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Who Says You Can’t Raise Your Children Bilingually?

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By Corey Heller You can raise your children bilingually. Let me repeat… You can raise your children bilingually. I know this comes as a surprise to many people, especially those who feel they couldn’t master another language if their life depended upon it, let alone share the language with their children.  But not only can […]

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

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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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The Benefits of Multilingualism

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By Michał B. Paradowski Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw Photo Credit: Anthony Kelley To have another language is to possess a second soul. — Charlemagne (742/7 – 814), King of the Franks Multilingualism is the natural potential available to every normal human being rather than an unusual exception: “Given the appropriate environment, two […]

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The Benefits of Multilingualism – Full Article

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By Michał B. Paradowski Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw Photo Credit: Anthony Kelley To have another language is to possess a second soul. — Charlemagne (742/7 – 814), King of the Franks Multilingualism is the natural potential available to every normal human being rather than an unusual exception; it is only the environmental […]

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Can We Teach Our Child a Third Language While Learning It Ourselves?

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Neither my spouse nor I speak the third language.  As we learn the language, can we teach our child a third language anyway so all of us become trilingual? It can’t harm to try!  But do a reality check with regards to your goals: If your aim is to achieve native-like fluency in all three […]

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Will My Trilingual Child Be Equally Fluent in All Three Languages?

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If we have three languages in our family, are my children going to be equally fluent in all languages and be able to speak them with native-like ability? Answer from Alice Lapuerta: The chances of acquiring equal, native-like fluency in all three languages is probably a bit unrealistic. As with bilingualism, language aptitude is subjected […]

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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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Will My Multilingual Child Develop Multiple Identities?

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The ability to be both bilingual and bicultural is often the true test of fluency.  A major concern for parents is whether their bilingual child will develop a double identity alongside intellectual capacities in two languages.  Pressure to conform culturally is subtle and can come from a country or from a parent… Living with two […]

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