Multilingual Living Email December 2012

by Corey

CLICK HERE to subscribe to the FREE Multilingual Living newsletter. December 2012 Dear Multilingual Living Friends, So sorry for the lack of newsletter emails at the end of this year! After Language Challenge 180, I kind of lost steam. We had a ton of fun focusing on weekly language activities but it took more work […]

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Growing Up Bilingual: Adolescence and Fitting In

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By Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert Being bilingual and a teenager can be challenging, for both parents and children. Adolescence is a period of change, all about finding an identity and fitting in with a group of friends. How do teenagers juggle speaking two languages and belonging to two nationalities or cultures? We know a great deal about […]

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Book Extracts

Extracts from Bilingual: Life and Reality – Chapter 17

by Corey

It is our great honor at Multilingual Living to publish this series of extracts from Professor François Grosjean’s new book Bilingual: Life and Reality, which has been nominated for the Edward Sapir Book Prize 2010. Prof. Grosjean knows intimately what he writes about: not only is he “one of the grand old men of research […]

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Expert Advice

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

by Corey
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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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I Know Why You Are Really Raising Your Children Multilingually

by Corey

I know why you are raising your children multilingually. Really, I do! It’s actually fairly simple.  Yet, we like to fancy it up with statements like: “I am raising my children in more than one language because it is good for their brains.” Which is true. Or… “Multilingualism has so many benefits, I can’t even […]

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Expert Advice

Does Bilingualism Cause Language Delay?

by Corey
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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Help! Does He Have Language Delay, Autism or Neither?

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It can happen that our multilingual child is given a diagnosis which we fear is not taking into account the specifics of our linguistic landscape.  It may leave us feeling helpless and confused, to say the least.  We often are not sure whether we should get a second opinion or accept the diagnosis without question. […]

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Expert Advice

Trilingualism? Just Do It!

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 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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Expert Advice

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

by Corey
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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Expert Advice

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

Is Everyday Exposure to the Target Language Necessary for Multilingual Children?

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Mom With Baby

Children learn language through daily contacts, emotional bonds, and everyday interactions with their caregivers.  Language learning happens, for instance, while children are playing everyday games like peekaboo and being talked to while having their clothing changed, sitting in their car seat, and being fed and bathed.

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

by Corey
homeschooling kids

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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