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Blogging Carnival: The Many Things We Love About Bilingual Kids

Because the focus of raising bilingual children is very often (and naturally enough) on the substantial challenges involved in this aim, I thought it would be nice to set all that aside for a moment and simply stress the things we love about having bilingual kids. I say “we” because this post was prepared for the February edition of the Raising Multilingual Children Blogging Carnival, maintained by Annabelle at The PiriPiri Lexicon, and shares posts made by other bloggers, too,

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The Emotional Challenge of Speaking the Minority Language in a Majority Language Environment

One of the most-visited posts at this site is What Language Should I Speak in Public with My Bilingual Child?, which has also generated a rich conversation of more than 80 comments to date. The interest in this question surely stems from the fact that this is an issue which in some way, to some degree, affects the great majority of parents seeking to raise a bilingual child. In fact, scratch the surface of this broad question and you discover

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22 Funny Tongue Twisters for Kids (And Why Tongue Twisters Are Terrific for Language Development)

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t challenge my kids to repeat a tongue twister that emerges naturally from our interactions. The truth is, because tongue twisters are such a fun and effective form of engagement in the target language, my ears are continuously pricked for this opportunity. Two examples, one older and one more recent… 1. When my son entered first grade, he chose a black backpack for school. Of course, it was hard to overlook the wonderful

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Free E-Book for Parents Raising Bilingual Children from Adam Beck, the Founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo

In spring 2014, I released the e-book Instant Inspiration for Parents Raising Bilingual Kids. The response to this unique resource was very positive and I’m so thankful to all those who made a contribution, in exchange for the e-book, to help support my work at Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo. As promised, 100% of these funds have gone toward maintaining and enhancing these two websites. Meanwhile, I’ve also heard from some parents who wanted a copy of the e-book

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How High a Priority is Your Bilingual Journey?

This question cuts right to the heart of the efforts you make and the results you produce. If you’re not satisfied with those results, it would be wise to look long and hard at how high this priority really is in your life. The other day I posted a new challenge at The Bilingual Zoo… Challenge #8: Make This the Highest Priority You Can This challenge has prompted a wave of constructive thinking and discussion among members of The Bilingual

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Guided Tour of the Bigger and Better Bilingual Zoo (Bring Your Own Bananas)

Last July, to complement this blog, I opened the gates to The Bilingual Zoo, a forum for “keepers” of bilingual (and multilingual) children. Over the past nine months, this forum has grown into a thriving community of parents and teachers from around the world. As of this blog post… The Bilingual Zoo has 310 registered members. There are 11 boards with a total of 346 threads and 1,917 posts. The site welcomes about 200 members and guests each day. Meanwhile,

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50 Activities with Animals to Engage Your Bilingual Kids in the Minority Language

I suppose you’ve noticed: Animals often appear in my posts, and I’m not just talking about my two monkeys. In fact, in my last post, Adam’s Fables for Raising Bilingual Kids, I used animals to create little analogies about issues involving bilingualism and children. I even made an earlier post, called Bilingual Kids and the Animal Kingdom, where I shared my life-long love of animals and offered a list of links to many of the posts where animals make an

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Interview with a Father Raising a Bilingual Child with Autism, Part 2

It’s been over a year since our first interview. What has changed for your family since then? Teeda is now getting ready to go to elementary school, and his little sister Ursula is a very verbal, sly 4 year old. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to raising both of our children bilingually. Thanks to my shorter commute, I get to spend more time with the kids than my partner, so breakfast, school runs and so on are all in

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Recommended Resources: “Little Lexicon,” a Fun, Innovative App for Budding Bilingual Kids and Confused Loved Ones

Although I’ve been keeping a journal about my kids since they were born, one thing I wish I had done with more discipline was making notes about their first words—even their first half-formed words. For example, when Lulu was about 18 months old, I wrote… Lulu’s first sign of distinguishing English and Japanese occurred in February 2006 when she began, but not always accurately, using “up” to me when she wanted me to pick her up and “dak” (for “dakko”)

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The Bilingual Zoo: A Free Community for Keepers of Bilingual Kids

What is the Bilingual Zoo? The Bilingual Zoo is an online community for parents and teachers of bilingual (and multilingual) children. The kind support of the Bilingual Monkeys audience has enabled me to develop a friendly forum to complement the information found on this site. The forum provides a space for us to interact more directly and personally, thereby overcoming distance and isolation and empowering our mutual success on the bilingual journey. What are the benefits of becoming a member?

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Bilingual Style: Celebrating and Supporting the Bilingual Journey

What is Bilingual Style? Bilingual Style is an online store with fun, one-of-a-kind products for parents of bilingual (and trilingual) children. (Teachers and adults with more than one language may find something they like, too!) Products from Bilingual Style are not only unique and appealing, they are designed to celebrate your family’s bilingual identity and support your long-term success by serving as daily reminders of your mission. Who is behind Bilingual Style? Bilingual Monkeys has partnered with Zazzle, an online

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