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Language Tips

Learning a Second Language with Dad – 10 Minutes at a Time

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Learning a Second Language with Dad - 10 Minutes at a Time

  By Franck & Cristina Photo credit: Stephen Cochran There are many dads who are hands-on in giving their children the gift of bilingualism. As one dad told us, “I have great memories of going to German school and learning German on top of English. I would like my daughter to have fond memories of […]

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Language Tips

Role-Playing in a Second Language – 10 Minutes at a Time

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Role-Playing in a Second Language - 10 Minutes at a Time

By Franck & Cristina Photo credit: starrynight_012 Like many parents raising kids with more than one language, we are often concerned about how much talk time our kids get in the second language. Creating an environment in a second  language requires a lot of reading, a lot of stories and a bunch of songs. We […]

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Language Tips

Language Learning: The Importance of Making It Fun (and How to Do It)

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Language Learning: The importance of making it fun and how to do it

By Andrew Photo credit: Ernst Moeksis Hi, I’m Andrew,  I run a website called How to Learn Spanish and I’ve been reading MultiLingual Living almost since it started. Today I’d like to talk to those of you who are learning or teaching a language (whether you’re teaching children or adults is irrelevant, this applies across […]

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Language Tips

Making Homework in a Second Language Fun for Children – 10 Minutes at a Time

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Making Homework Fun for Children in a 2nd Language - 10 Minutes at a Time

By Franck & Cristina Photo credit: spiritinme Stories, games, music, conversations are all great ways to expose children to a second language. And best of all, our kids will be learning without really realizing that they are learning. They soak things up while having fun: Slowly developing understanding and fluency in a second language. But […]

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Technology to Help Children Learn a New Language: 10 Minutes at a Time

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By Franck & Cristina Photo credit: flickingerbrad Technology is a tremendous help when teaching children a new language, especially for time-starved parents. At the same time, screen time should to be limited to what we, as parents, believe is appropriate. In our family, technology is a definite help when exposing our children to French, Spanish […]

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General Multilingualism

My Husband Teaches Physics in a Non-Native Language – Because He Can

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Waifer X My husband was born in Germany and attended German public schools. He started learning English in 5th grade and continued all through school. His teachers often had German accents when they spoke English and it is possible they made mistakes from time to time, but he learned English […]

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Language Refresh 101

Don’t Rely on Your Native Speaker Partner Too Much for Second Language Learning!

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By Melissa Dedina Photo credit: Wonderlane Language classes are fantastic. I know I could never have learned my second language without a textbook and a teacher to go through it with me, because that’s just how my brain works. However, I did eventually get to the point where the classroom setting couldn’t teach me much […]

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Language Refresh 101

4 Attitudes to Cultivate in Your Second Language Learning

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By Melissa Dedina Photo credit: MrsMinifig Language classes are fantastic. I know I could never have learned my second language without a textbook and a teacher to go through it with me, because that’s just how my brain works. However, I did eventually get to the point where the classroom setting couldn’t teach me much […]

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Language Refresh 101

7 Tips to Supercharge Your Second Language

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By Melissa Dedina Photo credit: Christian Haugen Language classes are fantastic. I know I could never have learned my second language without a textbook and a teacher to go through it with me, because that’s just how my brain works. However, I did eventually get to the point where the classroom setting couldn’t teach me […]

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Activities

Learning French in and Around the Garden: Part Two

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It is that time again!  Time to have fun in the garden (physically or virtually) in French with Part 2 of Sarah Dodson-Knight’s wonderful 4-part summer activity. Whether you are a newbie in French or a native speaker, you are sure to find some fun activities in this series to get French language flowing with […]

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The Little Magical Computer Will Make My Kids Bilingual

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By Alice Lapuerta I have decided that my kids are going to be fluent Spanish speakers after all. My kids are going to be balanced trilinguals! Hooray! We’ve been saved… …by a toy.

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Expert Advice

Why Making Friends with the F-Word Is the Answer to Multilingual Parenting

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Been letting the “F” word take over again? It always seems to creep up when we least expect it, when we are feeling our best, feeling our strongest. Your kids tell you they don’t want to use your language anymore and wham, the “F” word raises its ugly head. Your neighbor tells you a story […]

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