I found these quotes about languages while surfing the ‘net and thought I’d put some here for inspiration. One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way. ~ Frank Smith If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that … Read More
Moving internationally: some advice Several people have asked me to write a post on moving internationally. Now that things are starting to calm down after my move from Indonesia to Scotland just a week and a half ago, I have some time to write some advice for anyone who is … Read More
Kate moved from the UK to Switzerland in July 2007. The boys were eight and six and had just finished years 3 and 1 respectively in the UK. They went into an international school for the first year, until July 2008. Then they transferred into local school at ages nine and seven. They are now in their 6th year here, and their 5th year of local schooling.
Local or international school? How do you decide on a school for your child in another country? There are some extreme views at both ends of this debate, but in the end it is a very personal decision. Sometimes a little forced upon you, perhaps (because of financial constraints or … Read More
Who are Third Culture Kids? This particular phrase has, in recent years, become the most popular way to describe expat children. It’s a bit of a mouthful, though, and is usually abbreviated to TCK and ATCK, which means Adult Third Culture Kid. However, it had always slightly confused me in … Read More
How to choose a school overseas Many of the choices we make when choosing which school to send our child to depend upon how long we will be staying in that particular country. If you have emigrated for good you may choose a different method of schooling than those who … Read More
In my personal opinion – and I have no idea if this has been scientifically proven – if a child is raised as bilingual from birth, learning yet another language seems so much easier for them. I’ve met children who can speak several languages by the age of seven or … Read More
Learning a foreign language as a child Younger children pick up a new language so much quicker than older kids and adults. Learning a foreign language as a child is much easier than learning it as an adult. If you are moving to a location where a new, foreign language … Read More