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Jabberlingual

Kazakhstan! How My Multilingual Child Learned to Write

by Alice
Kazakhstan (the German spelling) written by Dominik

By Alice Lapuerta Yesterday Dominik’s Kindergarten teacher had a bit of a crisis. She approached me, her face serious. “You know what your son did today?” Uh-oh. He probably threw a tantrum. He refused to share the Thomas train with another kid. He peed in his pants. He threw the puzzles out of the window. […]

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Jabberlingual

Addled Brains, Twisted Tongues and Learning English with Dr. Seuss

by Alice
The author's son, Niki, with his Dr. Seuss book in hand

By Alice Lapuerta I am suffering from postpartum dementia. I forget half the things on my shopping list. I forgot my ATM pin number the other day. You know that feeling when you go into a room to get something only to stand there, wondering what was it that you wanted here, again? Happens to […]

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Expert Advice

Trilingualism? Just Do It!

by Alice
Alice with family

 The author, Alice Lapuerta, with her husband and daughter By Alice Lapuerta This originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine. When we first embarked our multilingual adventure, my husband and I had a problem: we did not speak each other’s languages. Even though we communicated in English with each other, we decided to use our mother […]

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Expert Advice

How Can We Become Trilingual?

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Three Flowers

We are bilingual, but want to be trilingual. How do we add another language? Assuming that moving abroad is out of question right now – you can try to enlist outside “help” with the third language, like acquiring a nanny, or sending your child to playgroups, kindergartens and schools that represents the third language. It […]

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

by Alice
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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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