Raising a bilingual (or multilingual) child is hard! A favorite part of our Habbi Habbi journey has been meeting and hearing the stories of other parents. Their tips and tricks, motivations, backgrounds... are all so interesting - inspiring and comforting us along our own paths. We've shared them here, in hopes that they can do the same for you! We hope you love. xo, H&AL
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Charing is a mom raising two bilingual children (Cantonese & English), in a mixed heritage family (her husband is Caucasian). She is also the founder of Little Kozzi (Canadian bilingual book shop!) We explored parent roles, success factors, resources, Cantonese vs. Mandarin, and of course, how Kozzi came about. It was such a pleasure, and we hope you enjoy this chat, too.READ MORE
We loved this chat with Grace - speech therapy expert and bilingual mom. A 5-minute conversation evolved into a much longer discussion about how she uses Habbi Habbi and how she would advise different age groups and family types to use it (e.g. native and non-native). We left the conversation with new ideas on ways to use our own product and decided to write it up, in case you find it helpful too!READ MORE
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Getting past ‘Jook-sing’: How one mom (and bookseller) is teaching her child Cantonese in a mixed-race home
Charing is a mom raising two bilingual children (Cantonese & English), in a mixed heritage family (her husband is Caucasian). We explored parent roles, success factors, resources, Cantonese vs. Mandarin, and of course, how Kozzi came about! It was such a pleasure, and we hope you love it too.
[Guest Post] As non-native speakers, our family is always looking for ways to incorporate Chinese into our daily lives. It isn’t the most natural thing for us, so practice is deliberate, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. One way we’ve been slyly sneaking in Chinese play with our youngest (age 3) is by pairing her Habbi Habbi book, Foodie Friends, with our play kitchen ...
We loved this chat with speech therapy expert and mom - Grace. A 5-minute conversation evolved into a much longer discussion about how she uses Habbi Habbi and how she would advise different age groups and family types to use it (e.g. native and non-native). We left the conversation with new ideas on ways to use our own product and decided to write it up, in a series on Habbi Habbi Play Habits (#HabbiHabits), in case our Habbi Habbi families find these tips helpful too.
Yoshito has a fascinating profile. He’s both a foreign-language teacher and a dad, French-Japanese living in the UK, with a Korean wife, raising his sons in French, Korean, and of course English. Our conversation also sparked new food for thought, particularly on the importance and role of literacy. We hope you enjoy this interview!
Language is the heartbeat of a culture: Perspective from an American mom raising an adoptee from China
We still remember the first time we met Liz. She reached out on Instagram, expressing such gratitude and love for Habbi Habbi. As we started to chat, we were overwhelmed by her story and the recognition that our product was making a real impact for adoptive families like hers. Delving into her story was such a treat.
We first met Dianna (@coolmumdianna) while living in Beijing and marveled at her language ability. She can effortlessly move between English, Beijing Chinese accent, Southern Taiwanese accent, Hong Kong Cantonese, and more. Just watch her YouTube videos, and you will understand what we mean! We loved reconnecting with her, reflecting on topics like identity, culture, multilingualism, and motherhood. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did!
We had so much fun speaking with Javi - we were fascinated by her @Japan.with.Chile account where she speaks a mix of English / Spanish / Japanese and labels her stories in multiple languages as well! She seemed like an example of a true global citizen, and we loved learning more about her story and her perspectives on raising a trilingual child in Japan!
We recently met Yvonne, the mom behind Bilingual Kiddos and love how she is sharing her bilingual journey - from activities she does with her own kids to tips for us parents. We really enjoyed learning her approach to raising bilingual kids, especially her principle around keeping it fun!
Thinking of introducing a second (or third) language at home? Valicia is a mom of 2 who loves languages - she is fluent in Spanish and English, with some proficiency in Japanese and Korean. We sat down with her to hear her approach to multilingualism, which centers around respect for language and culture… and her love of books!
With schools turning to online learning and so many people opting to keep their kids at home, we wanted to get guidance from the amazing experts who do it every day - homeschool moms. Here, we share insights from our exchange with Shanell @twolightsacademy, Coast Guard Family and Homeschool Mom of her 6-year-old Sprout. She leads us through her day, shares her philosophy on picking materials, and answers practical FAQ!
We were thrilled to sit down with Mandy - originally from Shanghai, she is now a private tutor and creator of ‘Fun with Joy Mandarin.' Given her experience teaching kids of all ages - from <1 yr to high school - we were interested in hearing her tips on setting up a bilingual learning environment at home. We loved our chat and hearing tips that don't require formal tutors or teachers. We hope you find it helpful too!