Trilingualism

Jabberlingual

The Diga-Diga Syndrome. Or: Confessions of a Worrisome Trilingual Parent

by Alice

By Alice Lapuerta Originally appeared in April 2006 on the Bilingual/Bicultural Family Network. Photo Credit: gazzaPax As if parenthood doesn’t give us enough to worry about as it is, with bilingual children we worry just a tad bit more. One particular pet-worry is our children’s speech development. Counting and analyzing our children’s words as they […]

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Language Challenge 101

Language Challenge 101 – Week Five

by Corey

¡Hola, amigos! Welcome to week five of Multilingual Living’s Language Challenge 101 – learning a 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 find everything we have done so far.

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

by Corey

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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Jabberlingual

The Evil Majority Language

by Alice

By Alice Lapuerta The majority language = the bad language. This has somehow firmly embedded itself in my mind. It’s the language that you should avoid speaking at all costs. It will, ever so deviously, take over if you don’t watch out. So you better make sure it’s safely caged and stays where it belongs: […]

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Jabberlingual

Monolingual Envy

by Alice

By Alice Lapuerta There are times when I wish we were just like the ordinary monolingual family next door. Let’s call them the Schmidts – The Schmidts just speak the majority language German all the time. They don’t wake up every morning wondering what language to speak. They don’t need to worry about whether OPOL […]

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