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5 Concerns About Children Becoming Bilingual Answered by Prof. Fred Genesee

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Families around the world are raising bilingual children and living linguistically rich lives. Yet childhood bilingualism continues to be poorly understood. Why so many misconceptions and what can we learn from today’s research? By Fred Genesee Photo credit: Parker Michael Knight From Multilingual Living Magazine Language acquisition is an everyday and yet magical feat of […]

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The Economic Value of Languages?

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By Jacomine Nortier Photo Credit: Ahmad Zamri “In my next article I will discuss the importance of maintaining the home language and why there is no harm in using a home language that is different from what the outside world is speaking.” These were my last words in July, before I left for a long […]

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12 Common Myths and Misconceptions about Bilingual Children

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We are delighted to share a fantastic, colorful, fully-formatted downloadable infographic titled 12 Common Myths and Misconceptions about Bilingual Children. The first page lists the myths and the second page gives you the factual information for each.

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Does Learning Languages Make Kids Smarter? Bialystok, Petitto and Gazzellone Share Their Thoughts

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Although we included this video in our May 1st Week in Review post, I wanted to create a separate post for it. Why? Because it is just that good! Watch it below to find out for yourself and then spread the word! What did you think of the video? Are you left with unanswered questions? […]

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Should I Change Language Strategies Due to Language Limits?

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I’ve become concerned with the strategy my wife and I have taken with our son. Here is some background: Our son is 21 months old. My wife and I live in Canada and speak English with one another, this is our primary language. Our cultural background is Greek. Both sets of parents speak Greek fluently.

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Is it Too Late to Switch to My Mother Tongue?

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I come from Serbia and my mother tongue is obviously Serbian. I married a German and we live in Dubai where English is widely used. I do have an intermediate knowledge of German as well and my husband mostly speaks German with me. We have a 2 and a half year old son with whom […]

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What Bilingualism Is NOT

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By Professor François Grosjean I have had the chance to live and work for extended periods of time in at least three countries, the United States, Switzerland and France, and as a researcher on bilingualism, it has allowed me to learn a lot about my topic of interest. I have found that people in these […]

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Extracts from Bilingual: Life and Reality – Introduction

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It is our great honor at Multilingual Living to publish this series of extracts from Professor François Grosjean’s new book Bilingual: Life and Reality, which has been nominated for the Edward Sapir Book Prize 2010.  Prof. Grosjean knows intimately what he writes about: not only is he “one of the grand old men of research […]

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Multilingualism & Disorders: How can I find a bilingual speech-language therapist where I live?

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Multilingualism is neither odd nor worrying: what is odd, and very worrying, are the views that persist about it. The topics in this Multilingualism & Disorders series aim at clarifying the misconceptions that associate multilingualism with disorders. Each topic offers a brief introduction to common questions, and includes one token reference, which either marks watershed […]

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Multilingualism & Disorders: My Speech-Language Therapist Wants Me to Switch to One Language

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Multilingualism is neither odd nor worrying: what is odd, and very worrying, are the views that persist about it. The topics in this Multilingualism & Disorders series aim at clarifying the misconceptions that associate multilingualism with disorders. Each topic offers a brief introduction to common questions, and includes one token reference, which either marks watershed […]

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Ask Harriet: My Spouse Doesn’t Speak My Language

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Dear Harriet, I am from Argentina and my husband is From the US. We have always spoken English together. Now we have a 6 month old baby, Maria, and I want to raise her bilingually. In theory my husband is in agreement but he doesn’t speak Spanish. I am worried if I speak only Spanish […]

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Multilingualism & Disorders: When Should We Ask Another Speech-Language Therapist for a Second Opinion?

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Multilingualism is neither odd nor worrying: what is odd, and very worrying, are the views that persist about it. The topics in this Multilingualism & Disorders series aim at clarifying the misconceptions that associate multilingualism with disorders. Each topic offers a brief introduction to common questions, and includes one token reference, which either marks watershed […]

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