Corey has been an important trailblazer in providing support to families seeking to raise multilingual children and I greatly admire the efforts she has made over the years. In this candid interview, conducted via email, she offers a personal glimpse of her own bilingual journey as well as a wealth of wise advice for parents. Thank you, Corey, for giving us all this insightful look at your life and your work.
1. Could you share the background behind Multilingual Living? What motivated you to create the site?
Although it may seem unbelievable now, back in 2001, when my first child was born, there were really no online resources for families raising children in more than one language, let alone communities focused on this topic. There were a few books out there, which were extremely helpful, but other than that, bilingual/multilingual families were pretty much on their own.
My goal with Multilingual Living was to change that landscape: to help create a source of information and resources for families around the world raising children in more than one language. I wanted to help dispel the ridiculous myths circulating about raising children bilingually so that families everywhere could do what they deep down knew was right for their families. I wanted to help establish an online community where families could connect, share their experiences and learn about multilingualism in the process.