Empowering families to use their strong relationship with each other to talk in foreign languages.
Hello, I’m Adelaide. Welcome to TalkBox.Mom–the place for families to start talking in a foreign language–not just learn–actually start using a foreign language together.
After helping hundreds of thousands of families to start talking in a couple languages, I decided to go all in: work with native speakers around the world to help families talk in any language they want. I am so excited you are here!
Our family is working on Spanish, German, ASL, and English right now, and we have SO MUCH FUN learning together. (It’s not tears and pain learning the common sense way.) As a family, we’ve lived in five countries and love Mexican food the most. We even spent a year and a half living in any country we wanted and learning the language there.
When I’m not working, I’m getting thrown up on, like I did right after I made the video above, riding my bike with my kids, and playing lego batman with my two boys and husband.
You might have noticed that we moms are the slowest group to learn a second language even if we are living in the country where that second language is being spoken. Our husbands and children learn much faster at work and in school, and even our former single selves learned faster than we do now. Although this doesn’t surprise us, it really should.
Moms are the greatest natural language teachers. We teach babies and toddlers all over the world to talk as we help, take care of, and play with them. And we are successful, too. Babies don’t just learn to speak—they learn to speak very well.
So why are the best language teachers in the world the slowest ones to learn a second language?
Before now, language classes and programs were set up for children to speak in school, for college students to meet university entrance exams, and for adults to speak in the workplace or as tourists. These classes and programs created a huge barrier for moms. Do you know many moms who can consistently carve time out of their days to attend a class or listen to a program to learn things they have little opportunity to use at home? Nope. I don’t either.
With TalkBox.Mom, moms can learn and teach a second language while taking care of and playing with their children, even when you’re on bathroom duty wiping bottoms. (We seriously have a wall chart in one of our monthly challenge boxes that goes above the toilet to help with all of that.) The results are astounding not just for the moms, but for the kids, too. The whole family is learning while they do things, embedding language into their minds as they attach meaning and communicate with each other.
It is our goal that mothers and fathers with their children will become the fastest group to start talking in a second or third or fourth language. Whatever our hearts desire.