Hi – welcome to Multilingual Parenting! My name is Rita Rosenback and I am the mother of two grown-up multilingual daughters, Minna and Daniela. I was born into a bilingual family in the tiny village of Dagsmark on the west coast of Finland, in one of the Swedish speaking areas of Finland. English and Swedish are my main languages at the moment, but I instantly switch to Finnish or German and with great delight to my Finland-Swedish dialect when the opportunity presents itself.
At the Åbo Akademi university in Turku, Finland, I studied German, Finnish, Swedish and Sociology. Some of my youth was spent at a university in Göttingen in the then West Germany – the main subjects being Life, German and some Spanish. Translator, interpreter, language teacher, university lecturer and team leader count amongst the different jobs I have had the fortune to add to my CV so far in life, and I am excited to add ‘writer’ to this list.
I now live in Derby, in the East Midlands area of England, having moved here in 1998. I am proud to say I feel strongly about both countries – I am always “going home” when travelling between Finland and England. Since 2012 I am happily married to Bob, without whose support I would not be anywhere close to fulfilling my dream of writing a book. My daughters are the inspiration for all that I do, and as far as my writing goes, without them there would be no book.