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General Multilingualism

Still Trilingual at Sixteen (Almost Quadrilingual!)

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Still Trilingual at Sixteen (Almost Quadrilingual!)

  By Livia Dewaele Being trilingual from birth definitely has advantages, I thought, as I received my results (A*) for my French IGCSE, sat two years early. My entire class at Palmers Green High School (London) is in agreement – they have all at one point told me and the other native French speaker in […]

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Expert Advice

Raising Bilingual Children: Will My Efforts Be in Vain?

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Raising Bilingual Children: Will My Efforts Be in Vain?

By Ana Paula Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP Photo Credit: christine (cbszeto) At about 30 weeks in my first pregnancy, I remember sitting at my laptop for hours listening to children’s songs and compiling lyrics for future reference.  It was a tedious exercise of play-stop-rewind-play-stop-rewind-play. What in the world was I doing?  I was relearning old childhood […]

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General Multilingualism

Multilingual Children Can Learn Languages Effortlessly

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As we have been hearing about for many years from renowned researchers, the benefits of bilingualism abound. Even as far back as the early days of Multilingual Living Magazine, we published one article after another showing why multilingualism is the best way to go (we even discussed Prof. Bialystok’s research on Alzheimer’s patients long before […]

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Expert Advice

Raising Bilingual Children: Tips for When the Home Language Differs From the Community Language

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raising bilingual children: Tips for When the Home Language Differs from the Community Language

By Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP Photo credit: istockphoto Be Intentional Realize that everyday activities such as mealtimes, getting dressed, bath time, and playtime are all opportunities for talking, teaching, and providing quality language exposure. Be intentional about ongoing verbal interactions about things, routines and events in your child’s life. Arrange for varied opportunities […]

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Families

Trilingual Miracle: Interview with Belgian Linguist Jean-Marc Dewaele

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By Clo Originally published in Multilingual Living Magazine In my constant quest of knowledge to better understand the different and complex facets of multilingualism, I stumbled across a very informational paper by Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele, a Belgian Professor in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck College in London,UK. A bilingual from birth himself (French and […]

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Trilingual Child: Which Languages Should We Choose?

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Dear Madalena, I am a Dane. I can speak 6 languages and I currently live in China with my Chinese wife (we speak English at home). We are pregnant and I am so confused regarding how to go about this bilingual issue. We are planning to stay in China for at least 6-7 years more […]

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How How Can I Encourage My Husband To Speak His Language with Our Bilingual Daughter?

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Before I ask my question I’d like to thank you for all of your good work. My question is how to convince my husband to speak to our daughter in “his” language. My daughter is going to be 3 years old in November. We speak English at home and I speak to my daughter in […]

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Trilingual Child with ADHD – Doctor Says to Switch to Fewer Languages

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Dear Madalena, My husband (German) and I (Singaporean) have two children, aged 5 and 7.  He speaks German to them, I speak Chinese (even though English is my L1 and Chinese my second language).  Between us, my husband and I speak English.  I am fluent in German.  Our children were born in Germany and we […]

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Language Challenge 101

Language Challenge 101 – Week Fifteen

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¡Hola, amigos! Welcome to week fifteen of Multilingual Living’s Language Challenge 101 – we are a bilingual family who is learning a new language over the course of 101 days. If you missed our first few weeks, just click on the Language Challenge 101 button on the very left of this website page and you’ll […]

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Activities

Get Your Bilingual Child Talking With a Monolingual Teddy

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Multilingual Living reader, Maria, sent in the following language learning activity that she is doing with her son!  They are a bilingual family so this fun and interactive language activity helps them add in yet another language into their daily lives. She was inspired by the One Hour a Day of Language Learning post to […]

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Jabberlingual

Sacking an Ideal: The Evil Ambilingual

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By Alice Lapuerta Photo Credit: Liz Ambilingual. The name itself sounds as though we are talking about an unpleasant sort of reptile, with yellow scales and gleaming eyes (at least five).   It may very well be such a monster! The Ambilingual is the epitome of everything in multilingualism that gives us parents headaches, worries, stress, […]

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Jabberlingual

To Send My Child to a Bilingual School or Not? That Is the Question.

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By Alice Lapuerta Photo Credit: MIKI Yoshihito One would think that for a multicultural family the answer’s obvious: yes, of course you send your daughter to a bilingual school! How can you even pose this question! Nevertheless I hesitated. I pondered. I weighed my choices back and forth in my mind. You see, it’s not […]

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