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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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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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

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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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