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Should I Stop Trying to Help?

by Corey
Bilingual Family - Multilingual child

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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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

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

by Madalena

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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