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English Language Program for Children

by Corey
Bilingual Children, Multilingual Children English Language Program

In 2012 I was looking for ways families could help their children learn new languages and I came across a company producing language learning products specifically for children in a multitude of different languages: Dino Lingo! For families looking to teach young children a new language at home (homeschoolers, children who haven’t yet started school, […]

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Families

Vorsprung Durch Slapstick: A Multilingual Sense of Humor?

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Multilingual Humor: Vorsprung Durch Slapstick

By Suze Nowak Photo credit: Marc Kjerland “How do you make a duck sing soul? Put it in the microwave until its Bill Withers.” Mwahhahahah…snort…grunt. As I broke a rib over one of my all time favourites, I shot a glance over at its German recipient. Silence and a serious frown of confusion. And there […]

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Families

Multicolored (Multicultural) Butterfly

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Multilingual Living: Multicultural Butterfly

By Trisha Yonekura Photo Credit: Paul Wever Originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine “Come on, Bailey, let’s go,” I said waving good bye to his day care mates and the teachers. “Mommy, no English, please. My ears hurt,” came Bailey’s reply like a thousand needles right to my heart. I can understand how he feels. […]

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General Multilingualism

My Husband Teaches Physics in a Non-Native Language – Because He Can

by Corey
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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Waifer X My husband was born in Germany and attended German public schools. He started learning English in 5th grade and continued all through school. His teachers often had German accents when they spoke English and it is possible they made mistakes from time to time, but he learned English […]

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General Multilingualism

Blending the Multicultural Family: Is There a Recipe?

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By Natalie DeFee Mendik Photo credit: Muffet The World is My Oyster At just twenty-four, I blithely packed my bags and moved half-way around the world from the U.S. to Switzerland to marry someone I’d known less than a year. Taking with me only what I could fit into airline luggage, I set off to […]

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

by Madalena
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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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Activities

Bilingual Families: Catch One Another in the Act!

by Corey
Multilingual-Bilingual Children Language Activities

Multilingual Living reader, Kymber, sent in the following language learning activity that she and her family do together!  She wrote this in response to Carla’s language activity: Play the Beeping Game with Your Bilingual Children. The key is to keep this fun – everyone should be able to catch the one another “in the act” […]

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Jabberlingual

To Send My Child to a Bilingual School or Not? That Is the Question.

by Alice
Classroom

By Alice Lapuerta Photo Credit: MIKI Yoshihito One would think that for a multicultural family the answer’s obvious: yes, of course you send your daughter to a bilingual school! How can you even pose this question! Nevertheless I hesitated. I pondered. I weighed my choices back and forth in my mind. You see, it’s not […]

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Jabberlingual

Things in the Attic: Of Cassette Tapes, Memories and Forgotten Languages

by Alice
The author

By Alice Lapuerta The things one finds when one rummages through the attic. An old shoe box with dusty cassette tapes, for instance.   The sweet voice of a little girl babbling away, telling stories, singing songs. That was me, when I was 5 years old. How surreal, listening to one’s childhood self. What totally […]

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Will Our Daughter Experience Language Delay When We Move to Another Country?

by Corey
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My family and I are moving to Santiago, Chile in November of this year. We will be down there for 2 to 4 years.  We are moving because my husband got a transfer opportunity within his company. He is pretty fluent in Spanish and his family is from Argentina. I know some basics but I […]

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Jabberlingual

Kazakhstan! How My Multilingual Child Learned to Write

by Alice
Kazakhstan (the German spelling) written by Dominik

By Alice Lapuerta Yesterday Dominik’s Kindergarten teacher had a bit of a crisis. She approached me, her face serious. “You know what your son did today?” Uh-oh. He probably threw a tantrum. He refused to share the Thomas train with another kid. He peed in his pants. He threw the puzzles out of the window. […]

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Jabberlingual

What to Do About Spanish. Otra vez!

by Alice
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By Alice Lapuerta What to do about that Other Language? The third one. The one that is definitely under-represented in our household, because the native speaker who is supposed to represent it, aka The Hubby, is not always here to speak it, on account of a very demanding full-time job that includes frequent business trips […]

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