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How I Lost My Ear: Fun New Novel from Adam Beck, Founder of Bilingual Monkeys, Is Now Available Worldwide

Friends, I have some really exciting news! My new novel, How I Lost My Ear, is now available worldwide! I actually started writing this book 10 years ago, before I began Bilingual Monkeys and wrote the book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability. So it was a really long project and I’m so happy and relieved that I’ve finally crawled across the finish line! In fact, the story itself was basically completed a year ago but then the process of illustrating

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12 Inspiring Real-Life Stories of Bilingual and Multilingual Families

In the post Do This One Simple Thing and I Guarantee You Greater Success On Your Bilingual Journey, I talked at length about how establishing and sustaining a habit of writing about your experience on a regular basis can be an especially powerful way of fortifying your efforts and your progress on this bilingual or multilingual quest. (While also producing a valuable written record of your family’s experience for the future.) In that post, I wrote… When it comes to

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Burning Questions About Raising Bilingual and Multilingual Children

Questions about the process of raising bilingual and multilingual children—about approaches, tactics, resources, and many more aspects of this experience—are only natural. After all, this is a long journey, with continuous challenges, both large and small, and issues involving effective choices and productive efforts go to the heart of realizing greater success and joy over the childhood years. This is essentially why I began this blog, Bilingual Monkeys, in 2012: My hope, in sharing my experience of working with bilingual

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The Perfect Christmas Gift for Bilingual and Multilingual Families

Get the book at Amazon. (And see 50 five-star reviews from parents.) Get the book at the Book Depository. (And get free shipping to countries worldwide.) Contact me to place a bulk order. (Get a discount on every copy by ordering a larger number of books, for distributing or reselling.) Learn more about the book. Sales of this book help keep our online community going and growing! Thank you for your support (including your reviews, which I really appreciate)! And

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The Top 20 Languages in the World (By Number of First-Language Speakers)

According to Ethnologue, the foremost reference on living languages, there are 7,099 languages spoken in the world today and just 23 of these languages account for more than half of our global population of 7.6 billion people. (See the authoritative Worldometers for remarkable live statistics on our planet’s population.) Among these 23 languages are Malay (#23, with 60.8 million first-language speakers), Persian (#22, with 61.9 million first-language speakers), and Italian (#21, with 63.4 million first-language speakers). Below are the top

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Please Help My Kids and Me Learn Spanish! (With Expert Advice from Jennifer Brunk of Spanish Playground)

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that my children are currently 13 and 10 and that their majority language is Japanese and their minority language is English. At this point, their ability in each of these languages is comparable to their monolingual peers. In other words, they essentially have two native languages and can use both freely to communicate or to read and write. What you may not know—since I haven’t yet mentioned this much—is that my kids

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Foreign Language Rights Now Available for Translations of This Popular Book on Raising Bilingual Children

Since its release in April 2016, the original English edition of Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids has earned passionate praise from both parents and experts in the field and generated strong sales around the world in both paperback and digital versions. Bilingual Adventures, the publishing imprint behind the book, is now inviting offers, from publishers worldwide, for the foreign language rights to this popular book on a topic of

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The Basic Formula for Bilingual Success

One of the most rewarding things about running The Bilingual Zoo, the friendly (and free) forum I opened in 2014, is the opportunity to follow the progress made by parents and children over time. It’s always a thrill for me when a thread begun by a parent, concerned over a child’s language development, is updated after six months or a year with happy news of stronger progress. This happens regularly, and the latest example is Stefania’s thread, which she updated

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Recommended Resources: Great Books and Blogs for Nurturing a Child’s Multicultural Spirit

One of the deeper themes of my efforts to support the bilingual and multilingual journey of families in the world—as I stress in such posts as Why Raising a Bilingual Child Matters in a World Gone Mad and Why Your Bilingual Child Is Tied, Profoundly, to Hiroshima and Peace—is the idea that children with ability in more than one language can potentially feel keener empathy for others and contribute to creating a more harmonious world through their outlook and actions.

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Raising Bilingual or Multilingual Kids? Don’t Miss These Helpful Resources!

As I now offer a wide range of resources designed to support parents on a bilingual or multilingual journey with their children, I thought it might be helpful to finally bring them together in a single, handy post. Most of these resources are completely free. This page may be worth bookmarking and sharing, and as the number of resources continues to grow or change, I’ll make a point of updating this information. Bilingual Monkeys FREE All this began with the

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This Book on Raising Bilingual Children Can Have a Powerful Impact on Your Family, Too

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability is now 1 year old! Since it’s release exactly one year ago, Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids has provided a powerful boost to families around the world. While the book has been widely praised by many parents and experts in the field, today, on this first anniversary, I’d like to spotlight the impressions of one particular reader, a mother of two

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