Growing Up Bilingual: Adolescence and Fitting In

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By Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert Being bilingual and a teenager can be challenging, for both parents and children. Adolescence is a period of change, all about finding an identity and fitting in with a group of friends. How do teenagers juggle speaking two languages and belonging to two nationalities or cultures? We know a great deal about […]

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Making Language Deals at the Dinner Table

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By Corey Heller Originally appeared at An American Between Worlds in April 2008 My husband and I often speak English with one another. Ok, I’ll admit it, we speak English with one another much of the time. It comes naturally to us.  It was the language we spoke when we met 16 years ago on […]

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The Torn Bilingual Soul?

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By Alice Lapuerta Let’s talk about “Bilingual Identity.” The split bilingual soul. The fragmented personality, the eternal half, the uprooted Third Culture Kid eternally searching for home. It is interesting that whenever I read something on the “Bilingual identity,” I do so with complete detachment. It takes a while for it to sink in: they […]

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The Language of Identity

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Corey, in the white and red dress, with friends at her fourth birthday party.

Corey, in white and red dress, at her fourth birthday party By Corey Heller My mother once asked me how I could feel comfortable raising my children in a language other than my native language.  Being unprepared for this inquiry, my response was defensive. Instead of using my mother’s question as a spring-board for deeper […]

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Jabberlingual: A Multilingual Life in a Monolingual Village

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By Alice Lapuerta We Jabberlinguals live in a decidedly monolingual, monocultural part of Upper-Austria: we live in The Village. The Village is a small town in the country-side, surrounded by lush forests, green meadows and yellow fields. In the distance you can see the snow-capped Alps. A picturesque place, where fox and rabbit tell each […]

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