Archive for the Bilingual Parenting Category

Raising a Bilingual Child? Be Strong and Be Joyful on the Bilingual Parenting Journey

Raising a Bilingual Child? Be Strong and Be Joyful on the Bilingual Parenting Journey

We’ve all heard the adage “hindsight is 20/20.”  Looking back on the early days of when we first set out on our family language-learning journey reveals to me how important it is to change things up and to remain flexible with how we approach the process.  It’s sometimes easy to forget during rough patches, but I have learned that having fun with the kids as they learn is more important than concrete measurements like how many phonetic […]

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Happy Thanksgiving: Words and Phrases to Know in Chinese

Happy Thanksgiving: Words and Phrases to Know in Chinese

Thanksgiving is almost here! The holiday season is a great time to introduce fun and exciting new words, phrases, and sentences to children in your target language.  My kids and I put together a fun word list every week. We talk about the meaning of each word.  We make sentences and we make up a story using as many new words/phrases as possible.  Then we cook and bake to make our tummies happy while we are learning.  […]

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Meet Adam Beck, Author of Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability

Meet Adam Beck, Author of Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability

  Bilingual family profile: Majority language: Japanese. Minority (target) language: English. Method used for Adam’s family: OPOL (One Parent One Language) since birth of the children. Location of this bilingual family: Japan. Adam is raising his children in English and Japaneses in Japan.  Adam only speaks English to his kids.  His wife is Japanese and she only speaks Japanese to the children.  The children go to the local Japanese school.  The language used by the siblings when […]

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A Bilingual Family Journey Interview with Mingjung Chen and Joweina Hsiao

A Bilingual Family Journey Interview with Mingjung Chen and Joweina Hsiao

A Bilingual Family Journey interview with Angela Mingjung Chen, World Language Chinese Instructor and linguist along with her daughter, Joweina Hsiao.  You will hear their story from both the mother’s  and the daughter’s perspectives.  How does Angela keep her heritage language (Chinese) and culture alive at home?  Angela shares her insight on bringing up her bilingual/multilingual children as a native Chinese speaker.  Joweina, a sophomore in college gives her take on her multilingual journey growing up. You […]

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An Interview with My Son on Learning His Heritage Language-Chinese

An Interview with My Son on Learning His Heritage Language-Chinese

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  I am delighted to see the schools and libraries have shared various resources with children, parents and educators.  When I lived in Hawaii the celebration of heritage culture seems so natural and it seems like it is a part of everyday life.  My kids are one of the many HAPA kids at schools.  “Hapa” is a Hawaiian pidgin word used to describe mixed-race people — primarily, though not exclusively, those […]

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6 Things I Love About Bilingual Kids…

6 Things I Love About Bilingual Kids...

  Love and laughter are a wonderful part of the bilingual journey. Along the way I’ve discovered these secrets of bilingual kids!   Here are 6 things I love about bilingual kids: 1.  They are curious in two languages. When they see something new they always want to know more about it, what to call it, and why. 2.  Their sense of humor is doubled – at least. They tell jokes in two languages, and even in […]

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