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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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International Women’s Day: Encourage Language Learning Around the World

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Happy International Women’s Day! No matter where you live in the world, today is the day to celebrate the women in your lives: Mothers, daughters, grandmothers and sisters who have changed the world and our individual lives with their words, deeds and love. What started as a political movement has evolved into a “global day […]

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International Mother Language Day 2012

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Photo credit: UNESCO International Mother Language Day We’ve come a long way from insisting that bilingualism and multilingualism are debilitating to children, but we haven’t yet gone far enough, have we? Myths, misconceptions and stereotypes about our children’s multilingualism still run rampant in this world of ours. Language is linked to so many different elements: […]

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Multilingual Multicultural Valentine’s Day: Laced Doilies, Scarlett O’Hara & a German Husband

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons When I was young, Valentine’s Day Eve was always the same: my mother and I would sit in front of the television watching Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) wail her heart-breaking laments while we snipped, glued and constructed Valentines for my classmates. Although almost every other student in my […]

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Top Ten 2012 New Year’s Resolutions for Multilingual Families

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Is your family’s multilingualism going along smoothly? Everyone chatting away in the minority languages? Fantastic! Stick with it in 2012! For the rest of us, here are some top 10 New Year’s Resolutions you’ll want to have for 2012. Let’s start the countdown…

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Global Traditions: What You Eat to Welcome in New Year Matters!

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In many cultures around the world, it is believed that what you eat as part of your New Year’s celebration will bring good luck or wealth or success or more! Below is a list of foods that have special meanings in different countries. Do you follow any of these traditions? Many believe that anything in […]

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Happy Holidays from Multilingual Living!

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Holidays at the Heller’s: Cookies/Kekse

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My husband baked these the other day. Do you recognize them? The ends were dipped in chocolate after this photo was taken. Can you identify the two important & “magical” ingredients? They are both hard to find in the United States! (I found a few packs of one of special ingredient at IKEA the other […]

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Did Coca-Cola Invent Santa Claus?

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What a jolly guy! Twinkling eyes, rosy cheeks, big round belly and a full shiny beard. From head to toe in red and white… wait, those are the Coca-Cola colors! Is our childhood icon nothing more than a commercial creation, invented to sell sugar water? While living in Europe I was shocked to hear from […]

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How Santa Became Bilingual & Why Nikolaus Rules (Even Though He’s Monolingual)

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: angelocesare Mum on the Brink got me thinking with her post Marrying traditions- Santa Claus, Sinterklaas and Mikulás. She discusses the trials and tribulations of combining the myriad of Christmas beliefs for her multicultural children. One traditional story says one thing while and another story stays something completely different. How […]

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What Is Thanksgiving Really About?

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Happy Thanksgiving! As most of your know, today is a special day in the United States. As with so many holidays and traditions, it is hard to celebrate this day without acknowledging it’s ragged and painful origins: European immigrants, Native American genocide, homes built, homes lost, cultures intertwining, traditions destroyed. Life and death brought together […]

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American Independence and the World Cup

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By Corey Heller This post originally appeared on July 3rd, 2006 on the blog An American Between Worlds. That day is here again. The 4th of July has almost arrived and my husband is smiling and gritting his teeth. Red, white and blue is everywhere (food, flags, decorations). My mother is in 4th of July […]

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