Teach Multilingual Children Read in Two Language

By Ana Paula G. Mumy
Photo Credit: David D

The thought of homeschooling bilingually was initially overwhelming to me.  I knew I wanted my children to read and write in both Portuguese and English, but I had no idea how I would accomplish that.  I feared I would confuse my kids or make the process of learning to read more difficult by presenting two “phonics” systems.

Most consonants are the same in the two languages, but the vowels and diphthongs differ in many ways, so I had no idea where to begin.  Should I present each language individually and sequentially or should I teach both systems simultaneously, beginning with the similarities?

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GIVEAWAY: 1-Year Dino Lingo Online Language Program Subscription

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THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED Want to give the gift of a new language to your children? Which language will you choose? We are delighted to offer you a fantastic giveaway this month… a chance to win a 1-Year Dino Lingo Online Subscription for your child in a language of your choice from Dino Lingo. Which […]

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Expert Advice

Why Should Parents Talk to Their Children in Their Native Language?

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Why Should Parents Talk to Their Children in Their Native Language

By Ana Paula G. Mumy Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik As a speech-language pathologist and as a multilingual mother of bilingual children, I am finding myself shocked and confused at the number of parents I run into who have chosen not to speak their native language to their children for various reasons or who have been […]

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Multiculturalism

Returning Home After Living Abroad

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By Corey Heller This originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine. As many of us know and have experienced, living in another country changes you forever. You will never be the same and will never see things the same way again.  I mentioned this to a friend after having lived abroad for a year. She looked […]

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Expert Advice

Top 10 Reasons Your Children Aren’t Speaking Your Language

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By Corey Heller Wondering why your children are not speaking your language?  It is hard to say why one child will gladly speak a second (and third and fourth) language while another will resist it.  Below are the top 10 most likely reasons why they are not.  Do some of these resonate with your multilingual […]

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Families

Bilingual Homeschooling: Teaching Children at Home (in More than One Language)

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By Corey Heller “Last year when my son started school, things really started to change,” reported a woman in my seminar on Raising Bilingual Children. “I can’t get him to say one word in Chinese anymore.  He even said that he hates it when I speak Chinese with him!” Another woman piped in saying “Now […]

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Families

Bilingual Children: Why Does Each Child Speak Less English?

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Bilingual Children: Why Does Each Child Speak Less

By Ingrid Weilguny Photo credit: Jason Bolonski I remember before my children were born that we planned how it would be. Bringing them up bilingually, that is. We agreed on the one parent-one language approach. We decided that English would be the main influence within the house as outside the door they only heard German. […]

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Expert Advice

Bilingual Children: Why You Really, Really, Really Should Start When They Are Young

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Christina Rutz There are thousands of reasons out there for why you should help children learn a language when they are young – very young. Some studies point to the brain benefits of children who are raised with more than one language. Other studies explain how children naturally lose the […]

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Why Raising a Bilingual Child Is Very, Very Simple – and Very, Very Difficult

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By Adam Beck Photo credit: Bill Selak On one hand, raising a bilingual child is very, very simple: given sufficient exposure to two languages, and a genuine need to use both, the growing child will become bilingual quite naturally. In my work as a longtime teacher of bilingual children, having watched hundreds of children become […]

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Families

How Our Imperfect Spanish Immersion Experience Turned Out to Be Enlightening

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This is part three in a series of posts from Marcela Hede. Start by reading her first post How to Have a Perfect Bilingual Immersion for Your Child without Losing Your Mind and her second post Immersion School: 4 Hurdles to Overcome Before Choosing One before this third and final post. By Marcela Hede Photos […]

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Expert Advice

Bilingualism, Immigration & Stress: Adapting to a New Country

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Bilingualism, Immigration and Stress: Adapting to a New Country

By Ingrid Weilguny Flag photo:  © Josh Obryan | Dreamstime Stock Photos Immigrating is one of the most stressful events you can experience yet it is something that millions of people do each year. How people adapt to this can affect many things, including your child’s language development. Truman, Sharar and Pompe published a study […]

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Ask Multilingual Living

Bilingual Toddler on a Minority Language Holiday

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This week we share a question from Lin who is about to embark on a holiday visit with her family. She is wondering whether or not it would be ok for her to switch to her child’s minority language during the visit in order to give her child a complete “minority-language-bath.” Should she go for […]

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Multilingual Musings

Multilingual Identity: Is Our Multilingualism a Costume, a Disguise?

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Scott Calleja Have you ever listen to This American Life with Ira Glass? I listen to the podcasts each week while making dinner and am always, always moved, inspired and touched by the stories of humanity – at its best, at its worst and everything in between. The stories remind me […]

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The Best Way to Raise a Multilingual Child?

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Planning ahead for the arrival of our children is important in a multilingual marriage. Although things may just fall into place once our children arrive, it sure helps to have a language plan worked out with our spouse ahead of time! Frank and his fiancée are doing what they can to plan things out now […]

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General Multilingualism

A Multilingual & Multicultural Education – Luxembourg Style

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By H.E. Rybol Photo credit: Claude Wians Whenever I tell people I grew up in Luxembourg, they look at me like a question mark. They have difficulties picturing… well, something. Fair enough, it’s a tiny country and not exactly an exotic destination known for its cozy climate. So, what is it like growing up in […]

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Review

French Books at Your Bilingual Children’s Fingertips: Les Petits Livres

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Bilingual Children: French Books

Every time we travel to Europe to visit family, we return home with our luggage filled with books, books, books. As every multilingual family knows: It is essential to have books at home in our languages for our children. It helps keep our children’s bilingualism alive but it is also expensive (let alone all of […]

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