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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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Piffies on Rock Buns: Multilingual Parenting with a Yorkshire Twist

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By Suze Nowak Photo credit: jaaron “Come on Finje, get a twitch on. We have to leave now. I’m sitting here like Piffy on a rock bun!” Finje’s expression, when she eventually appeared at the top of the stairs, was questioning. I, no doubt due to a combination of advancing old age and last minute […]

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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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Bilingual Storytime: What Is It? How Do I Do It? Will Anyone Come?

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By Rebecca Grossberg “La la la….une balle!” “You found my ball!” “Cette balle est à toi?” “Yes, I threw it from over there.” “Tu l’as lancée de là-bas?”  And so begins storytime at the Wazemmes branch of the Lille, France public library. (Above is an extract from Watch Me Throw the Ball! translated as  Chacun […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter T

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Letter_T

T is for… Time! When it comes to raising children multilingually, there are actually very few absolute rules for how to go about it. However, there is one element that is key: time! Unless your children are exposed to the language(s) a lot, they are not going to have a chance to become multilingual. Time […]

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Vorsprung Durch Slapstick: A Multilingual Sense of Humor?

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Multilingual Humor: Vorsprung Durch Slapstick

By Suze Nowak Photo credit: Marc Kjerland “How do you make a duck sing soul? Put it in the microwave until its Bill Withers.” Mwahhahahah…snort…grunt. As I broke a rib over one of my all time favourites, I shot a glance over at its German recipient. Silence and a serious frown of confusion. And there […]

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Still trilingual at ten: Livia’s multilingual journey

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By Jean-Marc Dewaele Originally published in Multilingual Living Magazine When I wrote my first article on my daughter Livia’s trilingualism in 2000, she was three years old, and she had managed to acquire active knowledge of English, Dutch and French, as well as a passive knowledge of Urdu. I described the relief I felt as […]

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Motherhood & Language Learning: An Attempt to Reach the Lower Level of Babel

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Motherhood & Language Learning: An Attempt to Reach the Lower Level of Babel

Today’s Multilingual Living blog post is part of a “language learning moms blog carnival” inspired by Aaron Myers at The Everyday Language Learner. The posts in this carnival are written by moms, for moms and are intended to be a great resource of encouragement, advice, tips and ideas for language learning moms. If you’re a […]

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Trilingual Miracle: Interview with Belgian Linguist Jean-Marc Dewaele

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By Clo Originally published in Multilingual Living Magazine In my constant quest of knowledge to better understand the different and complex facets of multilingualism, I stumbled across a very informational paper by Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele, a Belgian Professor in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck College in London,UK. A bilingual from birth himself (French and […]

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Book Extracts

Bilingual Siblings: Different Language Histories

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Have you ever wondered to what degree siblings influence the language dynamic in a bilingual family? Does each child prefer the same language? How does each child influence the language preferences of the others? Surprisingly, sibling language use is an uncharted area when it comes to bilingualism research. To help fill this void, Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert […]

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Multilingual Family: Winter Language Learning

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Multilingual Family Wintertime

Multilingual Living has been a little quiet lately. If you have been wondering why, it is because we have been busy using a whole bunch of words that we rarely use in Seattle. Words that have to do with this: and this:

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