Ukrainian Language Resources

If you are raising your child in Ukrainian language,  this resource list is for you.  Below you will find book stores, educational websites, apps and you tube videos in Ukrainian. All of suggested resources have been tested by my family or advised by my closed friends, who are raising Ukrainian speaking children. Here you go! Note: if you are looking for a similar resources in another language, check out … [Read more...]

The “Need” To Speak The Language: A Lifelong Quest

  The door to our 100 year old kitchen swings open. My 4 year old rushes through straight to the living room. “Mama, where is my dolly?” she asks in perfect English while dumping the whole content of the toy chest on the floor. “What did you say, lil’ bunny?” I sweetly ask in Russian while chopping cabbage for borscht. “My dolly, the one with pink dress?” she continues without any effort … [Read more...]

How To Motivate Your Child To Speak Second Language

Child's motivation to speak second language is like chain lube to your bike: it makes other parts of bilingual upbringing flow smoothly. Parents often say: If he would just understand how important it is to speak/read/write in [put your minority language here] he would be motivated to speak it! The logic here is: knowledge motivates us to take action (speak second language in our case) But … [Read more...]

033: Book Review: “Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability” by Adam Beck

Recently I got myself a copy of Adam's Beck new book "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability". Adam is originally from the USA and now lives with his family in Japan.  He runs exceptionally helpful blog Bilingual Monkeys. The day I started to read his book my To Do list was not accomplished at all. I could not put it down. It is so captivating, well organized and rich in stories! Adam's writing … [Read more...]

032: Why Is It Important To Support The Mother Tongue With Renata Peskova

Renata Emilson Peskova has a doctoral degree in Bayreuth University in Bavaria, Germany. She is the Chair at the Mother Tongue Association on Bilingualism. Renata lives with her German husband in Reykjavik, Iceland and has a bilingual son, Yohan. In this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast: Teaching hello in Icelandic and Czech Renata Peskova talks about what she does Why is it important to save … [Read more...]

031: Why Your Bilingual Child Does Not Respond Back In Minority Language

Today's question is the most popular in my blogging experience. It is been asked by so many parents of different languages, family circumstances and kids' ages. But the core of the question remains the same: Why my bilingual child does not respond back in minority language. It certainly could be frustrating: you were always speaking the target language with your child and maybe he/she even spoke … [Read more...]