The Time Tracker™ is a tool developed by The Alma Collective to make your efforts in raising multilingual children tangible. There’s no need to open an account or give us your name. This is an invitation to play, explore, and improve. We only ask for your feedback.

How does The Time Tracker™ work?

The Time Tracker™ calculates your child’s weekly average exposure to your language based on one day of your life.

Within seconds you will have an idea about the impact of your efforts. Of course it is not all about quantity, and results will vary greatly depending on how strict you are with yourself. But, if you want to improve, you need to start measuring - and this is precisely what The Time Tracker™ does.

We invite to run through it multiple times and observe: how much difference does your weekend really make? Are your holidays truly that significant to your languages’ balances? And how does your language compare to your child’s other languages? Find out this and much more by playing with our Time Tracker™

Your 1% Challenge

No matter the outcome, we challenge you to try for 1% more of exposure.

 

Good news for the single digits among you! If your child’s exposure levels to your language are low you will find it relatively easy to boost them, where as if they are high this may not be so easy, so there is something for everyone to work on.

Unfortunately, there is no magic number to predict a particular outcome. However, if you expect your child to reach a similar level in their languages, we believe you should at least provide equal opportunities to those languages. And we are here to help you on this journey.

How to play with The Time Tracker™?

There are 24 hours in a day and you have 24 blocks. Think about yesterday. When was your child exposed to your language? Click on every block this applies to. When you finish, hit “calculate” to see your result. Ready? Go!

 

Try to answer intuitively. Nobody will judge you. This result is for your eyes only (unless you want to share it with your partner, which may spark a conversations and ideally lead to greater balance)

Results will vary greatly depending on how strict you are with yourself: Do you count language-exclusive times? Then your numbers will be lower than if you include times at which other languages are spoken around your child too. Feel free to calculate both and have a look at their range.

Compare your child’s other languages’ exposure levels and find out how much more or less they hear of each. This difference might provide a crucial insight to your family’s life.

You could also take a look at the difference between weekday and weekend exposure levels and see how much impact one can have over the other, or check holidays versus home time too. If you want to discuss this in more depth, drop us a line anytime.

Our Next Steps

Would you like to see The Time Tracker™ turn into a full blown app? Share your feedback and join our mailing list to be the first to hear of its release.