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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

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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

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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?

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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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