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Struggling to Raise a Bilingual Child in a Non-Native Language

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Dear Madalena, Our language strategy has been that my Arabic husband I (American) try to use Arabic as much as possible with our daughter, which means my husband uses it all the time, and I use it maybe 40% of the time. Our biggest challenges are that I am not fluent in Arabic. I am […]

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Dual Language Schools: Can Children with Speech Issues Attend?

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Dear Madalena, I am a Dual Language Teacher at a school in El Paso, TX. We follow the 90/10 program at our District, which means that the instruction of the second language (in this case Spanish) starts at 90% in kindergarten and 1st grade and only 10% of English. Then as the students progress to […]

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What Is Wrong with My Children’s Accents?

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Dear Madalena, My daughters’ (age 5+) spoken language sounds like it has an accent. It is widely asked if they have an accent, especially when they are around strangers. I know they definitely sound different. Some say that they sound like cartoon characters, which upsets me. Others say they sound like foreign speaking kids. Their […]

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When Is the Best Time to Teach Bilingual Children to Write in Their Languages?

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Dear Madalena, I read so much about bilingualism, but it all focuses on the “oral” part. I have many questions about the written part: Is it better to learn one language in writing first and then the other? After how many years can you add the writing of the second/third language? Or can you do […]

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Are DVDs and a Native-Speaking Babysitter Enough Language Exposure?

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Dear Madalena, I am the mother of two beautiful children 3 years and 18 months. I am absolutely determined to raise them bilingually in English and Italian. Both of us parents are Italian and we live in Rome. I would say that both of our kids are already bilingual (with the help of my poor […]

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