Multilingual Musings

Expert Advice

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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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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Multilingual Musings

Multilingual Identity: Is Our Multilingualism a Costume, a Disguise?

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Scott Calleja Have you ever listen to This American Life with Ira Glass? I listen to the podcasts each week while making dinner and am always, always moved, inspired and touched by the stories of humanity – at its best, at its worst and everything in between. The stories remind me […]

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Multilingual Musings

10 Reasons Why You Should NOT Marry a Foreigner (Like I Did)

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: John Valentine ii What with all of the wonderful reasons why marrying a foreigner is fantastic fun (see our post 10 Reasons Why You Should Marry a Foreigner), there are some definite downsides as well. International marriage isn’t always filled with rolling R’s, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate, blossoming roses and “until death […]

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Expert Advice

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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Multilingual Musings

$5,500 for the World’s Best Language Learning

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Bilingual Families: $5,500 for the Best Language Learning in the World

We’ve made it! We have arrived in Germany! Let the German language and culture bath begin! After waiting in the Seattle airport for our flight…   And checking last minute email with free wi-fi in the Seattle airport…

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General Multilingualism

Bilingual Families: Can You Have Too Many Dictionaries?

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Can You Have Too Many Dictonaries?

By Clare Jones Photo credit: Muffet I recently discovered the excellent site AJATT (All Japanese All the Time). No, I’m not learning Japanese but the blogger, khatzumoto, has much to say about language learning in general, and I’d really recommend you take a look. One thing he said was this: if you have to stand […]

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Flirting with the French (Language)

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Neil Conway I admit it, I’ve been flirting. A lot. And what started as a fun little fling turned into a full-blown affair. He’s suave, debonair and hot-blooded. His accent is fantastic, he’s always available and I feel great when I’m with him. (And yes, my German husband knows all […]

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General Multilingualism

Bilingualism Brings Out the Devil

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By Suze Nowak Photo credit: Laura Dye Over half the world’s population is either bilingual or multilingual so it shouldn’t really come as a shock when you meet someone who speaks more than one language. Although the UK is largely a fantastically multi-cultural and multi-lingual society, many people are nevertheless, surprised and often fascinated by […]

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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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Celebrations

Multilingual Multicultural Valentine’s Day: Laced Doilies, Scarlett O’Hara & a German Husband

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons When I was young, Valentine’s Day Eve was always the same: my mother and I would sit in front of the television watching Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) wail her heart-breaking laments while we snipped, glued and constructed Valentines for my classmates. Although almost every other student in my […]

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Multilingual Musings

The Eternal Traveler Syndrome

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The eternal traveler, Robert Sanchez, taking his baby daughter on a new adventure.

On June 11, 2010 Robert Sánchez published a post on his blog, Reven.org, about the experiences of “the eternal traveler” – someone, who once they have lived abroad, belongs neither here nor there but somewhere in between. In the past few weeks, Robert’s post has gone viral! Each day it is read by thousands of […]

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