multilingual families

Book Extracts

Language Strategies for Trilingual Families: Parents’ Perspectives

by Corey
Language Strategies for Trilingual Families: Parents' Perspectives

We are delighted to have the opportunity to share an excerpt from the wonderful new book Language Strategies for Trilingual Families: Parents’ Perspectives by Andreas Braun and Tony Cline! This book is part of the fantastic Parents’ and Teachers’ Guides published by Multilingual Matters. We recommend that you browse the series for additional books of […]

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giveaways and contests

Giveaway! Language Is Our Music: The Natural Way to Multilingualism

by Corey
Language Is Our Music: The Natural Way to Multilingualism

Multilingual Living is delighted to announce that we are giving away a copy of the fantastic book, Language is Our Music: The Natural Way to Multilingualism! We would like to thank the publishers for making this possible! To learn more about this book, check out a free chapter from it HERE! Raising multilingual children is […]

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Ask Multilingual Living

The Best Way to Raise a Multilingual Child?

by Corey
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Planning ahead for the arrival of our children is important in a multilingual marriage. Although things may just fall into place once our children arrive, it sure helps to have a language plan worked out with our spouse ahead of time! Frank and his fiancée are doing what they can to plan things out now […]

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Families

Top 10 Things You Should NEVER Say to Your Bilingual Child

by Corey
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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Spirit-Fire We have all done it. We have said things to our children that we later regretted. Maybe we yelled at them. Maybe we threatened. Maybe we bribed. Yes, we may have even grovelled a little bit (or a lot). Being a parent means that we make mistakes, many mistakes. […]

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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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Celebrations

Happy (Multilingual) Mother’s Day!

by Corey
"Happy Mother's Day, Mama!" Photo of my children taken by my sweet husband for Mother's Day.

May your Mother’s Day be filled with many languages, many cultures, great food, excellent conversation, fantastic fun and every kind of home-made comfort. No matter where you live in the world, may today and every day be a Multilingual Mother’s Day (with your children babbling away in your language(s), of course)!

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Families

The ABC’s of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter B

by Corey
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B is for BELIEVE in yourself and your abilities! This is no time to start second guessing your strengths and focusing on your weaknesses. Come up with a plan and see how it goes. If you tell yourself that you can’t do it for any of a number of reasons, then you are setting a […]

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Families

The ABC’s of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter A

by Corey
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A is for ASK Questions! Find reliable experts and supportive families and ask as many questions as you can. You need to be as prepared as possible so get into the habit of asking other bilingual and multilingual families what is and is not working for them.

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Getting Started

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

by Corey
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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

by Corey
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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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Activities

Let Your Multilingual Child Finish Your Sentences!

by Corey
Multilingual-Bilingual Children Language Activities

Multilingual Living reader, Ida, sent in the following tip for how she gets her bilingual child to use the minority language in a fun, innovative way.  Thank you Ida for taking the time to send in this wonderful tip!

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Families

Are You a “Real” Multilingual Family?

by Corey
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One of my favorite poets is David White, a wordcrafter extraordinaire. His writing has a gentle yet profound way of reminding us to stay true to who we are, even in the face of a world that prefers we fit neatly into a prescribed mold. Here are the first few lines from his poem titled […]

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