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The Project

Taaltrotters is about different kinds of multilingualism. It spans over immigrant languages, minority languages, dialects, city varieties, modern foreign languages, new linguistic forms like slang and text messaging. It’s a colourful mixture of language, and a richness of forms of expression. What do languages have in common? How do they differ? And how do they influence each other?

Taaltrotters demonstrates that multilingualism is a positive thing.

Taaltrotters make children proud of their language abilities.

Taaltrotters also shows that we all use many different kinds of language, whether we are conscious of it or not.

What is multilingualism?
A person is defined as multilingual if he or she has learned two or more languages already at an early age. About 80 percent of the world’s population is multilingual in this sense. So monolingualism is the exception! Many different varieties are spoken in every country. Beside the national standard and all the immigrant languages, there are regional standards, city varieties and so-called genuine dialects. More and more children come in contact with foreign languages at an early age.

A wider definition of multilingualism concerns the ability to communicate in various different ways. We talk and listen, we read and write, we scream and whisper, we sign and make faces, according to what the situation demands. It’s all language!


The Taaltrotters CD-ROM
On the Taaltrotters CD-ROM you can watch the movie, play the interactive games, and sing along in the Taaltrotters song. In addition, the CD-ROM contains lessons you can do at home or in class. The lessons connect fragments from the movie with the tasks in the Taaltrotters passport.