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Expert Advice

Should You Correct Your Bilingual Child’s Language Mistakes?

by Corey
Head to Head

By Corey Heller It’s late, I’m tired and I just want my little bilingual buggers to put on their PJ’s, brush their little teeth and get some Z’s.  I don’t want to mess around with begging and pleading and explaining why 10:00 is so very much later than 9:00 and that just because they don’t […]

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Activities

Language Activity: Time For Some Multilingual Spying!

by Corey
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Do you know about the game, “I Spy”? It is a great game to encourage your children to use your language (or at least to get your children listening to it)! You basically describe something that you can see from where you are standing or sitting. For example, “I spy with my little eye something […]

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The #1 Language Ingredient For Raising Multilingual Children

by Corey
Mother and son

As parents of multilingual children, we are often plagued by a myriad of concerns, especially when it comes to our multilingual children speaking.  We wonder if our children’s speech delay has anything to do with us raising them multilingually.  We worry about our multilingual children mixing their languages.  We fret when our children all of […]

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Expert Advice

Trilingualism? Just Do It!

by Alice
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 The author, Alice Lapuerta, with her husband and daughter By Alice Lapuerta This originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine. When we first embarked our multilingual adventure, my husband and I had a problem: we did not speak each other’s languages. Even though we communicated in English with each other, we decided to use our mother […]

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Expert Advice

Are You Fluent Enough to Raise Your Child In a Second Language?

by Corey
Mom and son

Raising a child in a non-native language is a hot topic these days.  What with the cost of language schools out of reach for most parents and a lack of native-speaking family members and friends nearby, raising our children in a non-native language has become a desirable option. The question on most parents’ minds, however, […]

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Expert Advice

Top 10 Reasons Your Children Aren’t Speaking Your Language

by Corey
Girls Whispering

By Corey Heller Wondering why your children are not speaking your language?  It is hard to say why one child will gladly speak a second (and third and fourth) language while another will resist it.  Below are the top 10 most likely reasons why they are not.  Do some of these resonate with your multilingual […]

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Expert Advice

Barack Obama: Please Raise Your Children Bilingually!

by Corey

Although we know that raising our children in more than one language is the right (and best!) thing we can do, it sure feels good to have a president who publicly encourages bilingualism! The following is from the 2008 campaign trail, even before Barack became president. Here is Barack Obama speaking Indonesian:

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Families

Are Saturday Language Schools Really Beneficial?

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By Corey Heller Today is Saturday. And what do we do on Saturday mornings? We rush out the door to go to school, German Language School.  Regardless of how early I get up and start getting the kids ready, we are almost always late!  Unbelievable! “Kids, please, please, please hurry up and eat your breakfast!” […]

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Multilingualism Without Words

by Corey
Mother and Baby Hands

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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Families

Non-Native Speakers Can Raise Multilingual Children!

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By Corey Heller Article first appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine. Emma is French and lives in France with her Russian husband and two children.  “My husband and I both speak Russian to our daughters even though it isn’t my native language,” she says.  “Sometimes I wonder if it is the right thing to do because […]

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Language Tips

Renew Your Resolve in Raising Your Multilingual Children!

by Corey

During our multilingual parenting journey there are times when we need some big doses of encouragement.  It could come from just feeling burnt out with parenting all together, let alone adding in multilingualism.  It could come when our children go off to school and magically stop speaking our language in a matter of days. Whatever […]

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Language Tips

Books, Books and More Books for Your Bilingual Child!

by Corey
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Repeat after me: Books, books and more books!  You can never have enough books for your bilingual child. Where should all of these books be?  In your home within easy grasp of your bilingual child. You’ll want to make sure to have as many books as possible in your language and you’ll want to read […]

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