We have always encouraged our children to learn multiple languages. I grew-up speaking English, Spanish and Japanese. This year, Andrew is learning mandarin, and doing such an amazing job. It is such a natural language for him - much more than German was for him last year. Yesterday, he came home and sang jingle bells for me in mandarin - proud mommy moment. It is going to be a multi-cultural holiday in my house with Tyler learning Italian, Ella learning German and Andrew learning mandarin.