According to the Webster dictionary, a vacation means taking a break from usual activities or a holiday.
Considering the definition, here are 5 reasons why you should consider a vacation for your multilingual family
🌄 Focus on the minority language
A vacation for a multilingual family means taking a break from the majority language for an extended period and focusing on the minority language which is not spoken as much as we would like. Maybe even a better title for vacation would be a minority language immersion experience.
🌄Create memories with family
It is a time to be with family we don’t see all the time and create memories with them. It is chance for your family to experience everyday language, phrases, cultures and traditions that might not be encountered back at home.
🌄Opportunity for your spouse to learn the language
Encourage your spouse to learn some of your language during the trip instead of translating for them in order to create a bond with your family. Also its an opportunity for them to speak their language (unless it’s the majority one) with your kids aka double minority language exposure.
🌄 Coming back refreshed for the next chapter.
A vacation allows us to take a break from our daily activities and re-evaluate what has been working or not for our multilingual family. That way once we are back home, we can put a plan in motion to be more consistent or speak the minority languages more often especially through the next tip.
🌄Stock up on minority language resources
While you are in the minority language country, buy as many resources like books, games or activities that you can. Then you can incorporate them in your language lessons.
Where does your family travel to for a minority language immersion vacation ?