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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

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Prof. Aneta Pavlenko (left) and Prof. Jean-Marc Dewaele (right)

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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Families

Language Switching with Your Bilingual Child When It Counts

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By Corey Heller My middle son had a birthday party today and as usual we invited our varied mix of friends: German-speakers, Spanish-speakers, English-speakers, homeschoolers, traditionally-schooled, young, old, babies, dads, moms, sisters and brothers.  I was so very impressed with how well a group of people can come together and find common ground for conversation […]

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Expert Advice

Are You Fluent Enough to Raise Your Child In a Second Language?

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Raising a child in a non-native language is a hot topic these days.  What with the cost of language schools out of reach for most parents and a lack of native-speaking family members and friends nearby, raising our children in a non-native language has become a desirable option. The question on most parents’ minds, however, […]

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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

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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The Benefits of Multilingualism - Raising Bilingual Children

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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Expert Advice

Is It OK to Speak a Non-Native Language to My Child?

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Is it OK to speak a language to my child that is not my native language? It is certainly possible and there are families who have established successful trilingual situations this way. The main thing is that you feel comfortable interacting in a language that is not your native one. What about songs, nursery rhymes, […]

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Does Bilingualism Make Us Better Parents?

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It seems that when parents start families knowing that they will  be adding on the challenge of additional languages, they also start to pay more attention to other aspects of parenting. For example, when dad agrees to use his native language with his children, even though it’s different from the community language and the language […]

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Families

The Multilingual Language of Love

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By Corey Heller “I love you Mama.  I love you , love you, love you.”  Three little words to warm a mother’s heart! It probably sounds strange but I’m not exactly sure where my daughter learned these words.  The chance that she learned them from me or her father is unlikely since we speak German […]

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Why Are Some Families Multilingual?

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Why are some families multilingual? Most families are multilingual because life happens! You marry someone from a different nationality and move to a third country. This is the perfect setup for a trilingual family situation. Maybe you move with your monolingual family to Indonesia, have a French au pair at home and send your children […]

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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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