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Why Should Parents Talk to Their Children in Their Native Language?

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Why Should Parents Talk to Their Children in Their Native Language

By Ana Paula G. Mumy Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik As a speech-language pathologist and as a multilingual mother of bilingual children, I am finding myself shocked and confused at the number of parents I run into who have chosen not to speak their native language to their children for various reasons or who have been […]

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Losing Language: The Subtle Epidemic

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Losing Language: The Subtle Epidemic

By Ana Paula G. Mumy Photo credit: Vincepal Even though I’ve lived in the United States for 25 years, not speaking to my children in my native language (Portuguese), was never an option that even crossed my mind.  When I began this journey of simultaneous bilingualism with my children, I believed my determination that they […]

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Raising Bilingual Children: Will My Efforts Be in Vain?

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Raising Bilingual Children: Will My Efforts Be in Vain?

By Ana Paula Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP Photo Credit: christine (cbszeto) At about 30 weeks in my first pregnancy, I remember sitting at my laptop for hours listening to children’s songs and compiling lyrics for future reference.  It was a tedious exercise of play-stop-rewind-play-stop-rewind-play. What in the world was I doing?  I was relearning old childhood […]

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Raising Bilingual Children: Tips for When the Home Language Differs From the Community Language

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raising bilingual children: Tips for When the Home Language Differs from the Community Language

By Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP Photo credit: istockphoto Be Intentional Realize that everyday activities such as mealtimes, getting dressed, bath time, and playtime are all opportunities for talking, teaching, and providing quality language exposure. Be intentional about ongoing verbal interactions about things, routines and events in your child’s life. Arrange for varied opportunities […]

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Fun Ways to Keep Your Bilingual Children Bilingual

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Fun Ways to Keep Your Bilingual Children Bilingual

By Susanna Zaraysky Photo credit: BenedictFrancis Even if our children start off bilingual, it can be hard to keep this going as they grow up. In the video interview below, Aaron Myers, an expat from the US who has been raising two children in Istanbul for over four years, gives us tips and advice about […]

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