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Bilingual Toddler on a Minority Language Holiday

by Corey
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This week we share a question from Lin who is about to embark on a holiday visit with her family. She is wondering whether or not it would be ok for her to switch to her child’s minority language during the visit in order to give her child a complete “minority-language-bath.” Should she go for […]

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Which Language Method Should We Choose With Our Baby: OPOL or ML@H?

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Dear Madalena, I wonder if you could please help us. We are going to have a baby soon, I am Spanish, my partner is English and we live in Spain. At first we thought we would go for the “minority language at home” method, in our case, English. However, I don’t trust myself to speak […]

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Families

The OPOL-Fanatics

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By Christiane Küchler Williams Hallo – we would like to introduce ourselves… We are the OPOL-Fanatics! If you have read about some bilingual theories, you have probably come across the term “OPOL” – it is the abbreviation for “One-Parent-One-Language” – and it is the mantra of our family. We adhere to it religiously, we are […]

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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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Can We Use the Other Spouse’s Language? Will Our Bilingual Child Forget English During Vacation?

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I am a Swede who moved with my Anglo Australian hubby to Australia where we have been for the last 2 years.We now have a 19 month old daughter that we are bringing up bilingually.  I mostly speak Swedish to her and my husband English but many times he helps out with repeating words she […]

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Jabberlingual

What to Do About Spanish. Otra vez!

by Alice
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By Alice Lapuerta What to do about that Other Language? The third one. The one that is definitely under-represented in our household, because the native speaker who is supposed to represent it, aka The Hubby, is not always here to speak it, on account of a very demanding full-time job that includes frequent business trips […]

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Expert Advice

Ask François Grosjean: Can I Change From One Language Or Method To Another?

by Corey
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While Prof. Emeritus François Grosjean was working on his wonderful book Bilingual: Life and Reality, he asked me to send him a list of questions that I felt weighed the heaviest on the minds of parents raising multilingual children. It is my honor to present both my questions and Prof. Grosjean’s answers here at Multilingual […]

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Expert Advice

How Can We Become Trilingual?

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We are bilingual, but want to be trilingual. How do we add another language? Assuming that moving abroad is out of question right now – you can try to enlist outside “help” with the third language, like acquiring a nanny, or sending your child to playgroups, kindergartens and schools that represents the third language. It […]

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Families

Bilingual Homeschooling: Teaching Children at Home (in More than One Language)

by Corey
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By Corey Heller “Last year when my son started school, things really started to change,” reported a woman in my seminar on Raising Bilingual Children. “I can’t get him to say one word in Chinese anymore.  He even said that he hates it when I speak Chinese with him!” Another woman piped in saying “Now […]

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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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