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Top 10 Ways We Sabotage Our Children’s Bilingualism

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Leonid Mamchenkov As parents of bilingual children, we talk about our children’s language skills a lot. We examine vocabulary and grammar, syntax and pronunciation. We worry about speech impediments and language delays. We tell others that  our children can speak the community language perfectly but secretly wonder if they are […]

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Families

Why Don’t My Bilingual Children Care? Blame the Daycare Lady!

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By Corey Heller Over and over again I hear parents of multilingual children around the world sigh in frustration when they talk about their efforts. Day in and day out, week after week, year after year we do what we can to raise our children multilingually and multiculturally but it feels like we are having […]

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Families

The School Director Disagrees with Raising Children Bilingually

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By Isabelle Lazonde My son is 5 now but when he was 2 it was suspected he had a learning difficulty. He didn’t speak much and the words took a while to get out. We were worried naturally. I speak English to him and my husband French, given those are our native languages. On starting […]

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Interviews

Multilingual Lives Interview with Prof. Aneta Pavlenko

by Corey
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A delightful conversation between Prof. Aneta Pavelenko and me (Corey Heller) was the inspiration for this line of Multilingual Lives interviews which first appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine.  As these interviews show, the joy of multilingualism is that we are not tied down to one language and one culture.  We find identity and enjoyment from […]

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Expert Advice

Hitting a Multilingual Parenting Roadblock

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Every once in a while, our multilingual parenting journey loses its luster.  It starts to feel heavy and exhausting rather than light and easy and we start to wonder why we are putting in all of this effort.  Is it really worth it?  We all hit these roadblocks at some point along the way. All […]

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Expert Advice

Top 10 Reasons Your Children Aren’t Speaking Your Language

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By Corey Heller Wondering why your children are not speaking your language?  It is hard to say why one child will gladly speak a second (and third and fourth) language while another will resist it.  Below are the top 10 most likely reasons why they are not.  Do some of these resonate with your multilingual […]

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Expert Advice

How Many Languages Are Too Many for My Multilingual Child?

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How many languages are too many? The child will speak as many languages as s/he needs to communicate with her environment. That can mean 3, 4, even 5 languages. There is no such thing as limited space in the brain, or languages in competition with one another.  If being multilingual caused verbal or mental problems, […]

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Expert Advice

Does Multilingualism Cause Language Disorders in Children?

by Corey
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Bilingualism in a family neither increases nor reduces the chance of experiencing language difficulties and language disorders.  The bilingual child may, for example, be diagnosed as dyslexic, aphasic, partially hearing or with a low IQ score.  Hopefully, the specialist making the diagnosis will have both experience with bilingual children and have studied bilingualism in professional […]

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Expert Advice

Should I Give Up Raising My Child Bilingually?

by Corey
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When it becomes too difficult… should we give up bilingualism? L et’s take a moment to talk about problems. The really big ones.  For instance, divorce, family conflicts, relocation,  serious illnesses and death. We all have to deal with some (or all) of these issues at one point or another during our lifetimes.

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Families

How Multilinguals Met: Dinka & Lincoln

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Multilingual/multicultural couples always have fascinating stories to tell, especially when it comes to how they met! The process by which we bond with our significant other is almost always an emotional roller coaster ride, even more so when it involves more than one continent and a mixture of languages!  This article first appeared in Multilingual […]

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