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Multilingual Family: Read This Before You Call the Speech-Language Therapist!

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Multilingual Children: Speech-Language Therapist

Multilingual Children: Before you call the speech-language therapist about your bilingual or multilingual child, prepare yourself with our tip sheet.

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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

10 Reasons NOT to Raise Children Bilingually

by Corey
10 Reasons NOT to Raise Your Child Bilingually

By Corey Heller Photo Credit: Pixydust8605 There are hundreds, thousands, heck there may even be millions of reasons to raise a child bilingually. Those of us doing it know this intimately! Our children will grow up with the ability to speak in at least two languages, have a connection with more than one culture, will […]

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Expert Advice

Language Learning: Climb Past the Saddle!

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By Aaron Myers Resting square in the center of Colorado sits Mount Princeton a 14,197 foot mountain that is part of the Collegiate Peaks range just outside of the quite mountain town of Buena Vista.  I spent four summers in the shadow of Mount Princeton as a whitewater rafting guide on the Arkansas River.  I […]

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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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Families

10 Things to AVOID Saying to Your International In-Laws This Holiday Season

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: istockphoto.com Are you in an international marriage? Are you going to be visiting your spouse’s family this holiday season? For many of us, this will be a wonderful time of sharing food, stories and laughter. For others it will be frustrating, uncomfortable and nervewracking. Whether you are looking forward to […]

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Expert Advice

5 Concerns About Children Becoming Bilingual Answered by Prof. Fred Genesee

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Families around the world are raising bilingual children and living linguistically rich lives. Yet childhood bilingualism continues to be poorly understood. Why so many misconceptions and what can we learn from today’s research? By Fred Genesee Photo credit: Parker Michael Knight From Multilingual Living Magazine Language acquisition is an everyday and yet magical feat of […]

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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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General Multilingualism

Why Our Top 10 Excuses NOT to Learn a Language Don’t Hold Water

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By Corey Heller Photo © 2011 J. Ronald Lee For those of you who read Top 10 Excuses We Like to Give for NOT Learning a Language, this post is my rebuttal for why those excuses don’t hold water. They are things we say to buy a little more time or to get people off […]

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General Multilingualism

Top 10 Excuses We Like to Give for NOT Learning a Language

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Mattastic! Excuses, procrastination, avoidance… we all know these: Not enough time. Too many distractions. Life is simply too hectic. Over the years I have uttered my own excuses for not working on my foreign language skills (and I still do!). I know that it is simply a matter of priorities […]

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How Can I Help an ELL Child Feel Comfortable with His Culture & Accent?

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Dear Madalena, I am tutoring a Nepalese Kindergarten student. He has been in the US for about one year; and he had some basic English knowledge before he came here. I was chosen as his tutor, because I am ESL myself (I don’t have much of an accent, but I can relate). He seems very […]

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Families

Why Don’t My Bilingual Children Care? Blame the Daycare Lady!

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By Corey Heller Over and over again I hear parents of multilingual children around the world sigh in frustration when they talk about their efforts. Day in and day out, week after week, year after year we do what we can to raise our children multilingually and multiculturally but it feels like we are having […]

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