General Multilingualism

Loan Words and Borrowing: A Kind of Code-Switching?

by Jacomine

By Jacomine Nortier Photo credit: Beatrice Murch A few weeks ago I wrote about code-switching. People who switch back and forth between languages are more or less aware of their behavior, or at least they know that they make use of two (or more languages). But did you ever realize that we use elements from […]

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General Multilingualism

Code-switching Is Much More than Careless Mixing: Multilinguals Know the Rules!

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By Jacomine Nortier Photo credit: Ed Yourdon The reactions a few weeks ago on the Multilingual Living Facebook page to the post Language Switching with Your Bilingual Child When It Counts show that multilinguals are familiar with code-switching (the use of more than one language in a conversation, or even within a sentence and sometimes […]

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An Apology For Being “Inconsistent”

by Alice

By Alice Lapuerta Originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine. One thing I’ve been confused about in our multilingualism-adventure is the “consistency” factor. It crops up everywhere: Bilingualism yes, but make sure you’re consistent. Choose a method and stick to it. But always be consistent! This worries me. For there seems to be an unspoken, unwritten […]

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Expert Advice

Final Comments From François Grosjean to Q&A Series

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These last eleven weeks we have benefited from the wisdom, knowledge and personal experiences of Prof. Emeritus François Grosjean, author of Bilingual: Life and Reality, in the eleven-part series: Ask François Grosjean.  (You can access all eleven Q&A at the bottom of this post as well as a link to Prof. Grosjean’s website page.) I […]

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