Wenjonggal is a 40something single mom to a four year old Big Boy adopted from China. She is also owned by a St Bernard: Xiao Chien. We all live with two cats in the Canadian province of Quebec. We are anglophone at home, speak French at daycare (garderie) and the street (and mom at work sometimes), and are learning Mandarin Chinese. This blog will be about preschoolers, parenting, learning chinese, multiracial families, adoption, raising a child to be trilingual, big dogs and whatever else is pertinent to Big Boys and Xiao (small) Chiens (dogs).

I hope you’ll join us.

Big Boy

Big Boy is four years old. His birthday is later in the school year so he won’t be starting preschool until fall 2010. He eats just about anything (he claims to like salad and raw tomatoes now he is a Big Boy), moves constantly anytime he is awake, and loves his mommy and his dog. He is into Dora, Bob the Builder, Mulan, trains, motorcycles, bicycles, water, snow, cooking, princess dressup, and books, especially library books. He rejects Chinese unless it makes him proud to know it! He is very outgoing, headstrong, and curious about almost everything. His favorite word, of course, is WHY???

Xiao Chien

Xiao Chien is a neutered female rough coat Saint Bernard dog. She’ll be three years old Feb 2010. Unlike many Saints she is rather excitable, especially when her people laugh, play, dance or run around, and prone to barking, especially if she has something in her mouth. She loves to pick up old Tim Hortons coffee cups, huge branches, empty water bottles or her leash and jump around growling and barking and carrying on. Xiao Chien especially likes playing rough with dogs and getting loved up by people. She is known to be overly friendly especially with visitors and the mail carrier.


Used to be a nightowl and quickly lapsing back into it despite parenthood, with “gets more work done at night” her main excuse. Used to travel and go out a lot but that is mostly limited now to visiting grandma and grandpa in BC and going to child friendly places. Subscribes to too many magazines, buys too many books, including books in Chinese, learning chinese and chinese reference, way too many to read. Chinese is her new addiction (besides coffee and cheese) since it is in no way an obligation. She uses learning Chinese as a way to procrastinate from all her other obligations. This blog is part of that. Enjoy.


11 responses to “About

  1. This is great. My little Katja is only 8 and a half months old. She is also being raised in 3 languages (Slovenian, Arabic and English…French will eventually make an appearance too).
    Looking forward to more posts 🙂

  2. Welcome Beti! That is great! Do you speak all of those yourself?

  3. You are amazing! But I knew it all along..:) I will enjoy!

  4. Enchantee! So nice to meet you. I will add this site to my blogroll and look forward to hearing more about your multilingual adventures.

  5. I just found you! We are also raising a trilingual from birth ( Spanish, English, Mandarin) and we are monolingual parents far behind our child in language & music ( she plays piano & violin).

    We have been on an open ended world tour since 2006 ( when she was 5) so it has been quite the journey in more ways than one. 😉

  6. Hello, Wenjonggal:

    I am a Chinese mother living in the US and wants to raise my daughter to speak English, Chinese and hopefully a third language (I hope). Bringing up a baby bilingual is not easy, even for me as a native speaker of Chinese. I admire your will, persistence and patience to raise a child in three languages!

    • @Best4Future: thanks so much, I appreciate your vote! And I do really think it is possible… well I know it is as I have friends whose 4 yr old children are (fluent!) in three languages: 1) the mother is anglophone, father and extended family Turkish, and they all live here in Francophone Quebec 2) mother is Chinese cantonese, father speaks Farsi, they all speak english and french here in Quebec (and they know some Mandarin)… Though I admit that these families do have a parent who speaks constantly, as well as extended family, in their native language. Visiting their countries of origin for several weeks or months even, every year for holidays makes a huge difference too.

      But yes, the three languages for us is going pretty well. My son is in francophone preschool now all day 5 days a week, so now he voluntarily speaks French. We’re progressing on English phonics etc. And we are starting pinyin in Mandarin, and trying to keep at least minimal exposure through books and dvds… I wouldn’t call him trilingual but he knows a lot more Chinese than almost any adopted child I know here.

      Best of luck! Most of all have fun, and surround your kid with songs, books, videos, games and real people interacting!

  7. @Wenjonggal: Thank you for encouragement! I agree that visiting the country of origin helps tremendously in improving children’s foreign language. I plan to take DD to China when she is a bit older, to visit her grandparents on my side and her Chinese cousin.

    Someday I wish I live in Canada, just because kids can go to French immersion school to learn French effortlessly. I am wondering why US school system doesn’t offer such wonderful program?! To learn French or Germany these European languages in mid-US is practically difficult…

  8. Hi Wenjonggal, I am a publisher for an educational children’s press and have a few bilingual books I would like to send you to review. Can I get your email address to discuss this further with you?

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