In this episode, I sit down with Nina Peacock, a U.S. American expat experiencing acquisition of the community language alongside her children in Japan and now in Germany. She talks about learning Japanese while her children attended Japanese preschool, and then working to keep learning it together when they moved back to the U.S. Nina describes some of the challenges she faced teaching her children a language that isn’t her native one while also no longer being immersed in the country. She shares her discovery of TalkBox.Mom, a language learning program that guides families to speaking a second (or third or fourth...) language together at home from day 1, no matter where you live. Nina and her family found so much success using this program for Japanese while living in the U.S. that they brought it along for their transition to Germany, using it in both languages now. We talk about the struggles we’ve experienced trying to share our love of languages with our kids, what “fluency” can mean for multilingual children, setting goals for ourselves and our kids, and also the benefits of using one language to teach another.
Nina’s journey as both a language learner and parent of expat children is full of discovery, growth, challenges, and celebrations. I’m so grateful to have the pleasure of hosting this chat, and we both hope to give other parents tips, hope, and inspiration for their own multilingual parenting journeys.
WHERE TO FIND NINA & TALKBOX.MOM:
You can follow more of Nina’s journey on Instagram @ninakpeacock, where she shares her family’s language life, especially with TalkBox.Mom.
As a brand ambassador and avid user, she is a wealth of knowledge for any parents interested in the program, and you’ll also find coupon codes and other opportunities for trying this program on her page. You can also visit this link for more information and a free starter pack.