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Expert Advice

Top 10 Reasons Your Children Aren’t Speaking Your Language

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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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Multilingual Envy – It Happens To the Best of Us

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: istockphoto The kids and I are walking down the sidewalk when we see a bunch of people standing outside the library waiting for it to open.  Kids are jumping on rocks and meandering through small bushes, adults sit on the benches reading books and chatting in the sunshine. What a […]

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Expert Advice

Can We Teach Our Child a Third Language While Learning It Ourselves?

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Neither my spouse nor I speak the third language.  As we learn the language, can we teach our child a third language anyway so all of us become trilingual? It can’t harm to try!  But do a reality check with regards to your goals: If your aim is to achieve native-like fluency in all three […]

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How Many Languages Are Too Many for My Multilingual Child?

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How many languages are too many? The child will speak as many languages as s/he needs to communicate with her environment. That can mean 3, 4, even 5 languages. There is no such thing as limited space in the brain, or languages in competition with one another.  If being multilingual caused verbal or mental problems, […]

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Should I Give Up Raising My Child Bilingually?

by Corey
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When it becomes too difficult… should we give up bilingualism? L et’s take a moment to talk about problems. The really big ones.  For instance, divorce, family conflicts, relocation,  serious illnesses and death. We all have to deal with some (or all) of these issues at one point or another during our lifetimes.

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Families

Bilingual Homeschooling: Teaching Children at Home (in More than One Language)

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By Corey Heller “Last year when my son started school, things really started to change,” reported a woman in my seminar on Raising Bilingual Children. “I can’t get him to say one word in Chinese anymore.  He even said that he hates it when I speak Chinese with him!” Another woman piped in saying “Now […]

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Non-Native Speakers Can Raise Multilingual Children!

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By Corey Heller Article first appeared in Multilingual Living Magazine. Emma is French and lives in France with her Russian husband and two children.  “My husband and I both speak Russian to our daughters even though it isn’t my native language,” she says.  “Sometimes I wonder if it is the right thing to do because […]

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Getting Started

Why, What, Who, When, Where?

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When it comes to raising multilingual children, this is the place to start!  These are the most important questions to ask yourself and your spouse before you even start your multilingual parenting journey! By Corey Heller Perhaps you are just now making the decision to raise your children bilingually or maybe you are already well […]

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Language Tips

Renew Your Resolve in Raising Your Multilingual Children!

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During our multilingual parenting journey there are times when we need some big doses of encouragement.  It could come from just feeling burnt out with parenting all together, let alone adding in multilingualism.  It could come when our children go off to school and magically stop speaking our language in a matter of days. Whatever […]

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How To Become More Multilingually Consistent

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Consistency can be very important for multilingual children.  It is important for your children to know what your expectations are.  The last thing your children want to do is to disappoint you! Whether your multilingual children seem to care about consistency or not, at least make sure that you and your spouse are clear on […]

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