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Be Bilingual – the paperback is out!

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Dear friends,

A year ago this week, my e-book Be Bilingual – Practical Ideas for Multilingual Families came out. I had chosen the 9th of December to launch the book as it was exactly 25 years after I lost my father. I remember so well how I felt on that day a year ago: I was excited, but also very nervous about publishing a book on my own. I believed in what I had written and had worked on it all evenings for over a year. Still, I was worried about putting it out there – maybe people wouldn’t like it, or even worse – they might simply not read it.

Now, a year later, I want to sincerely thank all of you. Those who have read the book (and I’m thrilled by how many you are!), those who took the time to send me a message or an email to share your thoughts on the book (I cherished each one of them!),  those who have written reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, or on your websites (really, your help is more important to me than you could ever imagine!), and those who have shared information about the book – thank you all so much!

Thanks to your encouragement, I am now ready to take the next step. So many of you have asked me about the print copy of the book, and I’m happy to tell you that we have just launched it on Amazon – exactly one year after the e-book version!! Take a look at it here!

I also wanted to do something special for you to celebrate this launch and there will be a special Amazon countdown deal on the e-book running for four days. It starts on Friday, December 13th (today!) and the price is as low as 1.99Usd (or 0.99 GBP) !!! Here’s the catch, though, the price will increase by 1 Usd every day so do hurry to get the best deal! 🙂

As 2013 draws to a close, I sincerely hope that it’s been a great year for you – and that 2014 will be even better. In a week’s time our family will be traveling to our minority language country, France, not only to immerse ourselves in the language, but to enjoy time with our loved ones. This time is precious as we don’t see as much of each other as we would like to. I know many of you know exactly what I mean, and I hope that you, too, will be reunited with your family.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a merry Christmas if you celebrate it.

Kiitos. Merci. Thank you!

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…and we’re back!

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We were never really gone, though it may have seemed like it!

What a year it has been! First my husband was working in France for the first 6 months of the year and we were holding our thumbs that it would turn into an expat assignment for the whole family. Alas, not yet! In the summer we took a long family vacation in the US and as our children went back to school I too started a new job – teaching Swedish for the first time in my life. It has been interesting, but very hectic, and hasn’t left me with a lot of time for blogging.

I have done a few things lately, though, and thought I’d share them with you in case you’d like to take a look.

Speaking about bilingualism is one of my passions, and I’ve been doing quite a bit of that this fall at different places. I even got to try an online lecture, which was a bit uncomfortable (I prefer to see people’s faces and reactions), but here it is: https://www.perheaikaa.fi/nettiluennot/lapsi-tulossa/luento:1139/

I was also interviewed by Raising Playful Tots and it’s available on a Podcast: http://raisingplayfultots.com/tag/bilingual

I’ve written a few articles, some are still to come out, but this one is already out there. It has less to do with bilingualism and more with cultural differences that emerge with children: http://whattheflicka.com/baby-box/

And all the time, I’ve also been working on something that I will hopefully be able to reveal this coming week, a year after my book Be Bilingual was launched… I’m very excited so please stay tuned!