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Check out a very helpful article published this week in Psychology Today by Viorica Marian PhD. Viorica is an expert in her field and a professor at Northwestern University. She and other experts believe that 'giving your children the gift of bilingualism can enrich their life.'
Click here to read the article: How to Raise a Bilingual Child: Seven Strategies for Success
Happy New Year to our partners and customers celebrating Lunar New Year! 恭喜发财。
2018 was a memorable year for gray tortuga. We launched our e-commerce site with over 60 high quality products for learning Spanish and Mandarin Chinese to US-based customers. Over 90% of our customers came from California but by the end of the year, we successfully branched out to other states in the East Coast and the Midwest. 60% of our customers purchased products in Spanish while 40% in Mandarin Chinese. Our language resources pages received thousands of views and customers asked great questions by email and on our Instagram feed @graytotuga. We were proud to establish a non-profit partnership with Global Language Project to promote efforts to provide underprivileged children access to global language learning.
My family embarked on our Mandarin language adventure nearly a decade ago, and with every year, there are new curiosities and connections to the language and culture. We are fortunate to have a Mandarin immersion school as our partner and reside in a city with the oldest and largest Chinatown in the US but the question still lingers: What can I (as a non-Mandarin speaker) do to support my children’s interests and growth as a Mandarin speaker and global citizen? I am not alone in this quest of understanding the parent’s role (when you don’t speak the language yourself!) in supporting language learning so I humbly invite you to the dialogue by sharing some tips…parent to parent.