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Why Raising a Bilingual Child Is Very, Very Simple – and Very, Very Difficult

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By Adam Beck Photo credit: Bill Selak On one hand, raising a bilingual child is very, very simple: given sufficient exposure to two languages, and a genuine need to use both, the growing child will become bilingual quite naturally. In my work as a longtime teacher of bilingual children, having watched hundreds of children become […]

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Book Extracts

Extracts from Bilingual: Life and Reality – Chapter 17

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It is our great honor at Multilingual Living to publish this series of extracts from Professor François Grosjean’s new book Bilingual: Life and Reality, which has been nominated for the Edward Sapir Book Prize 2010. Prof. Grosjean knows intimately what he writes about: not only is he “one of the grand old men of research […]

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Getting Started

Bilingual Children with One Hour of Language a Day – Part Two

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: John Millard As I outline in the first article, Bilingual Children with One Hour of Language a Day – Part One, language learning isn’t really so very different from financial investing: We start off with some basic words and inspiration (initial investment), then each day we add a little more […]

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Getting Started

Bilingual Children with One Hour of Language a Day – Part One

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: John Millard Have you heard of compound interest?  The worldwide financial crises aside, experts say that compound interest can make us millionaires by the time we retire if we take advantage of it correctly. It goes without saying that it is completely dependent upon how much money we invest initially, […]

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Ask an Expert

How Should We Communicate With Our Baby to Ensure She Will Become Bilingual?

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My wife Erika and I just had our first baby girl, and we are very excited! Erika is from Peru, and speaks fluent Spanish and speaks decent to fairly good English (depending on the situation) and is taking reading and writing classes to improve her skills. I am a native English speaker and I also […]

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Expert Advice

Ask François Grosjean: Is It OK for Parents to Raise Bilingual Children in a Non-Native Language?

by Corey
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While Prof. Emeritus François Grosjean was working on his wonderful book Bilingual: Life and Reality, he asked me to send him a list of questions that I felt weighed the heaviest on the minds of parents raising multilingual children. It is my honor to present both my questions and Prof. Grosjean’s answers here at Multilingual […]

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Activities

Language Activity: Time For Car ABC’s

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This fun activity was sent in to us by Christiane.  As many of us find ourselves driving here and there in the car, it is a great time to enhance our children’s language exposure and skills!  Try the following activity and let us know how it goes!

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Expert Advice

Ask François Grosjean: What is the best method for helping children become bilingual?

by Corey
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While Prof. Emeritus François Grosjean was working on his wonderful book Bilingual: Life and Reality, he asked me to send him a list of questions that I felt weighed the heaviest on the minds of parents raising multilingual children.  It is my honor to present both my questions and Prof. Grosjean’s answers here at Multilingual […]

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Expert Advice

Who Says You Can’t Raise Your Children Bilingually?

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By Corey Heller You can raise your children bilingually. Let me repeat… You can raise your children bilingually. I know this comes as a surprise to many people, especially those who feel they couldn’t master another language if their life depended upon it, let alone share the language with their children.  But not only can […]

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Expert Advice

Top 10 Reasons Your Children Aren’t Speaking Your Language

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By Corey Heller Wondering why your children are not speaking your language?  It is hard to say why one child will gladly speak a second (and third and fourth) language while another will resist it.  Below are the top 10 most likely reasons why they are not.  Do some of these resonate with your multilingual […]

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Families

Are Saturday Language Schools Really Beneficial?

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By Corey Heller Today is Saturday. And what do we do on Saturday mornings? We rush out the door to go to school, German Language School.  Regardless of how early I get up and start getting the kids ready, we are almost always late!  Unbelievable! “Kids, please, please, please hurry up and eat your breakfast!” […]

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Expert Advice

Will My Bilingual Child Lose a Language?

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It is often the case that the strengths of a person’s two languages tend to vary across time.  As there is more or less exposure to one language, as different people such as brothers and sisters enter the family situation, as schooling starts and peer-group relationships grow, so does the language dominance and preference of […]

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