Trilingual = Indonesian, French, English

world trotters raising two multilingual kids

Santi D
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We moved to Sydney, Australia, on 30 December 2009.


We've been living in Munich, Germany, since 11 April 2008. German becomes part of our family language.


I'm Indonesian married to a French.

Both of us are adult Third Culture Kids(TCK). I grew up in Jakarta (Indonesia), Wassenaar (the Netherlands) and Damascus (Syria). My husband grew up in Strasbourg (France), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Ougadougou (Burkina Faso) and Djibouti City (Djibouti).

I speak Indonesian, English, Dutch, and basic French. He speaks French, English, Dutch and basic Indonesian.

I love cooking, reading, playing piano, jogging and blogging.

While in college, I was teaching piano for preschooler classes (Jakarta, 1994-95), English for high schoolers and adults (Jakarta, 1996-97), and working for a year with the Jakarta Tourism Office as a young ambassador of Jakarta (Indonesia and overseas, 1997-98). I worked in a law firm after I received my bachelor (Jakarta, 1998-2000) and in a bank after I got married (Amsterdam, 2001-04).

My husband and I met each other in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) when he was taking his Doctorate in Physics and me pursuing Master in Law. We got married in Jakarta, returned living and working in Amsterdam, and had our first child in Almere (a growing town near Amsterdam). We've been living in the United States since 2004 due to my husband's work. I chose to become a homemaker since our move to the US. Research on multilingual, multicultural and TCK subjects are my previously abandoned interests that I'm working on. We are expecting our 2nd child in March 2007.

It becomes very natural for us to raise the kids trilingually. We've been using One-Parent-One Language System (OPOL) since the pregnancy of our eldest son. He's now 3 years old, and his development in 3 languages (Indonesian, French, English) is very promising.

This journal is about me trying to get the most of my husband and I own childhood experiences in raising our TCK, trilingual, multicultural children. Of course I also write other stuffs.

Febr 14, 2007