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On Multicultural Marriages, Burnt Potatoes and Why Life Is Beautiful

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By Alice Lapuerta Photo credit: Aaron Alexander There are days when I just feel completely overwhelmed by over-boiling cooking pots, poopy underwear (yeah we are regressing again with potty training), colicky screams, endless piles of dirty laundry and annoying household machines that just keep breaking down in the most inconvenient moment (like our washing machine […]

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Jabberlingual

To Send My Child to a Bilingual School or Not? That Is the Question.

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By Alice Lapuerta Photo Credit: MIKI Yoshihito One would think that for a multicultural family the answer’s obvious: yes, of course you send your daughter to a bilingual school! How can you even pose this question! Nevertheless I hesitated. I pondered. I weighed my choices back and forth in my mind. You see, it’s not […]

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Jabberlingual

The Speckled Band: Or Learning English with Sherlock Holmes

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By Alice Lapuerta Originally appeared at the Bilingual/Bicultural Family Network in July 2006 Photo credit: Alterego “It was the band! The speckled band!!!” my mother read with dramatic intonation. My brothers and I huddled against her. I didn’t understand a word she said, but fidgeted around with excitement nevertheless. “Was ist das, ‘speckled band’?” we […]

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Jabberlingual

The Diga-Diga Syndrome. Or: Confessions of a Worrisome Trilingual Parent

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By Alice Lapuerta Originally appeared in April 2006 on the Bilingual/Bicultural Family Network. Photo Credit: gazzaPax As if parenthood doesn’t give us enough to worry about as it is, with bilingual children we worry just a tad bit more. One particular pet-worry is our children’s speech development. Counting and analyzing our children’s words as they […]

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Jabberlingual

The Torn Bilingual Soul?

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By Alice Lapuerta Let’s talk about “Bilingual Identity.” The split bilingual soul. The fragmented personality, the eternal half, the uprooted Third Culture Kid eternally searching for home. It is interesting that whenever I read something on the “Bilingual identity,” I do so with complete detachment. It takes a while for it to sink in: they […]

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