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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is it too late to introduce your language to your child?

Is it too late to introduce your language to your child?

“You must start speaking your language to your baby from day one!” “She is already three and you haven’t started yet? She won’t sound like a native!” “If you don’t introduce the language before he goes to school, you have missed your chance!” “Older than seven and he will not get fluent!” “Do you really […]

Q&A: How to adjust the family language strategy when a trilingual child's majority language changes?

Q&A: How to adjust the family language strategy when a trilingual child’s majority language changes?

Question Hello, I am Mari, I am Italian and I live in Finland with my Finnish husband and our 10 months old daughter. My husband and I met in the UK where we lived for about 10 years until we moved to Finland 2 years ago. We have been always communicating in English and although […]

Early Bilingual Language Development: Facts and Fictions [guest post]

Early Bilingual Language Development: Facts and Fictions [guest post]

I am delighted to introduce you to today’s guest blogger, Dr. Mary-Pat O’Malley-Keighran. She is a lecturer, author, researcher, speech and language therapist, and lover of all things to do with speech, language, and communication. She has over 20 years’ experience of working with families and 14 years of teaching speech and language students. In her […]

Reading with the multicultural child [guest post]

Reading with the multicultural child [guest post]

It’s a great joy and honour to have Katey Howes join my blog as a guest today! Katey is a mom of three, children’s author and literacy advocate who blogs about raising kids who love to read at Kateywrites. Katey is a native English speaker who studied in Madrid, and now makes New Jersey her […]

Multilingual Parenting: Top 10 posts of 2015 for parents of bilingual children

Multilingual Parenting: Top 10 posts of 2015 for parents of bilingual children

The countdown to year 2016 has started, so let’s look at the year which is coming to an end – here are the top posts of 2015, starting with number 10: 10. Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 1: Considerations Part 2 of this series is on choosing the Family language strategy and […]

10 everyday situations to learn new words with your bilingual child

10 everyday situations to learn new words with your bilingual child

Learn one new word a day in different situations with your child! You can incorporate learning new words and phrases into your everyday life without the need for any preparation or special equipment. To reinforce the learning, try to repeat the previous days’ words by using them in sentences the next day. Of course, always […]

Bilingual families: the role of the majority language parent

Bilingual families: the role of the majority language parent

The majority language parent plays an extremely vital part when raising bilingual children. Most post on the topic of bringing up kids to speak more than one language are written with the minority language mum or dad in mind – including the ones on my site. This is of course understandable, as without the exposure […]