Petit Sounds

Petit Sounds

We created Petit Sounds, a podcast about multilingual parenting, for bi-cultural, bilingual, and multilingual families, so they can understand the process of first and second language acquisition and foster multilingualism at home.

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April 8, 2022

Chapter Eight: Music and Language

Around 90% of the world’s languages are tonal, meaning that unlike English, Spanish, or German, tone patterns are used to disting…

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March 1, 2022

Chapter Seven: How to help bilingual and multilingual children in the…

In this episode, Héctor and Elaine explore some of the questions you might want to consider when raising a child in a bilingual h…

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Feb. 1, 2022

Chapter Six: How babies and children learn words

In this episode, Héctor and Elaine explore nouns, how babies learn to identify them before being able to pronounce them, then eve…

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Jan. 1, 2022

Chapter Five: The good, the bad and the false of bilingualism

In this episode, Héctor and Elaine explore the myths, advantages, and potential disadvantages around being bilingual or multiling…

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Dec. 1, 2021

Chapter Four: On syntax and how children put words together4

It might not take long for your baby to go from speaking their first words to combining them, but the way they do so is more expl…

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Nov. 1, 2021

Chapter Three: Language milestones and first words

In their previous episode, Elaine and Hector discussed language during pregnancy. Now they look at how babies understand and begi…

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Oct. 1, 2021

Chapter Two: Language during pregnancy

Elaine and Hector take questions from the listeners about second-language adoption and raising a child in a language that is not …

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Sept. 1, 2021

Chapter One: The Language Café

Meet Elaine. She was born in the Dominican Republic, speaks German, but wanted to practise Spanish. On a trip to Mexico in 2015, …

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July 7, 2021

Introducing Petit Sounds, the multilingual parenting podcast

Hallo, Hola, Hello! Welcome to Petit Sounds, a podcast about multilingual parenting, with your hosts Elaine and Héctor. We create…

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