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Biliteracy: Teaching Bilingual Children to Read and Write in More Than One Alphabet

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Henry Scott As you have already read in Bilingual Homeschooling: Reading and Writing in More Than one Language and Biliteracy: Reading and Writing Starts with the Words Around Us, helping our children to learn to read and write in more than one language is 1 part teaching and 9 parts […]

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Language Refresh 101

Don’t Rely on Your Native Speaker Partner Too Much for Second Language Learning!

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By Melissa Dedina Photo credit: Wonderlane Language classes are fantastic. I know I could never have learned my second language without a textbook and a teacher to go through it with me, because that’s just how my brain works. However, I did eventually get to the point where the classroom setting couldn’t teach me much […]

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How Do Parents Help Bilingual Children Learn to Read and Write in Both Languages?

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How do parents help their bilingual children build not only oral fluency but also writing and reading fluency in both languages? — Abe

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I Am Multilingual. What Is the Best Way to Go About Speaking Two Languages With My Child?

by Corey
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I am a Capeverdian-Italian living in Holland with a Dutch husband and our 10 month-old son, Alexander. I have lived in different countries, speak 6 languages fluently and feel emotionally and culturally attached to 4 of them. During my pregnancy, I had a hard time deciding which language to speak to our child, but finally […]

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Expert Advice

Swearing and Naughty Words in Two Languages

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By Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert Becoming fluent in another language is only complete when you have mastered the swearwords. Formal or school classes simply don’t teach them. Knowing them is not enough, because getting them wrong can make you look immature. Swearing confidently in another language is a true skill only learnt from being immersed in the […]

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Teaching Very Young Multilingual Children How to Read and Write in Their Languages?

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We have a 2.5 year old daughter and speak Turkish at home.  Recently we moved to Cheyenne Wyoming.  I’m feeling concerned a bit about the future. What I have observed in my friends who grew up here is that their use of oral language is perfect, but writing is almost always a problem.

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Ask François Grosjean: Can I Change From One Language Or Method To Another?

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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Jabberlingual

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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Ask François Grosjean: Are My Bilingual Children Getting Enough Exposure?

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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Families

I Know Why You Are Really Raising Your Children Multilingually

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I know why you are raising your children multilingually. Really, I do! It’s actually fairly simple.  Yet, we like to fancy it up with statements like: “I am raising my children in more than one language because it is good for their brains.” Which is true. Or… “Multilingualism has so many benefits, I can’t even […]

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Does Bilingualism Cause Language Delay?

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One of the most consistent things I was warned about many years ago when my husband and I decided to both speak German with our swaddled babe in arms was language delay.  Everyone told me not to worry if my son didn’t start speaking until later, as bilingual children are known to start speaking later […]

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Help! Does He Have Language Delay, Autism or Neither?

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It can happen that our multilingual child is given a diagnosis which we fear is not taking into account the specifics of our linguistic landscape.  It may leave us feeling helpless and confused, to say the least.  We often are not sure whether we should get a second opinion or accept the diagnosis without question. […]

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