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From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 19

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 19

Extremely excited and somewhat worried – our bilingual mother’s feelings summed up this week. Real emotions in a fictional setting. Monday Anytime within the next two or three weeks our family member count will go up by one more son or daughter! We don’t know the gender and the predictions are 50/50. S wishes he […]

10 things parents of bilingual children do differently

10 things parents of bilingual children do differently

As parents we want to do what’s best for our children – this affects how we behave in our everyday lives when it comes to choice of anything from food and clothing to school and the place we live in. In addition, parents of bilingual children have one more aspect to take into consideration: the […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 18

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 18

Another week and another challenge in the lives of our fictional bilingual, pregnant mother, her hubby, 6-year-old son S and 3-year-old daughter D. Monday Finally we have summer and we can spend more time outside! S is off school and D is now home with me full time. Today we went to the playground in […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 17

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Motivating a bilingual child: Pricken the Swedish-speaking kitten

Motivating a bilingual child: Pricken the Swedish-speaking kitten

  “How to motivate my child to speak the minority language?” is one of the most frequently asked questions to our panel of Family Language Coaches. This challenge will also be the topic of the up-coming Raising Multilingual Children blogging carnival, which I will host here next week. Motivating a child to speak the minority […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 16

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 16

Snapshots from the everyday life of our (growing) fictional multilingual family, written by a bilingual mother. Monday Feeling a lot better, no morning sickness anymore but still extremely tired, just like with the previous two. I fall asleep on the sofa most evenings and I am so happy that hubby has taken over most of […]

My bilingual parenting journey – no regrets but a few I-wish-I-had-knowns

My bilingual parenting journey – no regrets but a few I-wish-I-had-knowns

I am very happy with how my daughters have grown up to speak several languages, and I am looking forward to supporting the coming generation of our family in the quest of learning to speak more than one language. Looking back, there are certainly a few things I would have liked to have known when […]

Receptive bilingualism – understanding but not speaking a language

Receptive bilingualism – understanding but not speaking a language

When discussing the language skills of children in multilingual families, you occasionally come across the situation where a child has learnt to understand a language, but is unable (or unwilling) to speak it. Quite often you will find this described as passive bilingualism – I have used this expression myself, until Professor Grosjean pointed out […]