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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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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter T

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T is for… Time! When it comes to raising children multilingually, there are actually very few absolute rules for how to go about it. However, there is one element that is key: time! Unless your children are exposed to the language(s) a lot, they are not going to have a chance to become multilingual. Time […]

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General Multilingualism

QUIZ: What Type of Multilingual Parent Are You?

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By Alice Lapuerta Originally published in Multilingual Living Magazine What type of multilingual parent do you think you are? Take our quiz and find out. Make sure to answer honestly! You might be surprised at the results. Not happy with the results? Don’t take them too seriously! This quiz is just for fun. However, it […]

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Families

Top 10 Things You Should NEVER Say to Your Bilingual Child

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Spirit-Fire We have all done it. We have said things to our children that we later regretted. Maybe we yelled at them. Maybe we threatened. Maybe we bribed. Yes, we may have even grovelled a little bit (or a lot). Being a parent means that we make mistakes, many mistakes. […]

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Ask an Expert

What Is the Best Language Approach for Bilingual Parents to Use with Their Children?

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Dear Madalena, My husband and I both speak English but I am bilingual and speak German as well.  I would like to teach my son German, he is 19 months old.  What is the best way for me to do this?  I have been thinking of speaking German with him every morning and then English […]

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Families

The ABC’s of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter B

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B is for BELIEVE in yourself and your abilities! This is no time to start second guessing your strengths and focusing on your weaknesses. Come up with a plan and see how it goes. If you tell yourself that you can’t do it for any of a number of reasons, then you are setting a […]

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Families

The ABC’s of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter A

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A is for ASK Questions! Find reliable experts and supportive families and ask as many questions as you can. You need to be as prepared as possible so get into the habit of asking other bilingual and multilingual families what is and is not working for them.

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Getting Started

Bilingual Children with One Hour of Language a Day – Part Two

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: John Millard As I outline in the first article, Bilingual Children with One Hour of Language a Day – Part One, language learning isn’t really so very different from financial investing: We start off with some basic words and inspiration (initial investment), then each day we add a little more […]

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Getting Started

Bilingual Children with One Hour of Language a Day – Part One

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: John Millard Have you heard of compound interest?  The worldwide financial crises aside, experts say that compound interest can make us millionaires by the time we retire if we take advantage of it correctly. It goes without saying that it is completely dependent upon how much money we invest initially, […]

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Monolingual Envy

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By Alice Lapuerta There are times when I wish we were just like the ordinary monolingual family next door. Let’s call them the Schmidts – The Schmidts just speak the majority language German all the time. They don’t wake up every morning wondering what language to speak. They don’t need to worry about whether OPOL […]

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Expert Advice

Parents Partnering With Teachers to Bring Up Multilingual Children

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By Karen Nemeth I work with preschools, Head Starts and child care programs all over the United States to help them be more effective in teaching young children who come from different language backgrounds. Everywhere I go, teachers ask me how they can work more effectively with parents to support their child’s education.  I believe […]

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Activities

Let Your Multilingual Child Finish Your Sentences!

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Multilingual Living reader, Ida, sent in the following tip for how she gets her bilingual child to use the minority language in a fun, innovative way.  Thank you Ida for taking the time to send in this wonderful tip!

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