French

Review

Give Your Child the Gift of the French Language!

by Corey
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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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General Multilingualism

Bilingual Families: Can You Have Too Many Dictionaries?

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Can You Have Too Many Dictonaries?

By Clare Jones Photo credit: Muffet I recently discovered the excellent site AJATT (All Japanese All the Time). No, I’m not learning Japanese but the blogger, khatzumoto, has much to say about language learning in general, and I’d really recommend you take a look. One thing he said was this: if you have to stand […]

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Activities

Bilingual Storytime: What Is It? How Do I Do It? Will Anyone Come?

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By Rebecca Grossberg “La la la….une balle!” “You found my ball!” “Cette balle est à toi?” “Yes, I threw it from over there.” “Tu l’as lancée de là-bas?”  And so begins storytime at the Wazemmes branch of the Lille, France public library. (Above is an extract from Watch Me Throw the Ball! translated as  Chacun […]

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Language Challenge 180

Flirting with the French (Language)

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Neil Conway I admit it, I’ve been flirting. A lot. And what started as a fun little fling turned into a full-blown affair. He’s suave, debonair and hot-blooded. His accent is fantastic, he’s always available and I feel great when I’m with him. (And yes, my German husband knows all […]

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Language Challenge 180

Maintain Your Language Even When You Don’t Live in a Country Where It Is Spoken

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By Andrew Photo credit: coureagextoxlive Maintaining our languages can be relatively easy to do (compared to learning them in the first place) but only if we have the time to do it. We have our day-to-day routine (work, errands, school, conversing with local friends, etc.) which takes up much of our time and which also […]

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French Activity

Family, Friends, and Français: Art and Drama

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By Sarah Dodson-Knight Photo credit: rick When you’re teaching a minority language to your children, you need to make it as interesting and as relevant to them as possible so that they see the language as useful and they really want to communicate in it. What better topic to focus on than friends and family! […]

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Activities

Learning French Around the Maison: Tactile and Kinesthetic

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By Sarah Dodson-Knight Photo Credit: Posh Living, LLC If you’re speaking French at home with your kids, like I do with my toddler Griffin, then you know that just about anything you do around the house is fair game for rendering in French, from playtime to mealtime to bath time to bedtime. But what about […]

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Activities

Learning French Around the Maison: Literacy Activities

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By Sarah Dodson-Knight Photo Credit: Posh Living, LLC If you’re speaking French at home with your kids, like I do with my toddler Griffin, then you know that just about anything you do around the house is fair game for rendering in French, from playtime to mealtime to bath time to bedtime. But what about […]

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Activities

Learning French Around the Maison: Art and Drama

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By Sarah Dodson-Knight Photo Credit: Posh Living, LLC If you’re speaking French at home with your kids, like I do with my toddler Griffin, then you know that just about anything you do around the house is fair game for rendering in French, from playtime to mealtime to bath time to bedtime. But what about […]

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Learning French Around the Maison: Music, Rhythm and Rhyme

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By Sarah Dodson-Knight Photo Credit: Posh Living, LLC If you’re speaking French at home with your kids, like I do with my toddler Griffin, then you know that just about anything you do around the house is fair game for rendering in French, from playtime to mealtime to bath time to bedtime. But what about […]

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Activities

Learning French Around the Maison: Introduction and Vocabulary

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By Sarah Dodson-Knight Photo Credit: Posh Living, LLC Over the summer, we took our French lessons outdoors: my son and I reveled in the warmth and sunshine while we played with earthworms and ladybugs, helped the seeds in our vegetable garden turn into salads and pasta dishes, and played games outside. Read about all of […]

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Will Teaching Our Multilingual Child Sign Language Help Or Hinder?

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Both my nephews learned baby sign language with their parents, and could sign simple things before they were one. They continued to use baby sign language even as they learned how to speak… it was in a way their “second language”. My sister-in-law sent me the DVD about baby sign language and recommended it to […]

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