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Help! I Am Having Communication Frustrations With My Bilingual Children

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Help! I am a Hungarian married to a Canadian and have 2 girls: 8 and 4 years of age. I am having major communication frustrations with my children. My husband and I want our girls to learn Hungarian so I speak it to them all the time, (my husband speaks no Hungarian). When the girls […]

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Ask François Grosjean: Is It OK for Parents to Raise Bilingual Children in a Non-Native Language?

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While Prof. Emeritus François Grosjean was working on his wonderful book Bilingual: Life and Reality, he asked me to send him a list of questions that I felt weighed the heaviest on the minds of parents raising multilingual children. It is my honor to present both my questions and Prof. Grosjean’s answers here at Multilingual […]

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Families

Language Switching with Your Bilingual Child When It Counts

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By Corey Heller My middle son had a birthday party today and as usual we invited our varied mix of friends: German-speakers, Spanish-speakers, English-speakers, homeschoolers, traditionally-schooled, young, old, babies, dads, moms, sisters and brothers.  I was so very impressed with how well a group of people can come together and find common ground for conversation […]

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Multilingual Envy – It Happens To the Best of Us

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: istockphoto The kids and I are walking down the sidewalk when we see a bunch of people standing outside the library waiting for it to open.  Kids are jumping on rocks and meandering through small bushes, adults sit on the benches reading books and chatting in the sunshine. What a […]

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Multilingualism Without Words

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Today my children and I joined our homeschool group to watch two amazing live shows.  They were part of an international event in Seattle titled The Giant Magnet. The first show was a juggler from Québec Canada: Jamie Adkins in Circus Incognitus. Fabulous!  The second was the world-renowned group Black Violin. Amazing! These shows were […]

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Does Bilingualism Make Us Better Parents?

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It seems that when parents start families knowing that they will  be adding on the challenge of additional languages, they also start to pay more attention to other aspects of parenting. For example, when dad agrees to use his native language with his children, even though it’s different from the community language and the language […]

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Will Raising My Children Bilingually Cause Language Delay?

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One incorrect assumption is that bilingualism leads to language communication disorders (e.g. language delay).  Research does not attribute such disorders to bilingualism.  Rather, such beliefs derive from prejudice and ignorance of linguistic and cognitive research. The communicative differences of bilingual children must be distinguished from communicative disorders.  The failure to make this important distinction partly […]

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Language Switching Can Be Good!

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When both or all participants in a conversation understand both languages, switching has a purpose.  It’s almost as if a third language is introduced.  Code-switching may occur in large blocks of speech, between sentences or within sentences. Some authors have made a distinction between language mixing and code-switching.  Language mixing has been used to refer […]

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Interviews

Growing Up Bilingual: Interview with Sami Grover

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Sami Grover, the son of the founders of Multilingual Matters, a publishing house dedicated to multilingualism, grew up bilingually in Finnish and English.  He used to be the editor of the well-known “Bilingual Family Newsletter” and currently lives in the United States with his wife and daughter. We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview he […]

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