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Children’s activity for a winter rainy day: potato stamps

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*This post includes affiliate links (marked with *). I only recommend products that I like. See disclaimer for details.   It’s winter, it’s cold and it’s and wet. Playing outside is out of the question. The children are bored. What are we going to do? Painting! To be honest, the last time we did a painting activity was months ago. When they’re …

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Fish, coffee and custard pastry – the role of food in raising bilingual children

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This post needs a disclaimer – I love food and it plays a huge role in my life. Some people may not feel so strongly about it. If that’s the case, they still may find this post interesting in guiding their bilingual journey. Food as culture Most people will agree that culture is not just poetry, museums and ballet. The …

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Drawing with children – another opportunity for bonding and language acquisition

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When you look at this picture you may be confused – did a child draw that?! I know. It’s not my finest work. I even considered not sharing it at all, concerned it would risk my reputation. Sod that. I want to help other parents of bilingual children and I want to do it with honesty. This drawing is from …

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Learning Languages with Netflix

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Did you know that, anywhere you’re in the world (or nearly) you can watch Netflix content in other languages, therefore supporting your family’s language learning? Maybe even the target language in your bilingual journey? That’s right, the content is doubled, and has subtitles, in other language such as Portuguese, Spanish, German and French. And the beauty is that both the …

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Watching Netflix in other languages

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Netflix, the entertainment company specialising in streaming media and video on-demand online, is present in over 190 countries, counting more than 100 million subscribers. Some of the content is available in other languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, German and French. What languages are available can vary from country to country so the best is to check for yourself. You need …

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Quick tip to captivate bilingual children towards target language resources – Tip #1: pick characters they like

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As mentioned in a previous post, it’s really hard to compete with the amazing offer of books written in English here in the UK. The variety and quality is absolutely spectacular. Here I share a quick tip to captivate bilingual children towards target language resources. When we last visited back home, I was determined to stock up on books in …

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Apps – various languages

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We’re spoilt for choice with English language apps for children, but I could find very little of quality in Portuguese, especially European Portuguese. I searched far and wide, downloaded tens of apps only to find that they were no good. I let go of anything that was not well executed, that had adverts or no child lock for in-app purchases. …

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Youtube – playlist of Youtube shows in Portuguese

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Below is a playlist of Youtube shows in Portuguese that our girls (2 and 4 years old) watch on Youtube. A word of caution, I advise you not to leave children watch Youtube alone. Read more here. All the channels listed below are in European Portuguese unless otherwise stated   Xana Toc Toc Vibrant original songs sung by a colourful …