Multiculturalism

Celebrations

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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Expert Advice

Bilingualism, Immigration & Stress: Adapting to a New Country

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Bilingualism, Immigration and Stress: Adapting to a New Country

By Ingrid Weilguny Flag photo:  © Josh Obryan | Dreamstime Stock Photos Immigrating is one of the most stressful events you can experience yet it is something that millions of people do each year. How people adapt to this can affect many things, including your child’s language development. Truman, Sharar and Pompe published a study […]

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General Multilingualism

A Multilingual & Multicultural Education – Luxembourg Style

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By H.E. Rybol Photo credit: Claude Wians Whenever I tell people I grew up in Luxembourg, they look at me like a question mark. They have difficulties picturing… well, something. Fair enough, it’s a tiny country and not exactly an exotic destination known for its cozy climate. So, what is it like growing up in […]

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Multiculturalism

An Intercultural Love Story in a Bicultural Setting

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An Intercultural Love Story in a Bicultural Setting

Authors: Ruben Olague, María I. Castillo & Valentin Ekiaka Nzai. Texas A&M University-Kingsville Photo Credit: May Yee Ng Abstract This article discusses insights from a focus group exchange about intercultural partners’ challenges when dating a partner from another culturally and linguistic diverse background in a predominantly monolingual setting. A Ginsburg technique was used to collect […]

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Multiculturalism

Can You Ever Go Back?

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Living Abroad: Can You Ever Go Back?

Can we ever go back home? That is the question which Dinka Souzek considers in this wonderful essay about returning to our native country after having lived abroad. For those who have never lived in another country, it may seem like a strange question to ask. Yet, for those of us who have lived in […]

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Families

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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Multiculturalism

Multicultural Remedies for American Pill-Poppers?

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By Jennifer Planeta Photo credit: Muffet When I met my husband Artur, he was working at a time share resort in Assisi, Italy.  Tucked in the hills of Umbria, this resort was a destination for people from all over the world.  I spent many months there with Artur and had the opportunity to see the […]

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Families

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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Families

Multicolored (Multicultural) Butterfly

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Multilingual Living: Multicultural Butterfly

By Trisha Yonekura Photo Credit: Paul Wever Originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine “Come on, Bailey, let’s go,” I said waving good bye to his day care mates and the teachers. “Mommy, no English, please. My ears hurt,” came Bailey’s reply like a thousand needles right to my heart. I can understand how he feels. […]

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Celebrations

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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General Multilingualism

Don’t They Speak Spanish in Spain?

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By Alice Lapuerta Originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine. Opening a Can of Worms I always thought that in Spain, they speak Spanish. All of them. It was only after I met my friend and flat mate Maria that I learned that this is not the case. Maria is from Valencia and speaks Valencian. This […]

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Multiculturalism

How I (Unwittingly) Taught My Son to Hate the Chinese

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Snow Kisses Sky Fall, 2007 My son is 6 years old and we are talking about his upcoming birthday party. We discuss the foods that we’ll serve, how long the party will last, which games will be played, which kids will be in attendance and a myriad of other items. […]

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