I just read Eowyn Crisfield’s post “The Importance of Monolingual Situations for Bilinguals“ about how to get children use the minority language. The most effective way is to build a social environment that shares the language(s). But this is not always possible. Maybe you’ll find families who share […]
For the second time I played an active part at the European Day of Languages ( see about this here) at my childrens’ school. 12 Languages were represented in a sort of Language Village and children from the whole Senior School had the opportunity to walk around and […]
Parenting abroad means getting in touch with other styles of parenting. What do you adopt from other cultures?
When monolingual parents hear their children mix their languages, they often get irritated and start worrying. Will their children ever really be consistent in one of the languages? Is code switching the same as lack of fluency? Voxy pointed out this last assumption in a post.To sum it […]
Embed from Getty Images In articles about bilingualism and OPOL we usually find two different labels: “one parent – one language” or “one person – one language” which, in my opinion, is a bit misleading. The term of OPOL was first introduced by the french linguist Maurice Grammont […]
I was reading several blogs about expats, Third Culture Kids, Adult Third Culture Kids, Global Nomads and was wondering about the definitions of all these terms. An expat is “a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person’s upbringing”. The […]
Also known as idioglossia, autonomous language or cryptophasia, the phenomenon of the secret language among twins, twin language, twin talk has fascinated both parents and researchers. It is a spoken language – sometimes also a language of gestures and body language – that twins adopt to communicate among […]
When my son was born, my husband and I were living in Italy and expected to stay for a long time. Italian is one of my two mother tongues and it was very natural for me to talk Italian to my son from the beginning. Our home languages […]