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Be Bilingual Giveaway

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Be Bilingual Giveaway

Multilingual Living is delighted to announce that we are giving away a paperback copy of the fantastic book, Be Bilingual! We would like to thank the author, Annika Bourgogne, for making this possible! Check out the Be Bilingual website! As avid readers of Multilingual Living, you are well aware of the importance of keeping your […]

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Expert Advice

Why Raising a Bilingual Child Is Very, Very Simple – and Very, Very Difficult

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By Adam Beck Photo credit: Bill Selak On one hand, raising a bilingual child is very, very simple: given sufficient exposure to two languages, and a genuine need to use both, the growing child will become bilingual quite naturally. In my work as a longtime teacher of bilingual children, having watched hundreds of children become […]

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Ask Multilingual Living

Should I Stop Trying to Help?

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When is it ok for a parent use a non-native language with his or her child(ren)? Does it matter whether or not the non-native language parent is absolutely fluent? Or does every little bit count when it comes to helping our children become bilingual? Please share your wisdom with Nicholas who isn’t sure what he […]

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Families

Multilingual Family: Which Language Should I Teach My Child?

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Multilingual Child: Which Language Should We Choose?

By Jeffrey Nelson Photo credit: Jaymeekae @ istockphoto When looking at raising a bilingual child, one of the first questions, obviously, is which language to teach them. In some situations, like my own, the answer is fairly obvious because there are not a lot of options; or so it would appear. Our home language was […]

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Families

10 Reasons NOT to Raise Children Bilingually

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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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Ask Multilingual Living

Bilingual Family: My Husband’s Language Is Making Me Feel Isolated

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Eva from Canada sent the following message to Multilingual Living asking for advice. Being that many of us multilingual families can relate to Eva’s situation, we hope that you will take a moment to leave a comment for Eva to help her find a solution to her difficult feelings of isolation. Please be kind in […]

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Families

This Is Why I Am Raising My Child Bilingually

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This Is Why I Am Raising My Child Bilingually

By Jeffrey Nelson Photo Credit: Another Sergio My name is Jeffrey Nelson. I am an American, however three years ago I married my Mexican princess and we now live in the Midwestern United States. We met in Denver, CO almost four years ago and our son, Liam, is now almost one year old. This is […]

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Language Tips

Learning a Second Language with Dad – 10 Minutes at a Time

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Learning a Second Language with Dad - 10 Minutes at a Time

  By Franck & Cristina Photo credit: Stephen Cochran There are many dads who are hands-on in giving their children the gift of bilingualism. As one dad told us, “I have great memories of going to German school and learning German on top of English. I would like my daughter to have fond memories of […]

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Multilingual Musings

$5,500 for the World’s Best Language Learning

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Bilingual Families: $5,500 for the Best Language Learning in the World

We’ve made it! We have arrived in Germany! Let the German language and culture bath begin! After waiting in the Seattle airport for our flight…   And checking last minute email with free wi-fi in the Seattle airport…

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Families

Piffies on Rock Buns: Multilingual Parenting with a Yorkshire Twist

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By Suze Nowak Photo credit: jaaron “Come on Finje, get a twitch on. We have to leave now. I’m sitting here like Piffy on a rock bun!” Finje’s expression, when she eventually appeared at the top of the stairs, was questioning. I, no doubt due to a combination of advancing old age and last minute […]

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Expert Advice

Fun Ways to Keep Your Bilingual Children Bilingual

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Fun Ways to Keep Your Bilingual Children Bilingual

By Susanna Zaraysky Photo credit: BenedictFrancis Even if our children start off bilingual, it can be hard to keep this going as they grow up. In the video interview below, Aaron Myers, an expat from the US who has been raising two children in Istanbul for over four years, gives us tips and advice about […]

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Activities

Bilingual Storytime: What Is It? How Do I Do It? Will Anyone Come?

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By Rebecca Grossberg “La la la….une balle!” “You found my ball!” “Cette balle est à toi?” “Yes, I threw it from over there.” “Tu l’as lancée de là-bas?”  And so begins storytime at the Wazemmes branch of the Lille, France public library. (Above is an extract from Watch Me Throw the Ball! translated as  Chacun […]

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