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Bilingual Children: Why Does Each Child Speak Less English?

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Bilingual Children: Why Does Each Child Speak Less

By Ingrid Weilguny Photo credit: Jason Bolonski I remember before my children were born that we planned how it would be. Bringing them up bilingually, that is. We agreed on the one parent-one language approach. We decided that English would be the main influence within the house as outside the door they only heard German. […]

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Activities

Making Up Stories to Music with Your Multilingual Children

by Corey
Multilingual-Bilingual Children Language Activities

Multilingual Living reader, Susie, sent in the following tip for how she shares her languages with her multilingual children (and how to get them to share it back!).  Thank you Susie for taking the time to send in this wonderful tip!

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Expert Advice

Does Bilingualism Cause Language Delay?

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brain and speaking

One of the most consistent things I was warned about many years ago when my husband and I decided to both speak German with our swaddled babe in arms was language delay.  Everyone told me not to worry if my son didn’t start speaking until later, as bilingual children are known to start speaking later […]

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Interviews

Multilingual Lives Interview with Prof. Aneta Pavlenko

by Corey
Prof. Aneta Pavlenko (left) and Prof. Jean-Marc Dewaele (right)

A delightful conversation between Prof. Aneta Pavelenko and me (Corey Heller) was the inspiration for this line of Multilingual Lives interviews which first appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine.  As these interviews show, the joy of multilingualism is that we are not tied down to one language and one culture.  We find identity and enjoyment from […]

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Should You Correct Your Bilingual Child’s Language Mistakes?

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Head to Head

By Corey Heller It’s late, I’m tired and I just want my little bilingual buggers to put on their PJ’s, brush their little teeth and get some Z’s.  I don’t want to mess around with begging and pleading and explaining why 10:00 is so very much later than 9:00 and that just because they don’t […]

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Activities

Language Activity: Time For Some Multilingual Spying!

by Corey
Multilingual-Bilingual Children Language Activities

Do you know about the game, “I Spy”? It is a great game to encourage your children to use your language (or at least to get your children listening to it)! You basically describe something that you can see from where you are standing or sitting. For example, “I spy with my little eye something […]

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Expert Advice

Who Says You Can’t Raise Your Children Bilingually?

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Multilingual Children You Can Do It!

By Corey Heller You can raise your children bilingually. Let me repeat… You can raise your children bilingually. I know this comes as a surprise to many people, especially those who feel they couldn’t master another language if their life depended upon it, let alone share the language with their children.  But not only can […]

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The #1 Language Ingredient For Raising Multilingual Children

by Corey
Mother and son

As parents of multilingual children, we are often plagued by a myriad of concerns, especially when it comes to our multilingual children speaking.  We wonder if our children’s speech delay has anything to do with us raising them multilingually.  We worry about our multilingual children mixing their languages.  We fret when our children all of […]

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Trilingualism? Just Do It!

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Alice with family

 The author, Alice Lapuerta, with her husband and daughter By Alice Lapuerta This originally appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine. When we first embarked our multilingual adventure, my husband and I had a problem: we did not speak each other’s languages. Even though we communicated in English with each other, we decided to use our mother […]

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Families

Language Switching with Your Bilingual Child When It Counts

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Birthday_Party

By Corey Heller My middle son had a birthday party today and as usual we invited our varied mix of friends: German-speakers, Spanish-speakers, English-speakers, homeschoolers, traditionally-schooled, young, old, babies, dads, moms, sisters and brothers.  I was so very impressed with how well a group of people can come together and find common ground for conversation […]

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Are You Fluent Enough to Raise Your Child In a Second Language?

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Mom and son

Raising a child in a non-native language is a hot topic these days.  What with the cost of language schools out of reach for most parents and a lack of native-speaking family members and friends nearby, raising our children in a non-native language has become a desirable option. The question on most parents’ minds, however, […]

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Top 10 Reasons Your Children Aren’t Speaking Your Language

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Girls Whispering

By Corey Heller Wondering why your children are not speaking your language?  It is hard to say why one child will gladly speak a second (and third and fourth) language while another will resist it.  Below are the top 10 most likely reasons why they are not.  Do some of these resonate with your multilingual […]

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