Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The end of an era

A connection in cyberspace
She was an American who married a German, just like me. She was raising her kids to be bilingual, just like me. When I connected with Corey Heller over 4 years ago, it was like finding a kindred spirit, an instant friend. Even though we live on opposite coasts and have never met face to face, we found we had so much in common!

I was so excited when Corey launched Multiliving Magazine. It would be a magazine dedicated to the issues faced by bilingual (and multilingual) families. What I didn't expect was the extent of her dedication and the quality of work she would produce. Issue after issue poured forth in vibrant full color, with articles that gripped me, inspired me to keep up our German even when the going was tough. The issues contained up to 100 pages of interviews, crafts, recipes, and motivation - so critical for me as an isolated bilingual mom.

The end of an era
This week we learned that Multilingual Living Magazine is producing it's last issue. Corey had been creating this amazing work on a volunteer basis with a shoestring budget and only 1 other dedicated person. It's time for her to move on.

The magazine lives on
Although there will be no new issues, Corey is providing access to back issues of the magazine plus the last issue at minimal cost. If you are struggling with speaking German with your kids or are looking for some new inspiration, I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity. There are 19 back issues, over 1000 pages of material available to encourage, excite and inspire you.

If you're not convinced...
take a look at the table of contents from the last issue:
Trilingualism? Yes we can! - Find out how to raise your child with three languages!
4 Tips for parents of trilingual children - Make sure you are on track with this helpful guidance.
From 3 languages to 4 languages! Going from trilingualism to quadralingualism - yes it IS possible.
OPOL with a second child - when it just doesn't work out the same the second time around!
Bilingualism one step at at time - because raising bilingual children takes patience and time!
Frequently Asked Questions - your most pressing questions about multilingualism answered!
Growing up with Three Languages - An exclusive interview with the author, Dr. Xiao-lei Wang (and a review of her book)!

Our linguistic landscape - Two language experts show us how multilingualism is all around us.
I could spend all day exploring any one of these topics. This is great stuff, people!

Don't miss out
I'm not sure how long this option will be available so I recommend taking action right away. The 19 issues of Multilingual Living Magazine are online and downloadable immediately.

I didn't tell Corey I was going to post this - wouldn't it be great if we surprised her with a whole bunch of subscriptions? She has been truly selfless in her service to the multilingual community and she deserves recognition for this excellent work. I can't wait to see what project she has up her sleeve next!

How to subscribe
You can see the listing of back issues and their tables of contents here and subscribe here. You won't regret it!


smashedpea said...

Hi Sarah,

thanks a lot for this hint! Even though I'd heard about the magazine before, I've never subscribed - now I'll definitely have to have a look before it's gone forever.... Might be useful to help me with for my two monkeys who understand German just fine, but are a bit reluctant to actually speak it.

I initially found you via Google alerts, and have been back a few times since. If ever you open a Candian location let me know (I know it's unlikely....), it'd make things so much easier with shipping :)

Sarah Mueller said...

Hi Smashedpea,

Thanks for your note :) Yes, shipping to Canada is a bit expensive. If you stick to smaller books and CDs, that will help since the shipping cost is based on weight.

Viele Gruesse!

Corey said...

Dear Sarah,

I just now saw this posting of yours! It brought tears to my eyes! You are a kindred spirit and I can't tell you how much I have appreciated your support through these years. What YOU do is an inspiration above and beyond what I can describe. I hope to keep the website going with digital articles (I just can't keep up with creating the pdfs anymore) but most of all, I look forward to us never losing our connection across the continent! Big, big hugs! Corey