Multiculturalism

General Multilingualism

Why Children of Immigrants Need to Learn Heritage Language(s)

by Corey
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Growing up as the child of immigrants: parents struggle to assimilate into their new home, their children long to know where they belong. How does language come into play? Where does culture fit in? Why do so many immigrant parents choose to speak the community language with their children rather than sticking with their native […]

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General Multilingualism

Blending the Multicultural Family: Is There a Recipe?

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By Natalie DeFee Mendik Photo credit: Muffet The World is My Oyster At just twenty-four, I blithely packed my bags and moved half-way around the world from the U.S. to Switzerland to marry someone I’d known less than a year. Taking with me only what I could fit into airline luggage, I set off to […]

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Families

Why Don’t My Bilingual Children Care? Blame the Daycare Lady!

by Corey
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By Corey Heller Over and over again I hear parents of multilingual children around the world sigh in frustration when they talk about their efforts. Day in and day out, week after week, year after year we do what we can to raise our children multilingually and multiculturally but it feels like we are having […]

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Expert Advice

Ask François Grosjean: How Can I Help My Bilingual Children Become Bicultural?

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

Following the East Wind: An International Marriage, Part Two

by Corey
Waltraud and Leo's marriage ceremony.

In Austria during the post-war reconstruction years, when foreigners were few and bicultural couples rare, a young Austrian girl and a Korean student met and fell in love. They were determined to overcome all obstacles in order to build a life together. This is their story. (Read Part One of this heart-warming story first.)  Waltraud […]

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