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The End of a Multilingual Living Era

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There are many websites supporting families raising bilingual children nowadays. Some support specific languages and cultures while others support parents in general with sections that focus on bilingualism.  However, when we first started ours at the end of 2002, there was nothing. You could find a page or two of information and a few listservs, […]

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How How Can I Encourage My Husband To Speak His Language with Our Bilingual Daughter?

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Before I ask my question I’d like to thank you for all of your good work. My question is how to convince my husband to speak to our daughter in “his” language. My daughter is going to be 3 years old in November. We speak English at home and I speak to my daughter in […]

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We Are Relocating. Can I Change to Another Language with My Bilingual Child?

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Dear Madalena We are a bilingual (Japanese-English) family living in Tokyo raising our three boys age 3 years old, and 4 months old twins. Our children were all born in Tokyo. We use OPOL at home and I speak to my children in English, but as my three year old attends Japanese daycare from 9:00 […]

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

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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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Week in Review

Multilingual Living’s Week in Review: Oct 24

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This is a review of the interesting articles, Tweets, Facebook posts and more which took place this week in and around our Multilingual Living universe. Thank you everyone for sharing your tips with me! Keep them coming!

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Which Language Method Should We Choose With Our Baby: OPOL or ML@H?

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Dear Madalena, I wonder if you could please help us. We are going to have a baby soon, I am Spanish, my partner is English and we live in Spain. At first we thought we would go for the “minority language at home” method, in our case, English. However, I don’t trust myself to speak […]

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If a Child Is Autistic, Should a Multilingual Family Switch to One Language?

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My husband and I live in Manchester, England and have a 2.5 year old daughter.  I’m Russian and my husband is Turkish, neither of us speak each other’s language fluently, so speak English together. When our daughter was born, I kept on talking to her in Russian, and my husband is talking to her in […]

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How Should We Communicate With Our Baby to Ensure She Will Become Bilingual?

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My wife Erika and I just had our first baby girl, and we are very excited! Erika is from Peru, and speaks fluent Spanish and speaks decent to fairly good English (depending on the situation) and is taking reading and writing classes to improve her skills. I am a native English speaker and I also […]

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We Are Mixing Languages All the Time! Are We Confusing Our Multilingual Child?

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I am Brazilian, my husband is American and we live in France with our 4 months old daughter. My husband and I are both fluent in French and English, and he understands Portuguese pretty well and is working on speaking it. I mostly speak Portuguese to our daughter, and he mostly speaks English.  Our family […]

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Can We Use the Other Spouse’s Language? Will Our Bilingual Child Forget English During Vacation?

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I am a Swede who moved with my Anglo Australian hubby to Australia where we have been for the last 2 years.We now have a 19 month old daughter that we are bringing up bilingually.  I mostly speak Swedish to her and my husband English but many times he helps out with repeating words she […]

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What Can I Do? My Bilingual Child Must Take Basic Language Classes!

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I am an English speaker living in Spain with my Spanish husband.  We are raising our son in OPOL (one-parent-one-language) and I am his only English influence.  My concern is when he starts school.  The Spanish government has begun a huge push to promote English as the current level is very low.  Most English teachers […]

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My Bilingual Children Only Answer Back in English & Speak German With Heavy American Accents

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I am raising my two children bilingually. I am originally from Germany so I only speak German with them. But my 7 year old always answers me in English and I am noticing that she is having more and more trouble speaking German. Also she has a very heavy American accent when she speaks German.

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