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Teaching My Children to Read in Two Languages

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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 […]

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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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General Multilingualism

9 Online Resources to Help Support Multilingualism for You and Your Child

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By Ingrid Weilguny Photo credit: Alex Dixon Looking for ways to support your or your children’s multilingualism? Or maybe you have been searching for resources and support to keep yourself and your children motivated and inspired? Before you do anything else, make sure to check out what is available online. Whether you are looking for […]

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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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5 Great Bilingual Books of 2013: Get Exploring Languages!

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  By Jeffrey Nelson Photo Credit: John Morgan For a fun way to teach your children about different cultures, expose them to books that will give them a greater appreciation for other nationalities. Children will be fascinated by other customs and traditions that children just like themselves experience. Below is a list of the top […]

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Celebrations

Merry Weihnachten: Mixing & Matching Cultures for Christmas

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By Ingrid Weilguny Photo credit: Til Westermeyer With Christmas around the corner, I’m starting to think of the most wonderful time of year here in Austria. Christmas markets, the smell of roasted chestnuts and honey almonds swirling around me, standing by a fire outdoors with a mug of mulled cider. Christmas cookies, gingerbread houses and […]

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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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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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Multilingual Family: Which Language Should I Teach My Child?

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Multilingual Child: Which Language Should We Choose?

By Jeffrey Nelson Photo credit: Jaymeekae @ istockphoto When looking at raising a bilingual child, one of the first questions, obviously, is which language to teach them. In some situations, like my own, the answer is fairly obvious because there are not a lot of options; or so it would appear. Our home language was […]

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How to Have a Perfect Bilingual Immersion for Your Child without Losing Your Mind

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Bilingual Child Immersion

Bilingual children & language immersion: Spend a month abroad to immerse your bilingual child in the non-community language. Read here how one family is doing it!

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Multiculturalism

An Intercultural Love Story in a Bicultural Setting

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An Intercultural Love Story in a Bicultural Setting

Authors: Ruben Olague, María I. Castillo & Valentin Ekiaka Nzai. Texas A&M University-Kingsville Photo Credit: May Yee Ng Abstract This article discusses insights from a focus group exchange about intercultural partners’ challenges when dating a partner from another culturally and linguistic diverse background in a predominantly monolingual setting. A Ginsburg technique was used to collect […]

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Multiculturalism

Can You Ever Go Back?

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Living Abroad: Can You Ever Go Back?

Can we ever go back home? That is the question which Dinka Souzek considers in this wonderful essay about returning to our native country after having lived abroad. For those who have never lived in another country, it may seem like a strange question to ask. Yet, for those of us who have lived in […]

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