Trilingualism

Book Extracts

Language Strategies for Trilingual Families: Parents’ Perspectives

by Corey
Language Strategies for Trilingual Families: Parents' Perspectives

We are delighted to have the opportunity to share an excerpt from the wonderful new book Language Strategies for Trilingual Families: Parents’ Perspectives by Andreas Braun and Tony Cline! This book is part of the fantastic Parents’ and Teachers’ Guides published by Multilingual Matters. We recommend that you browse the series for additional books of […]

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General Multilingualism

Still Trilingual at Sixteen (Almost Quadrilingual!)

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Still Trilingual at Sixteen (Almost Quadrilingual!)

  By Livia Dewaele Being trilingual from birth definitely has advantages, I thought, as I received my results (A*) for my French IGCSE, sat two years early. My entire class at Palmers Green High School (London) is in agreement – they have all at one point told me and the other native French speaker in […]

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General Multilingualism

Multilingual Children Can Learn Languages Effortlessly

by Corey
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As we have been hearing about for many years from renowned researchers, the benefits of bilingualism abound. Even as far back as the early days of Multilingual Living Magazine, we published one article after another showing why multilingualism is the best way to go (we even discussed Prof. Bialystok’s research on Alzheimer’s patients long before […]

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Families

Still trilingual at ten: Livia’s multilingual journey

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By Jean-Marc Dewaele Originally published in Multilingual Living Magazine When I wrote my first article on my daughter Livia’s trilingualism in 2000, she was three years old, and she had managed to acquire active knowledge of English, Dutch and French, as well as a passive knowledge of Urdu. I described the relief I felt as […]

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Families

Trilingual Miracle: Interview with Belgian Linguist Jean-Marc Dewaele

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By Clo Originally published in Multilingual Living Magazine In my constant quest of knowledge to better understand the different and complex facets of multilingualism, I stumbled across a very informational paper by Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele, a Belgian Professor in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck College in London,UK. A bilingual from birth himself (French and […]

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Ask an Expert

Trilingual Child: Which Languages Should We Choose?

by Corey
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Dear Madalena, I am a Dane. I can speak 6 languages and I currently live in China with my Chinese wife (we speak English at home). We are pregnant and I am so confused regarding how to go about this bilingual issue. We are planning to stay in China for at least 6-7 years more […]

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Can Multilingualism Cause Behavior Problems?

by Madalena
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Dear Madalena, We are bringing up a trilingual little boy of 2.5 years old. I am Greek, my husband is English and our son attends a Norwegian nursery (we have been living in Norway for the past 2 years). Our son has been separating his languages well for a few months now and hardly brings […]

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Trilingual Child with ADHD – Doctor Says to Switch to Fewer Languages

by Corey
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Dear Madalena, My husband (German) and I (Singaporean) have two children, aged 5 and 7.  He speaks German to them, I speak Chinese (even though English is my L1 and Chinese my second language).  Between us, my husband and I speak English.  I am fluent in German.  Our children were born in Germany and we […]

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Jabberlingual

The Diga-Diga Syndrome. Or: Confessions of a Worrisome Trilingual Parent

by Alice
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By Alice Lapuerta Originally appeared in April 2006 on the Bilingual/Bicultural Family Network. Photo Credit: gazzaPax As if parenthood doesn’t give us enough to worry about as it is, with bilingual children we worry just a tad bit more. One particular pet-worry is our children’s speech development. Counting and analyzing our children’s words as they […]

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Jabberlingual

The Torn Bilingual Soul?

by Alice
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By Alice Lapuerta Let’s talk about “Bilingual Identity.” The split bilingual soul. The fragmented personality, the eternal half, the uprooted Third Culture Kid eternally searching for home. It is interesting that whenever I read something on the “Bilingual identity,” I do so with complete detachment. It takes a while for it to sink in: they […]

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Jabberlingual

The Little Magical Computer Will Make My Kids Bilingual

by Alice
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By Alice Lapuerta I have decided that my kids are going to be fluent Spanish speakers after all. My kids are going to be balanced trilinguals! Hooray! We’ve been saved… …by a toy.

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Jabberlingual

Kazakhstan! How My Multilingual Child Learned to Write

by Alice
Kazakhstan (the German spelling) written by Dominik

By Alice Lapuerta Yesterday Dominik’s Kindergarten teacher had a bit of a crisis. She approached me, her face serious. “You know what your son did today?” Uh-oh. He probably threw a tantrum. He refused to share the Thomas train with another kid. He peed in his pants. He threw the puzzles out of the window. […]

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