raising bilingual children

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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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Families

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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Week in Review

Multilingual Living’s Week in Review – May 1st

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This is a review of the articles, Tweets, Facebook posts and more which went out this week in and around our Multilingual Living universe. Thank you everyone for sharing your tips, tweets, emails and more with me! Were it not for you, this post wouldn’t even be here! Where’s the Asian Support? This week Sam […]

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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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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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Book Extracts

Extracts from Bilingual: Life and Reality – Chapter 17

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It is our great honor at Multilingual Living to publish this series of extracts from Professor François Grosjean’s new book Bilingual: Life and Reality, which has been nominated for the Edward Sapir Book Prize 2010. Prof. Grosjean knows intimately what he writes about: not only is he “one of the grand old men of research […]

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Extracts from Bilingual: Life and Reality – Chapter 16

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It is our great honor at Multilingual Living to publish this series of extracts from Professor François Grosjean’s new book Bilingual: Life and Reality, which has been nominated for the Edward Sapir Book Prize 2010. Prof. Grosjean knows intimately what he writes about: not only is he “one of the grand old men of research […]

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Passing the Bilingual Blame, Or: That’s Not My Poop!

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By Corey Heller I am exercising in my husband’s office (the home of my beloved elliptical trainer) while my son Patrick bounces endlessly below me on a mattress left over from a recent family visit. A box of my husband’s Physics papers falls from the mattress to the floor. Oooops! My son looks at it […]

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Week in Review

Multilingual Living’s Week in Review: Oct 10

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This is a review of the interesting articles, Tweets, Facebook posts and more which took place this week in and around our Multilingual Living universe. Thank you everyone for sharing your tips with me! Keep them coming!

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