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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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Podcast Episode: The Gift of Bilingualism

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dolores Guiñazú, the executive director of Lift Value, a company that provides a range of helpful language services to clients worldwide. Dolores also offers a very thoughtful podcast called Attitudeable and I was honored to join her to share my personal perspective on raising bilingual children.

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New Podcast Interview with Adam Beck on Raising Bilingual Children (Plus 8 More Interviews About Bilingual Kids!)

The other day I had the pleasure of speaking to Scott Davison at The Dad Train for a podcast episode about Raising Bilingual Children. We had a great conversation and I hope all you dads (and moms) out there enjoy it! Raising Bilingual Children, with Adam Beck – Episode 18 And if you’re in the mood for more interviews that I’ve taken part in previously, here are those links, too… Podcast Interviews Raising a Bilingual Child – Episode 37 Preschool

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HaBilNet, an Empowering New Source of Support for Parents Raising Bilingual Kids

I’m so pleased to tell you that there’s a new organization which is quickly proving to be an empowering source of support for bilingual and multilingual families around the world. HaBilNet stands for the Harmonious Bilingualism Network and as the homepage states: “HaBilNet promotes and carries out research on harmonious bilingual development. Through HaBilNet you can gain access to research-based sources that will help your family develop bilingualism in harmonious ways.” HaBilNet is the brainchild of Dr. Annick De Houwer,

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Bilingual Lives: Beatrice Beckmann, Founder of KinderBooks, a Subscription Service for Children’s Books

To successfully raise a bilingual or multilingual child, the main requirement is language exposure: the child must receive an ample amount of meaningful input in the target language (or languages) on a regular basis. And the more of this input you can provide, from yourself and/or from other sources of exposure, the greater the odds of fostering active language ability. The two central pillars for providing this exposure are abundant speech (from you or from other speakers of the target

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Bilingual Lives: Victor Santos, Creator of Innovative Language-Learning Resources

When Victor Santos contacted me earlier this year, to share the innovative language-learning flashcards that he and his wife developed for their young son—and now for children throughout the world—I was immediately impressed with the thought and creativity that have gone into them. The fact is, these flashcards are unique, unlike any others you’ll currently find on the market, and could well be a valuable addition to the resources you use to promote your target language(s). I was also impressed

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Fantastic Bilingual Book Project for Children and Parents

Two years ago, I shared a creative project that was carried out by Nellie Robertson and her two children. They live in the U.S. and Nellie is originally from Hungary, which means that English is their majority language and Hungarian is their minority language. The project took place over the course of a full year and involved a stuffed alligator named Alfonzo, who they sent on a worldwide trip to enjoy “homestays” with a number of families (including mine!) who

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Bilingual Lives: Ana Cristina Gluck, Author and Publisher of Multilingual Books for Children

Have you ever thought about writing a children’s book? I think this idea has crossed the minds of many people, particularly parents who read a lot of picture books to their own kids. And some of these parents, of course, are seeking to raise bilingual children and so the book they imagine writing would be in their mother tongue, to help their kids—and other kids in the world—learn that language and appreciate that culture. Well, one parent who has fulfilled

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Bilingual Lives: Delia Berlin, Author of Bilingual Picture Books

Ever wonder about the value of bilingual books for kids? Delia Berlin, an author of bilingual picture books who grew up in Argentina and Brazil yet has lived in the United States through her adult years, wrote a very insightful guest post on this subject… A Writer’s Perspective on the Value of Bilingual Books for Children, Families, and Schools Honestly, Delia’s post had me looking at the value of bilingual books in a broader light and because I felt she

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