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The Best Way to Raise a Multilingual Child?

by Corey
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Planning ahead for the arrival of our children is important in a multilingual marriage. Although things may just fall into place once our children arrive, it sure helps to have a language plan worked out with our spouse ahead of time! Frank and his fiancée are doing what they can to plan things out now […]

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Review

Learning German Is Fun for Children

by Corey
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Last year while I was looking for ways families could help their children learn new languages, 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 children a new language at home (homeschoolers, children who haven’t yet started school, after […]

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Review

Ultralingua Language Dictionary Apps – A Review

by Corey
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Before we headed off to Germany last month to visit my husband’s family, Ultralingua contacted me about their new language dictionaries for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. What perfect timing! We had just purchased an iPad for our trip to Germany and I was delighted to have the opportunity to use it with the Ultralingua […]

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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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Celebrations

Multilingual Multicultural Valentine’s Day: Laced Doilies, Scarlett O’Hara & a German Husband

by Corey
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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons When I was young, Valentine’s Day Eve was always the same: my mother and I would sit in front of the television watching Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) wail her heart-breaking laments while we snipped, glued and constructed Valentines for my classmates. Although almost every other student in my […]

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General Multilingualism

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

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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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Celebrations

How Santa Became Bilingual & Why Nikolaus Rules (Even Though He’s Monolingual)

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: angelocesare Mum on the Brink got me thinking with her post Marrying traditions- Santa Claus, Sinterklaas and Mikulás. She discusses the trials and tribulations of combining the myriad of Christmas beliefs for her multicultural children. One traditional story says one thing while and another story stays something completely different. How […]

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Families

Our Summer Language Experiment

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By Christiane Küchler Williams Photo credit: jepoirrier This summer I tried something drastic in an attempt to expand my children’s secondary language use and exposure. Something they weren’t happy about at first and that even my – usually very supportive – husband found a bit extreme. Did it work and boost the kids’ language learning […]

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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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Language Refresh 101

Language REFRESH 101 – Week 14

by Corey
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We are almost at the end of Language REFRESH 101. Can you believe it? I have learned so much about what works for me in keeping German alive as well as a bunch of tips from Melissa Dedina’s posts (you can find all of them under the Language REFRESH 101 link). Week 14 Video In […]

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Language Refresh 101

Language REFRESH 101 – Week 12

by Corey
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Another two weeks of German language learning, one step at a time, one step at a time. I honestly do feel like I am getting somewhere – slowly but surely. This is the reality that I have to finally accept: to keep a language alive in a country where the language is not spoken is […]

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Language Refresh 101

Language REFRESH 101 – Week 10

by Corey
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These have been two great weeks of German language learning! Nothing in particular happened. I just felt like I got into a super-duper, rhythmic, consistent German language learning groove. I actually looked forward to reading my German language novel each night, I finally began to memorize some German articles that I was consistently saying incorrectly, […]

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