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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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Bilingual Children: Why You Really, Really, Really Should Start When They Are Young

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Christina Rutz There are thousands of reasons out there for why you should help children learn a language when they are young – very young. Some studies point to the brain benefits of children who are raised with more than one language. Other studies explain how children naturally lose the […]

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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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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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Immersion School: 4 Hurdles to Overcome Before Choosing One

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Immersion School: How to Choose

This is part two in a series of posts from Marcela Hede. Read her first post How to Have a Perfect Bilingual Immersion for Your Child without Losing Your Mind for background on the following Part 2 post. Phone calls, letters, emails, Skype sessions… You name it I did it, all to find the right […]

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Should I Stop Trying to Help?

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When is it ok for a parent use a non-native language with his or her child(ren)? Does it matter whether or not the non-native language parent is absolutely fluent? Or does every little bit count when it comes to helping our children become bilingual? Please share your wisdom with Nicholas who isn’t sure what he […]

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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 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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10 Reasons NOT to Raise Children Bilingually

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10 Reasons NOT to Raise Your Child Bilingually

By Corey Heller Photo Credit: Pixydust8605 There are hundreds, thousands, heck there may even be millions of reasons to raise a child bilingually. Those of us doing it know this intimately! Our children will grow up with the ability to speak in at least two languages, have a connection with more than one culture, will […]

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Bilingual Family: My Husband’s Language Is Making Me Feel Isolated

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Eva from Canada sent the following message to Multilingual Living asking for advice. Being that many of us multilingual families can relate to Eva’s situation, we hope that you will take a moment to leave a comment for Eva to help her find a solution to her difficult feelings of isolation. Please be kind in […]

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This Is Why I Am Raising My Child Bilingually

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This Is Why I Am Raising My Child Bilingually

By Jeffrey Nelson Photo Credit: Another Sergio My name is Jeffrey Nelson. I am an American, however three years ago I married my Mexican princess and we now live in the Midwestern United States. We met in Denver, CO almost four years ago and our son, Liam, is now almost one year old. This is […]

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Do We Really Need to Move to China?

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Multilingual Family: Moving to China

By Franck & Cristina Photo Credit: Dustin Brice “Do we really need to move to China?” This was our 5-year old Pablo’s question two weeks before we said goodbye to New Jersey to move to Shanghai. How do you answer when your child asks you such a question, right after the last bedtime story? We […]

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