Category: Foreign Language

The beauty of language: Saying so much in just a few words

The other day, after dropping of my kids at school, I switched from the High School Musical soundtrack to NPR – per my typical morning routine. As I stared out at the sea of red brake lights heading south on Lake Shore Drive my mind began to wander until a snippet of an interview with... Read more »

Youth language learning in Chicago: Language Stars opens its 15th local center this week

My husband and I are always quick to say we wish we could speak more than one language. While both of us took a language early on in school, we never progressed past a basic understanding of Spanish for him and French for me. From the first time we spoke about our hopes and dreams... Read more »

Kids Learn About Language and Culture at These Chicago Summer Camps

Now that it’s finally starting to feel like spring, it’s time to turn our attention to summer. Lucky for all of us Chicagoans who have been chilled to the bone these last few months, the warmer temperatures will be here before you know it. For families, summer means school is out and camp is in... Read more »

Children's Animated Foreign Films in Chicago: Eleanor's Secret and More

There’s nothing like escaping into a wonderful movie that takes your imagination to another place, another world or another time. And that goes for adults and children alike. That’s why I highly recommend that families see the French animated movie Eleanor’s Secret (or Kérity, La Maison des Contes) – in the language of your choice. Eleanor’s Secret... Read more »

Foreign Language Bookstores in Chicago: A Closer Look at a Few More Options

Back in October, I shared my woeful tale of needing to find a new foreign language-book purveyor in Chicago following the closing of Europa Books in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. At the time, I set out to find and explore other new and old options for me and my fellow foreign language bookstore fans. Since... Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide: Children's Presents that Celebrate Chicago and the World

Friday marks the official start of the holiday shopping season and the beginning of the inevitable rush to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. I always dread this time of year due to the insane amount of pressure I put on myself to come up with the ideal presents that will be... Read more »