Join the Multilingual Mania Team!

by multilingualmania on October 2, 2010

in Writing

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We are excited to announce that Multilingual Mania is now looking for two contributing writers to join our team! Each writer will commit to contributing a submission every other week about issues that are related to multilingualism, language learning, and issues related to English language learners. Writers can be a parent, teacher, student, writer, or person who is interested in topics related to multilingualism, language learning, and other topics.

Since we are just starting out, we can only pay $5 per post as of now, but we hope to increase payment in the future. There will also be additional opportunities for writers to earn revenue and bonuses, which we will explain in detail to interested candidates.

If you are interested in being a Multilingual Mania contributor, please submit an email of interest to us at multilingualmania(at)yahoo(dot)com and we will send you additional information.

In the near future we are expanding our website to include a section in Spanish and will be soliciting two additional writers in Spanish. If you are interested in becoming a writer for our upcoming plans for expansion, please email and let us know of your interest.

As always, for those who don’t want to become a regular contributor but who would like to guest post, you are always welcome!

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Tracy Shaw October 3, 2010 at 8:12 am

What a great idea. We are an American family living in Germany for a year. It is quite amazing to me how most of the people we meet here speak at least 2 languages fluently and many speak more! We are at a great disadvantage in America to basically have one language. Yes, we require students take a language, but how many American students would write a letter in that second language in High School? I certainly couldn’t. I have had 5 students email me about a tutoring position. All of these students were 15 – 17 and have had English in school since 3rd grade. All of the letters were written well enough for me to understand. I can’t wait to read more on your website!

Elisa_Croatia October 4, 2010 at 4:34 am

I agree with Tracy, America is so behind in foreign languages. such a shame as it’s best to start at an early age. My parents continued speaking Spanish at home despite the teacher’s advice that we would learn English quicker at school if english was spoken at home. (I’m so glad my parents DIDN”T listen) this was back in the 80s! glad I found your link to continue fostering bilingualism to our 2 year old daughter.

multilingualmania October 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Hi ladies, thanks for your comments and opinions! It’s true that the US has a long way to go with “foreign” language education, and that’s what we’re doing here at Multilingual Mania-educating people about the necessity of teaching children a second language as soon as possible.

I am also glad that your parents didn’t listen, Elisa! It takes a lot of principle to not bend to what everyone is telling you is supposed to be “right”.

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you around here more!!

-Melanie

Minna Mars October 10, 2010 at 7:43 am

Hi, I cannot even recall how I ended up following multilingual mania on the facebook but based on my own background I’m following the discussion always with great interest. Now, I saw you are looking for 2 regular bloggers, and I would be interested since at this time of my life, I could commit myself for 2x month if you think my background and sharing my views on the diverse issues relating to multilingualism would make interesting and inspiring reading to others? Here why I feel multilingualism touches my life from so many ankles: 1. I am a Finn (from Finland) who is married to an American and live in the U.S. since 2008; 2. As a European, I’ve learnt 3 languages before English, and 2 after (Finnish, German, Swedish – Spanish, French); 3. My children were raised bi-lingual Finnish-English, and additionally, they have learnt 2-3 foreign languages; 4. I’ve worked in communications positions for the last 20yrs, and last 6yrs I was leading several multicultural, multilingual teams in a multinational corporation; 5. Now I’m working full time on my PhD, relating to cross-cultural leadership in a multinational corporation – all that said, my personal life is all about multiculturalism and multilingualism, and comparing to my very good American friends who mostly have only learnt one language, their native, I think I’ve been blessed by a richness that someone knowing only one language cannot miss nor understand; it’s not only the languages but even more the cultures and way of thinking, the values and mindsets, that these languages have opened up to me. As E. Hall, the famous American researcher of cross cultural communication put it: “We’re all captives of our languages” – meaning that the language and the words we learn direct our thinking and acting more that than we would ever realize. If I’d have children now, I wouldn’t leave it only with raising them ‘bilingual’, I’d raise them multilingual! because the ability to pick languages works best before about ten years of age, I’ve read. And kids have no trouble in picking many languages at the same time, against all old beliefs common to me too from my childhood – learning another language makes learning the third, fourth etc only easier, because you have the pattern of ‘existence of different languages’ in your head already. So go for it, go for multilingualism!

Lyn Goh February 12, 2011 at 1:26 am

Hi, Lyn here from Singapore, I just stumbled upon your Twitter page today as I’m a Twitter member.. :) I speak English, Chinese, some elementary Spanish, Korean and Japanese, how do I go about contributing 2 your multi-lingual mania team? :)

Hope 2 hear more from u guys as soon as possible, thanks!!

Jorge Mejia November 15, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Greetings,

This post might be a bit old but I’m writing with interest anyways.
I’m interested in writing in either Spanish or English for you.
I’m a foreign language teacher and a parent of two kids growing up multilingual. My son and daughter are learning Spanish, English, German and Serbo-Croatian.

Please contact me if there is still an opportunity to participate.
Thanks!
Jorge

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