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How Can We Help Our Adopted Child Become Bilingual?

by Madalena

Dear Madalena, We just recently brought home our 16 mo. old daughter from China.  We live in Germany.  My husband is German.  We have one daughter, who is bilingual in English and German.  We speak English at home but German outside the household. Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with the bilingualism […]

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Families

The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter M

by Corey

M is for… Masterminding! They say that children are like language sponges. But is this really true? Do children just sit in a room passively listening to what is around them and pick up everything without lifting a finger? No! Children learn languages as well as they do because they are engaged, involved, curious and […]

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Families

Children Reshaping Our Memories of Home

by Corey

By Corey Heller This originally appeared in 2008 at An American Between Worlds. I grew up in the foothills of northern California and have always had mixed feelings about the place. It is a small town and I grew up in a small house on two acres surrounded by oaks, manzanita, deer and quiet – […]

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Activities

Halloween & Día de los Muertos

by Maria

By Maria Hawkins Photo Credit: Loren Javier Aside from enjoying all the changes in the weather this time of year our family has a special fondness for celebrating Halloween and El Día de los Muertos. The kids start filling the house with decorations and preparing their costumes for Halloween. We stick to spooky more than […]

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Language Tips

9 Tips for Successful Language Learning

by Corey

By Corey Heller As we all know, studying a language is different from living a language.  There is a very directed and purposeful process that occurs when we study a language. This makes sense: as adults, we already understand how language works (grammar, declensions, parts of speech) so we now apply those rules to yet […]

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