Don’t let life get on the way of your bilingual journey

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    As the school year progresses, slowly the target or minority languages starts lagging behind. It’s not uncommon for children who are very enthusiastic and speaking or answering to the target language in September to gradually replace that with the majority language. That was certainly the case for us last year. After Easter, we descended into a spiral of …

how to stock up on books when abroad

How to stock up on resources when abroad

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  Visiting the home country on holiday, or another country where the minority language is spoken, is a great opportunity to stock up on resources. Below are a few tips on what to look for when stocking up on resources in the minority language when abroad, whatever your target language. Books galore Books are by far the most important resource. …

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Summer break report (week 4) – Smashed it!

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    After the unbearable heatwave of last week we finally set off on our road trip adventure in Portugal.   The Road Trip Actually, it was more of a mini road trip. We had intended to cover more geographic areas and to visit family around Portugal but as this was our last week, time was limited. We had intended to …

Summer break report (week 3) – delayed by the heatwave

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    Our third week in Portugal brought with it an infernal heatwave and some of the highest temperatures in Europe on record, which affected our plans for the rest of the holiday… Read on to see how was our third week visiting Portugal. This post includes affiliate links, marked with *. See disclaimer for details. Farewell We had to say farewell …

Summer break report (week 2) – exceeding expectations

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    I can’t believe we’re halfway through our time in Portugal already! In week 2 we’ve been leisurely enjoying life in Lisbon. See what we’ve been up to and how the girls have been getting on in relation to their language learning. Party time  We had a 5th birthday party for Sophia in London before we left and promised …

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Summer break report (week 1) – great hopes and expectations

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    We’re now in Portugal, where I’m from – though at this point I’ve spent as much time living in the UK as I have in Portugal. As mentioned in this post, I was looking forward to this long summer holiday and had great hopes and expectations for this trip. In that post, I also encouraged any parents raising …