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Trilingual Miracle: Interview with Belgian Linguist Jean-Marc Dewaele

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By Clo Originally published in Multilingual Living Magazine In my constant quest of knowledge to better understand the different and complex facets of multilingualism, I stumbled across a very informational paper by Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele, a Belgian Professor in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck College in London,UK. A bilingual from birth himself (French and […]

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An Apology For Being “Inconsistent”

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By Alice Lapuerta Originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine. One thing I’ve been confused about in our multilingualism-adventure is the “consistency” factor. It crops up everywhere: Bilingualism yes, but make sure you’re consistent. Choose a method and stick to it. But always be consistent! This worries me. For there seems to be an unspoken, unwritten […]

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The Speckled Band: Or Learning English with Sherlock Holmes

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By Alice Lapuerta Originally appeared at the Bilingual/Bicultural Family Network in July 2006 Photo credit: Alterego “It was the band! The speckled band!!!” my mother read with dramatic intonation. My brothers and I huddled against her. I didn’t understand a word she said, but fidgeted around with excitement nevertheless. “Was ist das, ‘speckled band’?” we […]

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Kazakhstan! How My Multilingual Child Learned to Write

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Kazakhstan (the German spelling) written by Dominik

By Alice Lapuerta Yesterday Dominik’s Kindergarten teacher had a bit of a crisis. She approached me, her face serious. “You know what your son did today?” Uh-oh. He probably threw a tantrum. He refused to share the Thomas train with another kid. He peed in his pants. He threw the puzzles out of the window. […]

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