Non-Native

Non-Native

Raising Bilingual Children: The Non-Native Gone Astray?

by Corey
Raising Bilingual Children in Non-Native Language

By Corey Heller Photo credit: eamoncurry123 As many of you know, my husband is German and I am American. I met him in Galway, Ireland during an education abroad program in 1991, fell in love with him in 1992 and life hasn’t been the same since. (In a good way, that is!) After Ireland I […]

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General Multilingualism

My Husband Teaches Physics in a Non-Native Language – Because He Can

by Corey
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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Waifer X My husband was born in Germany and attended German public schools. He started learning English in 5th grade and continued all through school. His teachers often had German accents when they spoke English and it is possible they made mistakes from time to time, but he learned English […]

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Language Refresh 101

Don’t Rely on Your Native Speaker Partner Too Much for Second Language Learning!

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By Melissa Dedina Photo credit: Wonderlane Language classes are fantastic. I know I could never have learned my second language without a textbook and a teacher to go through it with me, because that’s just how my brain works. However, I did eventually get to the point where the classroom setting couldn’t teach me much […]

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Language Refresh 101

4 Attitudes to Cultivate in Your Second Language Learning

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By Melissa Dedina Photo credit: MrsMinifig Language classes are fantastic. I know I could never have learned my second language without a textbook and a teacher to go through it with me, because that’s just how my brain works. However, I did eventually get to the point where the classroom setting couldn’t teach me much […]

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Language Refresh 101

7 Tips to Supercharge Your Second Language

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By Melissa Dedina Photo credit: Christian Haugen Language classes are fantastic. I know I could never have learned my second language without a textbook and a teacher to go through it with me, because that’s just how my brain works. However, I did eventually get to the point where the classroom setting couldn’t teach me […]

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Language Refresh 101

12 Ways to Improve Your Second Language with Popular Culture

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By Melissa Dedina Photo credit: Ed Yourdon Language classes are fantastic.  I know I could never have learned my second language without a textbook and a teacher to go through it with me, because that’s just how my brain works. However, I did eventually get to the point where the classroom setting couldn’t teach me […]

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Language Refresh 101

7 Fun Ways to Improve Your Second Language With Real People

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By Melissa Dedina Photo credit: Yellow Sky Photography Language classes are fantastic.  I know I could never have learned my second language without a textbook and a teacher to go through it with me, because that’s just how my brain works. However, I did eventually get to the point where the classroom setting couldn’t teach […]

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Families

The Joy of Swearing in a Non-Native Language

by Corey
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By Corey Heller Photo Credit: Ben and Kaz Askins Today was not a day that I am proud of.  I yelled at my German husband in front of my multilingual kids.  And, as always, I regretted it later. My patient husband kept calm – which made me even more annoyed. Is that a German trait, […]

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Families

The Language of Identity

by Corey
Corey, in the white and red dress, with friends at her fourth birthday party.

Corey, in white and red dress, at her fourth birthday party By Corey Heller My mother once asked me how I could feel comfortable raising my children in a language other than my native language.  Being unprepared for this inquiry, my response was defensive. Instead of using my mother’s question as a spring-board for deeper […]

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Expert Advice

Ask François Grosjean: Is It OK for Parents to Raise Bilingual Children in a Non-Native Language?

by Corey
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While Prof. Emeritus François Grosjean was working on his wonderful book Bilingual: Life and Reality, he asked me to send him a list of questions that I felt weighed the heaviest on the minds of parents raising multilingual children. It is my honor to present both my questions and Prof. Grosjean’s answers here at Multilingual […]

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Multiculturalism

Returning Home After Living Abroad

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By Corey Heller This originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine. As many of us know and have experienced, living in another country changes you forever. You will never be the same and will never see things the same way again.  I mentioned this to a friend after having lived abroad for a year. She looked […]

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Expert Advice

Who Says You Can’t Raise Your Children Bilingually?

by Corey
Multilingual Children You Can Do It!

By Corey Heller You can raise your children bilingually. Let me repeat… You can raise your children bilingually. I know this comes as a surprise to many people, especially those who feel they couldn’t master another language if their life depended upon it, let alone share the language with their children.  But not only can […]

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