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How Tetsu Uses Language to Make the World a Better Place

About Tetsu

Raising multilingual / multitalented kids based on my own upbringing
I was raised in a multilingual / multicultural setting, which allowed me to become fluent in English, French, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish, and conversant in a few other languages. I also played ice hockey at competitive levels and am an avid skier, snowboarder and golfer. I have been playing the drums in different bands for many years, and still plays the piano and guitar on occasion. Now, as the father of 3 young children, my mission is to raise my kids to become multilingual and multitalented as well.
I am the co-organizer of Montreal Language Festival and the author of the eBook Pampers to Polyglots: 7 ideas for raising multilinguals like me”.

How Tetsu Uses Language to Make the World a Better Place

Tetsu illustrates how creating a language-learning environment can rapidly help anyone learn a new language. And while his main focus is with helping raise multilingual children, his ideas have universal application for anyone interested in or struggling with learning a foreign language.

At the core of his ideas rests an understanding of what it’s like to be a child in a multilingual family and a parent of multilingual children. Growing up, his parents created positive learning experiences around him that were free from pressure. They presented language to him, not as a subject to be studied, but as an everyday part of life. As a result, he grew up without any fear around language-learning. It was simply a process anyone went through to acquire a new language.

This is similar to my own upbringing. As the child of Syrian refugees who immigrated to the US in the 1970s, I grew up with bilingual parents. But my parents fell into the traditional trap many immigrant families make: they prioritized English learning over a multilingual approach. They feared that learning other languages might interfere with the need to learn English.

Luckily, the thought around mulitlingual upbriging has changed quite a bit. Science has helped highlight just how capable kids are at learning new languages. And now that I am a parent and have a much better understanding of language learning, I’ve worked hard to create a multilingual household for my family so that my kids can experience the benefits of being raised as multilingual, global citizens.

 

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