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The Best (and Worst) of Blogging About Bilingual Kids for 10 Years (Part 1)

My previous post on September 1 marked exactly 10 years since my very first post at Bilingual Monkeys. Honestly, I find it hard to believe two contradictory things about this decade: that 10 years have blinked by so quickly, and also that this blog has somehow managed to endure for so long. Looking back, let me now share some of the best, and worst, of my experience blogging about bilingual kids

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Forget Fluency! Instead, Make This Your Goal When Raising Bilingual Kids.

This year my daughter, now 18, has taken two English proficiency tests. (English is her minority language; Japanese is her majority language.) The first was the highest level of the EIKEN seven-level test, which is widely used in Japan and is essentially a pass-or-fail sort of exam. And the second test, because she’s now applying to university programs in Japan that emphasize English, was the TOEFL

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Bilingual Success Stories #7: Non-Native Parents of English Raise Actively English-Speaking Kids

The bilingual journey of this Spanish family is an encouraging example, in a number of ways, of non-native parents nurturing early success. It shows that, despite being non-native speakers of the target language who acknowledge shortcomings in their own language skills, Cristina and Pedro have nevertheless been able to generate significant progress in their children’s bilingual ability through their attitude and actions. And even when faced with difficulties along the way

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The Top 10 Posts Over the Past 10 Years at Bilingual Monkeys

It’s hard to believe, but this blog is now nearly 10 years old! My very first post was on September 1, 2012 when my kids were just 8 and 5! Today they’re 18 and 15! Since that first post, there have been 488 more! And among this total of 489 posts, the top 10 posts, in terms of page views, are these. I’ll list the links from 10 to 1.

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