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Live Chat with Adam Beck of Bilingual Monkeys on May 24! (If you missed it, you can watch the video!)

Friends, come join me and Tiara Harris of Chocolate Sushi Roll for the very first episode of “Bilingual Kid Talk”! If this first live chat works well enough, we’ll be back monthly for more episodes, talking about raising bilingual kids and responding to questions from out there in the world! (We did do a trial run the other day, which went pretty smoothly, but since it’s live, anything could happen, especially when you mix in some monkeys!) We’ll start at

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Play This Great Indoor Game with Your Kids (And Get Them Eagerly Reading, Too)

The other day at The Bilingual Zoo, one mother (thanks, Judit!) described a game she was playing with her young son in the house and how much fun it was for them both. And, at the same time, how it got him reading eagerly in their target language. Reading about her experience, I fondly recalled the times I played this game with my own kids when they were small. And I thought: “Yeah, they’re now teenagers, but I bet they

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Free for Families: My Fun-Filled Novel, in the Spirit of Roald Dahl, for Children and Adults

**Finalist in both the Readers’ Favorite 2019 International Book Award Contest and the 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards.** “How I Lost My Ear is an extraordinary imaginative achievement.” “Adam Beck is a master storyteller, a master of invention.” “Reminds me of the best of Roald Dahl.” Friends, it’s hard to say how long we’ll be sheltered at home because of the coronovirus, but as long as this lasts, I’m making the digital version of my fun-filled novel available

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Can This Difficult Time Also Be an Opportunity for Your Family?

What a surreal six weeks since my last post. The swift, worldwide spread of the coronavirus has abruptly upended the lives we had grown so accustomed to living—and has even stirred deep pangs of existential anxiety about survival itself. (Full disclosure: I have a congenital heart condition—which I only found out about two years ago—and though I’m still reasonably healthy, this probably puts me at a higher risk of more serious illness.) Still, as trying as this time is, in

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Big News About My Blog!

Friends, I have big news! Nearly eight years have passed since I founded the Bilingual Monkeys blog. I somehow managed to build the site myself, and keep it running longer than I expected, but over these years the technology behind it has grown old and it doesn’t perform very well these days. So I’ve finally come to a crossroads: either I renew the site—and that means redesigning it completely, which, considering its size now, is a pretty massive task—or I

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My Daughter Hits the Biggest Milestone of Our Bilingual Journey Together

My daughter, Lulu, will be 16 in a few months and this blog has followed her progress as a bilingual child in Japanese and English (trilingual, if we count her growing Spanish, too) over the past 8 years. There have been a lot of large milestones over these years—both in her language development and in her rising maturity—and I’ve shared many of them, including… “I Can Help People”: I Interview My Daughter on Being Bilingual (March 22, 2013) Big Breakthrough

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