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Raising Bilingual Children: Confessions of a Struggling Mum

I have been having a few wobbles lately about what is, at this time, my utter failure at raising bilingual children. It’s not something that bilingual parents talk about online very openly that I’ve seen. There are a lot of blog posts about the theory and practices that work at raising bilingual children, and a lot of ‘this is […]

Language Development and Bilingualism

Language Development and Bilingualism

  source One of the many questions a parent may ask themselves when trying to raise a bilingual child is: ‘will my child be at a disadvantage?’ ‘Will his understanding be delayed?’ ‘Will she be able to advance at the same pace because of having to learn two languages or more?’ The answer to all […]

In which a French person replied to me i...

In which a French person replied to me in English

The French Market was back in town this weekend. It was advertised as such but it would be more accurate to call it the International Market, as there were Italian and Spanish stalls too. There was no bakery either, which is near sacrilegious and not very French at all! As per usual I lurked around […]

Dodgy French in books

Dodgy French in books

Novel writers occasionally like to use foreign language to convey the fact that their character is in or from another country. Unfortunately these writers often don’t research said foreign language in any depth before sending their work to the printers – or so it seems to me. Some you can tell have tried hard to […]

Noises animals make

Noises animals make

I have started reading to my daughter and her favourite book tells the story of a butterfly who wants to play but none of the other animals want to (it does end well by the way, the ducks are quite keen). We don’t yet have many French books so I have been translating it as […]

Say it Like it’s Written Dear

Say it Like it’s Written Dear

English pronunciation exist to confound me. There are some things I just can’t say. It’s one of those embarrassing things that must happen to everyone when they are not speaking their mother-tongue. Like ‘rabid’. Does it rhyme with rabbi? I never remember. Thankfully it’s not a word I use regularly. There are others that I […]

 
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