Non-Native

Ask Multilingual Living

Should I Stop Trying to Help?

by Corey
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When is it ok for a parent use a non-native language with his or her child(ren)? Does it matter whether or not the non-native language parent is absolutely fluent? Or does every little bit count when it comes to helping our children become bilingual? Please share your wisdom with Nicholas who isn’t sure what he […]

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Non-Native

Raising Bilingual Children: The Non-Native Gone Astray?

by Corey
Raising Bilingual Children in Non-Native Language

By Corey Heller Photo credit: eamoncurry123 As many of you know, my husband is German and I am American. I met him in Galway, Ireland during an education abroad program in 1991, fell in love with him in 1992 and life hasn’t been the same since. (In a good way, that is!) After Ireland I […]

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General Multilingualism

My Husband Teaches Physics in a Non-Native Language – Because He Can

by Corey
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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Waifer X My husband was born in Germany and attended German public schools. He started learning English in 5th grade and continued all through school. His teachers often had German accents when they spoke English and it is possible they made mistakes from time to time, but he learned English […]

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Ask an Expert

Struggling to Raise a Bilingual Child in a Non-Native Language

by Madalena
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Dear Madalena, Our language strategy has been that my Arabic husband I (American) try to use Arabic as much as possible with our daughter, which means my husband uses it all the time, and I use it maybe 40% of the time. Our biggest challenges are that I am not fluent in Arabic. I am […]

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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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Language Refresh 101

4 Attitudes to Cultivate in Your Second Language Learning

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By Melissa Dedina Photo credit: MrsMinifig 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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Language Refresh 101

7 Tips to Supercharge Your Second Language

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By Melissa Dedina Photo credit: Christian Haugen 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 […]

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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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Families

The Language of Identity

by Corey
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Corey, in white and red dress, at her fourth birthday party By Corey Heller My mother once asked me how I could feel comfortable raising my children in a language other than my native language.  Being unprepared for this inquiry, my response was defensive. Instead of using my mother’s question as a spring-board for deeper […]

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Expert Advice

Can I Sometimes Switch To Another Language With My Multilingual Children?

by Corey
Coreys mother, Sharon, with her first born bilingual grandson.

My children and I used to speak English with one another for a few weeks every couple of months.  We’d prepare ahead of time for the event by discussing our plans in detail and my kids would get excited about the whole thing, “Three more days, right Mama?  Three more days until we will be […]

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Expert Advice

Should You Correct Your Bilingual Child’s Language Mistakes?

by Corey
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By Corey Heller It’s late, I’m tired and I just want my little bilingual buggers to put on their PJ’s, brush their little teeth and get some Z’s.  I don’t want to mess around with begging and pleading and explaining why 10:00 is so very much later than 9:00 and that just because they don’t […]

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