
18:30 How she teaches her son another language?
19:10 Leanna’s take on language support and community in her area
21:15 How about Spanish immersion schools?
22:00 Discussing bilingual educational group
26:22 Leanna’s trip to Costa Rica and her experiences in immersion traveling
30:38 Fostering the minority language by traveling to home country
32:43 Discussing the book: Quiet – the power of introvert by Susan Cain
35:15 Switching languages when speaking to adults
36:35 Leanna’s advice on parents who are looking/planning to raise multilingual children
39:52 Closing Remarks
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