1 Sep 2015

Their first 10 words: how our life affects our children's languages right from the start

Have you ever thought how your life affects your multilingual's children's language right from the very beginning? We know, as parents of bilingual children, that it is vital to speak our chosen language(s) from the start. We read everywhere about consistency and need. But it is quite amazing to realise how a few changes to our children's life affect their first words, for example. 

23 Aug 2015

Learning to write: a multilingual alphabet

Is your child multilingual learning to write? Is s/he interested in letters? Does s/he ask you what a Y is when you tell him Yoda starts with a Y? Mine does all the time and we have found the perfect solution.

Learning to write when your multilingual can be confusing. Letters have different labels and sounds depending on what language your are learning.

19 Aug 2015

What to do when your child refuses to speak your language? (MKB vlogging telephone)

Today I am sharing with you a few ideas about what to do if your child refuses to speak your language. It happens to us. It happens to a lot of families. LJ, 5,  now claims she cannot understand whenever her father speaks to her in Portuguese and so avoids replying Portuguese that way. What can you do? What can we do?

16 Aug 2015

3 days in Nuremberg with kids

We have just come back from 3 days away with the extended family. We had decided to explore a little more of the Germany we do not know. We spent the 3 days in and around Nuremberg with 3 children aged between 1 and 7. There were so many things to do, we ran out of time. It is definitely a great family destination.

5 Aug 2015

Sicily: pastries, history and bins...

I have hesitated to publish this post for a while now.

A couple of years ago, we spent 2 weeks in Sicily. We love Italy and this was meant to be a great family holiday before the arrival of our second baby. Yet, we were left disappointed when we came back. The holiday was great but we didn't feel like Sicily had lived up to its reputation.

29 Jul 2015

Expat goodbyes

As we reach the summer in the northern hemisphere, goodbyes return in full force. Expats leave to go back home or move to another 'home'. Parties are arranged. And everyone says goodbye. It is a sad time to be an expat. 

Saying goodbye is part of our life and an important step into the expat experience.
When we moved to Germany, we had a big party with all of our colleagues and friends. When I left France, I never said goodbye to anyone because it was only meant to be temporary. I feel as though those missed goodbyes when I left France have cost me a few friends and I have always regretted not having kept more in touch with some of them.

9 Jul 2015

Why going 'home' is not always a holiday

As expats and as a mixed couple, visiting family involves 3 different countries. Christmas is always tough and there is always someone unhappy. For a couple of years, we did Christmas in a different country than the one we lived in and New Year in a third one. But this was exhausting, expensive and quickly became untenable with young kids. Whether it is Christmas or any other holiday/vacation time, the choices are always difficult.

3 Jul 2015

Border life

Borders (or the lack of) have always fascinated me. I have always loved the concept of going from one country to another without having to tell anyone or show anything to anyone. Because when you travel between France and Germany (like we do on a weekly basis), there is no border. You don't even notice you are changing country. There are no (visible) customs, no passport control (although you need some kind of ID just in case).

29 Jun 2015

The book that spoke every language (Read around the world series)

Looking for a book to show your child the linguistic diversity out there? Looking for something where s/he can hear and see what other languages look like?

24 Jun 2015

Multilingualism in my family: Frances' story

Meet Frances and her family. Frances' story is a little different from the ones I have published before in that she only introduced her son to her language when he was 4. But it is a great success story too. Read on. It is never too late!
via Flickr - by Nick W

20 Jun 2015

10 things I want to say to my little world travellers (T is for travel)

Here we are sitting in Orlando Airport, after an awesome 3 weeks road tripping around New Orleans and Florida with two children, watching the airport flight board and wondering where next.

16 Jun 2015

Where to buy bilingual and foreign language books

Do you struggle with ordering bilingual books or books in foreign languages? Do you know of specialised book stores for lesser known languages?

12 Jun 2015

Visitors' guide: 2 days in Washington, D.C. with kids

Trying to plan a fun-filled, kid-friendly weekend? With so many amazing and free museums, it can be difficult to choose. Here are some suggestions to help you plan out your itinerary. 

9 Jun 2015

8 Jun 2015

Disney’s poor track record with foreign accents

Children’s films and cartoons are often based on moral stories where a social message is repeated several times: the good almost always triumphs over the bad. And the women are often mothers, princesses or housekeepers but that’s another topic all together! Disney’s questionably poor track record in including characters of other races has been widely discussed. But what about their linguistic diversity? What do these films tell us about language and accents? What decisions are made about language use and language character?

5 Jun 2015

3 beautiful Portuguese music albums for kids

As a multilingual family, boosting our minority language is a must. I am always on the look-out for quality Portuguese resources. As a non-Portuguese speaker, music is a fantastic way to introduce a language and a culture to your little ones.

30 May 2015

10 tips for flying alone with kids

A few months back, our family went on a little road trip in the U.S.A. The catch was that I had to fly from Germany to Washington, D.C. by myself with my two children as my husband would already be in the U.S.A. on business. This meant saving on a flight for him and we thought it was a good opportunity not to miss. People said I was brave or crazy when I told them about my plans.

26 May 2015

8 May 2015

5 Portuguese printables

We struggle with resources in Portuguese in our house. We manage to get a few books a year through family or trips and ordering over the internet from abroad but it is all a rather costly affair. 

17 Apr 2015

Raising a green baby (German-style)

One year ago today, I was sitting in a German hospital, feeling exhausted but well taken care of and ready for our new adventures as a family of four. My baby was one-day-old and his sister had just turned 4. Having had two children in two different countries (my oldest was born in the U.K.) and being a great believer in all things natural, I am (mostly) loving the way Germans go about raising babies and children in an eco-friendly and green manner.

Read my guest post over on Multicultural Kid Blogs

7 Apr 2015

Every day on our bikes (family cycling in Germany)

Life is good when it is a warm Spring day and the whole family can hop on their bike and go out and explore the world. When we first arrived here, in Germany, we got ourselves new bikes and a bike trailer for our, then, 14 months old. We had to blend in.

2 Apr 2015

Learning a language passively: English update at 5 y.o.

I like to keep little sound bites of my children chatting. I have shared a few in the past. It is a fun way to keep track of their speech development.

Warning: this post contains a 5-year-old speaking English with a funny accent!
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