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45 Key Questions Every Parent Raising a Bilingual Child Should Ask

1. What are the benefits, to your mind, in raising a bilingual child? For the child? For you? For your family, near and far? For others? For the world? (Perspective 2 and Perspective 30) 2. How strongly do you believe that your actions each day—even your small actions—make an important difference to the larger success of your bilingual quest? (Perspective 3) 3. Which of your current circumstances are favorable for your success? Which circumstances are less favorable? How will you

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3,333 Posts About Raising Bilingual Children

In July 2014, I opened the gates to The Bilingual Zoo, an online forum, so that the worldwide community which has grown around Bilingual Monkeys could actively provide mutual support and encouragement through their collective experiences and ideas. I’m happy to say that The Bilingual Zoo has since become a very friendly and lively site and a source of ongoing support for many “keepers” of bilingual kids as they navigate the challenges of their bilingual journey. As of today, there

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Recommended Resources: “Think Bilingual”, an Innovative Language-Learning App for Kids

About a year and a half ago, our bilingual journey became a trilingual journey when my kids began learning Spanish alongside Japanese and English. While their level in Spanish is still quite low compared to their native fluency in Japanese and English, they’ve made steady progress with the help of twice-monthly lessons from a friendly woman in Hiroshima who’s originally from Spain and small, daily doses of exposure to Spanish from workbooks and apps. Although I suppose some exposure could

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Recommended Resources: Inspiring Podcasts About Raising Bilingual Children

One of the most challenging aspects of raising a bilingual child is that parenting itself keeps us so busy it can be hard to find the time and energy to read books and blogs on a regular basis to continually stretch our knowledge of the subject and strengthen the effectiveness of our actions. If only there was some way we could continue to learn from others—other parents and professionals—while simply going about our daily routine of childcare, household chores, drives

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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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“Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability”: Start Reading It Today!

UPDATE FOR APRIL 2016: Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability is now available worldwide, as both a paperback and e-book. Just click on the image below to get your copy. As many of you know, I’ve been working on a book about raising bilingual children to bring together the best of my experience over the past 20 years as a teacher and parent of bilingual kids. In fact, it’s taken a lot longer to write this book than I had anticipated—well

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Early Praise for the New Book “Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability”

Update: Click the image below to get your copy of the book! You may recall that one of my resolutions for 2015 was “Finish and share my book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability.” Frankly, this book consumed much of my energy this year—and has been in the making for years before that—but I’m happy to report that I’ve nearly achieved my aim. Over the past few months I’ve been finalizing the manuscript, and a key part of this process has

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Recommended Resources: Lovely Picture Book That Celebrates Being Bilingual

As parents of bilingual kids, one of our most important aims is nurturing a positive attitude toward the minority language. When a child feels that this language has value, that it benefits his or her life, our efforts to promote its growth can be far more effective. The reverse, I’m afraid, is also true, and if the child doesn’t feel much value in learning or using this language, the road ahead will be more difficult and less productive. It’s like

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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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