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I Am Multilingual. What Is the Best Way to Go About Speaking Two Languages With My Child?

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I am a Capeverdian-Italian living in Holland with a Dutch husband and our 10 month-old son, Alexander. I have lived in different countries, speak 6 languages fluently and feel emotionally and culturally attached to 4 of them. During my pregnancy, I had a hard time deciding which language to speak to our child, but finally […]

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We Are Mixing Languages All the Time! Are We Confusing Our Multilingual Child?

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I am Brazilian, my husband is American and we live in France with our 4 months old daughter. My husband and I are both fluent in French and English, and he understands Portuguese pretty well and is working on speaking it. I mostly speak Portuguese to our daughter, and he mostly speaks English.  Our family […]

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Can We Use the Other Spouse’s Language? Will Our Bilingual Child Forget English During Vacation?

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I am a Swede who moved with my Anglo Australian hubby to Australia where we have been for the last 2 years.We now have a 19 month old daughter that we are bringing up bilingually.  I mostly speak Swedish to her and my husband English but many times he helps out with repeating words she […]

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What’s The Point of Speaking a Dialect with our Multilingual Children?

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By Isabelle Lazonde I asked myself a question the other day: Am I quadralingual? I speak English, Italian and French, but what about the Sicilian, does it count? Indeed, it is quite different from Standard Italian. The question is less about me, as I am a fluent speaker, but what about my children? Should I […]

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