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“An engaging travel narrative for both language lovers and general audiences.”
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“Christine Gilbert takes us, her husband, and her toddler to China, Beirut, and Mexico on a quest to connect with locals and master their languages… for as long as it takes. But her plans get hijacked by political and human events. Gilbert’s warmth and willpower are contagious, and I especially loved vicariously learning the challenges of Mandarin. Her journey moves us through determination, disappointments, and finally, into joy. Her talent is to make us care!”
—Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad
 
“Christine Gilbert’s intimate, honest narrative, rooted in science, illustrates the courage it takes to “be global” and raise global kids – complete with humor, humility and humanity. I thoroughly enjoyedMother Tongue and encourage anyone who’s considered living or traveling abroad with kids to read this book!”
—Homa S. Tavangar, author of Growing Up Global
 
“Read this book while packing your suitcase. You'll be inspired by Christine's stories of adventure in foreign lands, and you'll be encouraged by how close her family became as they traded risk for reward wherever they went.”
—Chris Guillebeau, NYT bestselling author of Born for This and The $100 Startup
 
"Inspiring...  Gilbert balances a young family and her career to take us on an enviable journey around the world while also providing illuminating research on language acquisition for the young and old alike." 
—Jen Lin-Liu, author of On the Noodle Road

About the Author

Christine Gilbert is a writer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker and is the creator of the popular blog Almostfearless.com. Gilbert’s site has been mentioned in the Los Angeles Times Web Buzz, the Travel Channel’s World Hum, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Brave New Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, and many more publications. Her writing and photography have been seen on Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, and BBC Travel.

Originally from the Boston area, Gilbert now lives in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband, Drew, and their children, Cole and Stella.

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  • File Size: 1391 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (May 17, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2016
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014EOUPLG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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