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Raising Bilingual Children: Tips for When the Home Language Differs From the Community Language

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raising bilingual children: Tips for When the Home Language Differs from the Community Language

By Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP Photo credit: istockphoto Be Intentional Realize that everyday activities such as mealtimes, getting dressed, bath time, and playtime are all opportunities for talking, teaching, and providing quality language exposure. Be intentional about ongoing verbal interactions about things, routines and events in your child’s life. Arrange for varied opportunities […]

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Fun Ways to Keep Your Bilingual Children Bilingual

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Fun Ways to Keep Your Bilingual Children Bilingual

By Susanna Zaraysky Photo credit: BenedictFrancis Even if our children start off bilingual, it can be hard to keep this going as they grow up. In the video interview below, Aaron Myers, an expat from the US who has been raising two children in Istanbul for over four years, gives us tips and advice about […]

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How Can We Help Our Adopted Child Become Bilingual?

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Dear Madalena, We just recently brought home our 16 mo. old daughter from China.  We live in Germany.  My husband is German.  We have one daughter, who is bilingual in English and German.  We speak English at home but German outside the household. Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with the bilingualism […]

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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter M

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M is for… Masterminding! They say that children are like language sponges. But is this really true? Do children just sit in a room passively listening to what is around them and pick up everything without lifting a finger? No! Children learn languages as well as they do because they are engaged, involved, curious and […]

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What Is the Best Language Approach for Bilingual Parents to Use with Their Children?

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Dear Madalena, My husband and I both speak English but I am bilingual and speak German as well.  I would like to teach my son German, he is 19 months old.  What is the best way for me to do this?  I have been thinking of speaking German with him every morning and then English […]

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