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7 things that happen to parents raising a bilingual child

7 things that happen to parents raising a bilingual child

No two multilingual families are the same and children learn their languages differently, but some things that parents of bilingual children experience seem to be universal. As a parent bringing up your child to speak more than one language, you… 1. Become more aware of your native language Because you know that your child will […]

12 silly questions a bilingual could ask a monolingual

12 silly questions a bilingual could ask a monolingual

Throughout history bilingual people have been (and still are) asked some fairly silly questions. What if the shoe was on the other foot – what questions could we as bilinguals ask? 1 – What have you done to cure your monolingualism? Bilingual people have been classed as strange and some people have wanted to shield […]

10 things bilingual children do really well

10 things bilingual children do really well

Every child is good at something and as parents we love seeing our children do well. Bilingual children have an added advantage in different situations in their lives – and they often get really good, and – depending on their personality – sometimes cheeky with their language skills. 1. Correct their parents’ language Children in […]

Bilingual! Bicultural? Do you know where I am coming from?

Bilingual! Bicultural? Do you know where I am coming from?

“Where are you from?” that was one of the questions from last week’s post – a question to be mindful of when speaking to a bilingual or bicultural child. Many adult bilinguals have however said to me that they don’t mind being asked where they come from – and I do agree with them. I […]

7 things you should not say to a bilingual child

7 things you should not say to a bilingual child

Children can be sensitive about almost anything to do with themselves – be it their bodies, looks, family, friends, hobbies, the list is endless. Languages are no exception, so adults should be mindful when making comments or even asking questions to do with their languages. 1. “Where do you come from?” This may sound like […]

I wish I wasn’t bilingual! - nah, not really

I wish I wasn’t bilingual! – nah, not really

To me there is no doubt that being bilingual can only be beneficial for you. Some people have challenged my view and asked me to write about situations that would have been easier had I been monolingual. Right. Hmm. OK, for the sake of balance it is only fair to take on this challenge and […]

Thoughts to boost the confidence of parents bringing up bilingual children

Thoughts to boost the confidence of parents bringing up bilingual children

Most parents have an ideal picture of what they want their children to become like when they grow up. Some parents are more specific than others with regards to the personality traits and behaviours they wish for their children, but I’m sure words like ‘happy’, ‘honest’, ‘well-behaved’ and ‘confident’ feature high on the wish-list. The […]

20 reasons why I am thankful for my bilingual life and family

20 reasons why I am thankful for my bilingual life and family

When you have always been bilingual, like I have, you quite often take it for granted and forget how important an aspect it is in your life. So today I want to shout from the rooftops (or tweet from the top of a tree) the first 20 reasons for being thankful for all the languages […]

The importance of consistency when raising your daughter to become bilingual

The importance of consistency when raising your daughter to become bilingual

Consistency is important in any aspect of raising a child, and no less so when it comes to passing on your language. While a child can learn more than one language even if the parents are not consistent in their language use, the chance of the child becoming bilingual is significantly smaller than if each […]

Things we take for granted

Things we take for granted

While picking some juicy blackberries in the back garden for my breakfast cereal, I noticed how well the pears are coming on this year and will soon also be ready for my morning muesli. Except for cutting the brambles back once in a while, it hasn’t required much effort from me to get these delicacies. […]