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Wonderful Review of “Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability”

BREAKING NEWS: There’s a wonderful new review of my book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids at the popular site Spanish Playground. This review is especially gratifying to me because Jennifer Brunk has captured the content and spirit of the book so well in her impressions. Here’s the first part of her detailed review… To read the whole review, please visit this page at Spanish Playground… Raising Bilingual Kids:

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Recommended Resources: Lovely Bilingual Products for Families and Schools from Lil’ollo

When Alexandra Nicoletti, the creative force behind the new UK-based company Lil’ollo, contacted me not long ago, I quickly discovered that she and her team are creating some of the loveliest products available for bilingual children and their families. And not only are the Lil’ollo products well-designed and well-made, but Alex is producing items that are uniquely special, too. Would you like a beautiful map of the world that can actually be personalized with the names of family members and

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Guest Post: Promote the Minority Language With Small Bilingual Children Through Playful Games and Activities

My husband and I use the “one person, one language” method to raise our children. We live in Australia and English is the community language. We never speak English with the children inside or outside our home. I speak French to the children and my husband speaks Spanish to them. Between the two of us, we use Spanish. We’re lucky in a sense because I’m fluent in Spanish and my husband can speak French so we can speak freely to

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What the World Is Saying About My Book On Raising Bilingual Children

I’m happy to report that the response to my book, from both leaders in the field and parents around the world, has been extremely positive. Below I’ll share a sampling of these impressions, along with links to interviews in which I talk about the book on audio or video. First, though, please let me make another appeal for your support. 1. If you haven’t read the book yet, I’m confident it can give the same kind of empowering boost to

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Recommended Resources: “Maintaining Your Second Language” for Non-Native Parents, Language Professionals, and Language Learners

Are you a parent seeking to raise a bilingual child in a non-native language? A teacher who teaches a language that isn’t your mother tongue, or a subject where you must use a second language in your instruction? A translator or interpreter who wants to continue sharpening your language skills? Or maybe a student or language lover who would like to improve your ability more quickly and more enjoyably? If you fit one (or more) of these profiles, I urge

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Guest Post: A Writer’s Perspective on the Value of Bilingual Books for Children, Families, and Schools

Infancy and early childhood are critical periods for language development. During these periods, all children have their highest potential to learn multiple languages without special effort. When families have speakers of different languages, they have the opportunity to easily gift their children with a highly valued and useful competency. For these families and their children, bilingual books are very helpful tools to succeed in this effort. Benefits for families Reading to children from early infancy provides permanent benefits, both for

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Take This Quiz on Bilingual Acquisition in Children! How Many Will You Get Right?

I have another quiz for you about raising bilingual kids! (This is the third quiz at Bilingual Monkeys. Try the first quiz and the second quiz, too.) For this new quiz, I’ve created questions based on information found in Annick De Houwer’s book Bilingual First Language Acquisition. To read my impressions of the book, see Recommended Resources: Books on Bilingual Acquisition by Prominent Researcher Annick De Houwer. That post also features an insightful interview with the author. Ready for the

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Recommended Resources: Books on Bilingual Acquisition by Prominent Researcher Annick De Houwer

Want to learn more about the science behind your child’s bilingual development? You won’t find a more knowledgeable guide than Annick De Houwer. Dr. De Houwer, a professor of language acquisition and multilingualism at the University of Erfurt in Germany, is a leading scholar and researcher in the field of early child bilingualism and has written two excellent textbooks on the subject. Her work, in fact, has greatly enriched my own thinking and writing when it comes to the practical

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My Favorite Metaphor for Raising Bilingual Children

Note: Today’s post is from the preface to my book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids, available worldwide at Amazon and other retailers. Not far from my house in Hiroshima, Japan are several wide rice paddies nestled among apartment buildings and homes. In the autumn these fields are thick with tall, green stalks, nodding their heavy loads of rice. Growing a good crop of rice isn’t easy. Rice farmers

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Raising a Bilingual Child? Raise the Odds of Success for Your Family!

Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. —Nido Quebein Think of it this way: Raising a child to be bilingual is about odds and each family’s odds of success will be higher or lower depending on their particular circumstances and how proactive they are about shaping these conditions in effective ways. My experience as a teacher at Hiroshima International School demonstrates that the odds of a Japanese child successfully becoming bilingual are

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