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  • From the diary of a bilingual mother
  • From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 17
  • Follow the joys and challenges of our fictional bilingual mother and her multilingual family with hubby, 6-year-old son S and 3-year-old daughter D. Monday Only three months to go and we will be a family of five – I am so happy we went for a bigger house when we moved, otherwise we would be [...]
  • Pen pals open the world, keep friends close and bring joy
  • Pen pals open the world, keep friends close and bring joy
  • I remember it like yesterday, the first letter I received from my South Korean pen friend Yong-Suk. I was 14 and it felt like a miracle: A young boy, on the other side of the world had sat down, picked out his writing pad, put pen to paper and talked to me about who he [...]
  • Multilingual families – why a child might grow up monolingual
  • Multilingual families – why a child might grow up monolingual
  • I love the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” – for the purpose of the topic at hand, I would like to expand it to “It takes two villages to raise a bilingual child”. This is of course not strictly true, but it does describe the need for extra resources and [...]
  • François Grosjean - who is bilingual
  • Professor François Grosjean – on bilingualism, language mode and identity
  • Fantastic interview with Professor François Grosjean, my all-time favourite specialist on bilingualism, conducted by Fabrice Jaumont, Education Attaché at the Cultural Services in New York. The video is brimming with useful information, to-the-point observations and helpful advice on raising bilingual children, not forgetting interesting insights into Professor Grosjean’s own bilingual background. The interview lasts about [...]
  • Top tips for motivating bilingual children to speak their languages
  • Top tips for motivating bilingual children to speak their languages
  • Choosing the topic for this month’s Raising Multilingual Children blogging carnival was actually very easy. “What do parents ask me most about?” I pondered and instantly I thought “How to motivate my child to speak the minority language?” My fellow bloggers – who all have their own bilingual children – have written new posts giving [...]


  • 12 things parents of bilingual children need to know
  • 12 things parents raising bilingual children need to know
  • This post is also available in the following languages (click on the picture to read the post). More translations to follow: 1 – It doesn’t happen by magic Children do not become bilingual “by magic”. There is a persistent myth claiming that “children are like sponges when it comes to language” and that they will [...]

  • Multilingual Family with Italian and Dutch
  • Multilingual Family with Italian and Dutch in Luxembourg
  • I am delighted to introduce you to another multilingual family: Giovanna’s lovely family from Luxembourg. Giovanna is Italian by birth and her husband is Flemish (Belgian from the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium). They have two children (nine and ten years old) who were born in Luxembourg and are growing up as balanced bilinguals in Dutch [...]



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