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Activities

Making Up Stories to Music with Your Multilingual Children

by Corey
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Multilingual Living reader, Susie, sent in the following tip for how she shares her languages with her multilingual children (and how to get them to share it back!).  Thank you Susie for taking the time to send in this wonderful tip!

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Week in Review

Multilingual Living’s Week in Review – June 6

by Corey
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This is a review of the interesting articles, Twitters, Facebook posts and more which took place this week in and around our Multilingual Living universe.  Thank you everyone for sharing your tips with me!  Keep them coming!

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Interviews

Multilingual Lives Interview with Prof. Aneta Pavlenko

by Corey
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A delightful conversation between Prof. Aneta Pavelenko and me (Corey Heller) was the inspiration for this line of Multilingual Lives interviews which first appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine.  As these interviews show, the joy of multilingualism is that we are not tied down to one language and one culture.  We find identity and enjoyment from […]

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Expert Advice

Should You Correct Your Bilingual Child’s Language Mistakes?

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By Corey Heller It’s late, I’m tired and I just want my little bilingual buggers to put on their PJ’s, brush their little teeth and get some Z’s.  I don’t want to mess around with begging and pleading and explaining why 10:00 is so very much later than 9:00 and that just because they don’t […]

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Activities

Language Activity: Time For Some Multilingual Spying!

by Corey
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Do you know about the game, “I Spy”? It is a great game to encourage your children to use your language (or at least to get your children listening to it)! You basically describe something that you can see from where you are standing or sitting. For example, “I spy with my little eye something […]

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Expert Advice

The #1 Language Ingredient For Raising Multilingual Children

by Corey
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As parents of multilingual children, we are often plagued by a myriad of concerns, especially when it comes to our multilingual children speaking.  We wonder if our children’s speech delay has anything to do with us raising them multilingually.  We worry about our multilingual children mixing their languages.  We fret when our children all of […]

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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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Expert Advice

Multilingual Envy – It Happens To the Best of Us

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: istockphoto The kids and I are walking down the sidewalk when we see a bunch of people standing outside the library waiting for it to open.  Kids are jumping on rocks and meandering through small bushes, adults sit on the benches reading books and chatting in the sunshine. What a […]

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Expert Advice

The Benefits of Multilingualism

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By Michał B. Paradowski Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw Photo Credit: Anthony Kelley To have another language is to possess a second soul. — Charlemagne (742/7 – 814), King of the Franks Multilingualism is the natural potential available to every normal human being rather than an unusual exception: “Given the appropriate environment, two […]

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Expert Advice

The Benefits of Multilingualism – Full Article

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By Michał B. Paradowski Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw Photo Credit: Anthony Kelley To have another language is to possess a second soul. — Charlemagne (742/7 – 814), King of the Franks Multilingualism is the natural potential available to every normal human being rather than an unusual exception; it is only the environmental […]

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Families

Bilingual Homeschooling: Teaching Children at Home (in More than One Language)

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By Corey Heller “Last year when my son started school, things really started to change,” reported a woman in my seminar on Raising Bilingual Children. “I can’t get him to say one word in Chinese anymore.  He even said that he hates it when I speak Chinese with him!” Another woman piped in saying “Now […]

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Families

Non-Native Speakers Can Raise Multilingual Children!

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By Corey Heller Article first appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine. Emma is French and lives in France with her Russian husband and two children.  “My husband and I both speak Russian to our daughters even though it isn’t my native language,” she says.  “Sometimes I wonder if it is the right thing to do because […]

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