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Piffies on Rock Buns: Multilingual Parenting with a Yorkshire Twist

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By Suze Nowak Photo credit: jaaron “Come on Finje, get a twitch on. We have to leave now. I’m sitting here like Piffy on a rock bun!” Finje’s expression, when she eventually appeared at the top of the stairs, was questioning. I, no doubt due to a combination of advancing old age and last minute […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter T

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T is for… Time! When it comes to raising children multilingually, there are actually very few absolute rules for how to go about it. However, there is one element that is key: time! Unless your children are exposed to the language(s) a lot, they are not going to have a chance to become multilingual. Time […]

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Multilingual Musings

Multilingual Road Trip! The Heartache of Saying Good-Bye

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: TDC Digital As I wrote in my previous Multilingual Road Trip! posts (The Answer to Living Multilingually and When Languages Collide) my family and I have been traveling from Seattle (our current home) to northern California (my childhood home). Along the way we have experienced the immense beauty of people and landscapes. We […]

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Multilingual Musings

Multilingual Road Trip! The Answer to Living Multilingually

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: TDC Digital I know, I know – things have been a little quite around here at Multilingual Living. Where are all of the fantastic and fabulous posts? Where are the new multilingual resources and tips? Have we fallen off the side of the earth? No way! However, I do have […]

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Families

The ABC’s of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter B

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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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The ABC’s of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter A

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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

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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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Monolingual Envy

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By Alice Lapuerta There are times when I wish we were just like the ordinary monolingual family next door. Let’s call them the Schmidts – The Schmidts just speak the majority language German all the time. They don’t wake up every morning wondering what language to speak. They don’t need to worry about whether OPOL […]

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Activities

Let Your Multilingual Child Finish Your Sentences!

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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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Expert Advice

Why Making Friends with the F-Word Is the Answer to Multilingual Parenting

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Been letting the “F” word take over again? It always seems to creep up when we least expect it, when we are feeling our best, feeling our strongest. Your kids tell you they don’t want to use your language anymore and wham, the “F” word raises its ugly head. Your neighbor tells you a story […]

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Hitting a Multilingual Parenting Roadblock

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Every once in a while, our multilingual parenting journey loses its luster.  It starts to feel heavy and exhausting rather than light and easy and we start to wonder why we are putting in all of this effort.  Is it really worth it?  We all hit these roadblocks at some point along the way. All […]

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