bilingual identity


Growing Up Bilingual: Adolescence and Fitting In

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By Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert Being bilingual and a teenager can be challenging, for both parents and children. Adolescence is a period of change, all about finding an identity and fitting in with a group of friends. How do teenagers juggle speaking two languages and belonging to two nationalities or cultures? We know a great deal about […]

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The Torn Bilingual Soul?

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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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The Language of Identity

by Corey
Corey, in the white and red dress, with friends at her fourth birthday party.

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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Little Fleeting Moments of Our Bicultural Identity

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By Irène Nam People commonly define culture by the customary beliefs, social forms, food and political inclinations of a country. So for a very long time, growing up in a bicultural environment did not mean anything more relevant to me than eating rice with a fork. What I realized though was how a Korean television […]

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