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

by Corey

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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Should You Correct Your Bilingual Child’s Language Mistakes?

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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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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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Why Do My Children Have Greek Accents When They Speak English?

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A reader asked the following question in the comment section of the article Non-Native Speakers Can Raise Multilingual Children! Here is the answer from our resident expert, Madalena Cruz-Ferreira: Reader’s Question: Even though my husband speaks English to my kids with his native English accent, my kids (5 y.o.) have a Greek accent in English, […]

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

by Corey

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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