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Multicolored (Multicultural) Butterfly

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By Trisha Yonekura Photo Credit: Paul Wever Originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine “Come on, Bailey, let’s go,” I said waving good bye to his day care mates and the teachers. “Mommy, no English, please. My ears hurt,” came Bailey’s reply like a thousand needles right to my heart. I can understand how he feels. […]

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Language Transitions: My Favorite Time of Day

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By Trisha Yonekura Originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine Bundled up in a puffy down coat and a knit cap, he almost pulls my arm off with his excitement. “Today I played with Hiroto-kun and ate an orange and blew bubbles.  Mommy, I am so good at blowing bubbles,” the words flow out in Japanese. […]

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Family, Friends, and Français: Art and Drama

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By Sarah Dodson-Knight Photo credit: rick When you’re teaching a minority language to your children, you need to make it as interesting and as relevant to them as possible so that they see the language as useful and they really want to communicate in it. What better topic to focus on than friends and family! […]

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Language Activity: Time For Car ABC’s

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This fun activity was sent in to us by Christiane.  As many of us find ourselves driving here and there in the car, it is a great time to enhance our children’s language exposure and skills!  Try the following activity and let us know how it goes!

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Ask François Grosjean: Are My Bilingual Children Getting Enough Exposure?

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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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Does Bilingualism Cause Language Delay?

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One of the most consistent things I was warned about many years ago when my husband and I decided to both speak German with our swaddled babe in arms was language delay.  Everyone told me not to worry if my son didn’t start speaking until later, as bilingual children are known to start speaking later […]

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Language Activity: Time For Some Multilingual Spying!

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Do you know about the game, “I Spy”? It is a great game to encourage your children to use your language (or at least to get your children listening to it)! You basically describe something that you can see from where you are standing or sitting. For example, “I spy with my little eye something […]

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Who Says You Can’t Raise Your Children Bilingually?

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By Corey Heller You can raise your children bilingually. Let me repeat… You can raise your children bilingually. I know this comes as a surprise to many people, especially those who feel they couldn’t master another language if their life depended upon it, let alone share the language with their children.  But not only can […]

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Help! Does He Have Language Delay, Autism or Neither?

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It can happen that our multilingual child is given a diagnosis which we fear is not taking into account the specifics of our linguistic landscape.  It may leave us feeling helpless and confused, to say the least.  We often are not sure whether we should get a second opinion or accept the diagnosis without question. […]

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The #1 Language Ingredient For Raising Multilingual Children

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As parents of multilingual children, we are often plagued by a myriad of concerns, especially when it comes to our multilingual children speaking.  We wonder if our children’s speech delay has anything to do with us raising them multilingually.  We worry about our multilingual children mixing their languages.  We fret when our children all of […]

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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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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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