017: Leanna Guillen Mora | The Language Story of The Creative Mom

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Leanna  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

Items mentioned in this episode:

Quiet – The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain


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