I’m no flag waver but…it’s the World Cup!

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      It’s Football World Cup season and whether you like football or not, it’s a good opportunity to connect with your culture and to get your kids involved. International competitions like this bring national identity and pride out of people. I usually don’t watch football but international competitions bring the aficionada in me. Just yesterday I found myself …

The Royal Wedding and our own way of raising happy bilingual children

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    I was never into princesses and getting married but somehow my 3 and 4-year-old daughters are. The eldest is not just ‘into’ it, she’s obsessed with ­wedding dresses, rings and getting married with anyone and everyone. This was happening even before the excitement around the Royal Wedding between Harry and Meghan reached fever pitch. I thought I would share …

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Why playgroups and playdates are worth it

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  Creating the need to speak the target language and providing exposure to various sources are central to language development in bilingual children. It’s not so hard to find Spanish, Polish and French playgroups or language classes in large cities like London. But what about other languages? Joining, or starting a minority language playgroup, or even just a social meet …

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9 steps to setting up a popular language playgroup

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This is a very generic guide to setting up a popular language playgroup, to give you an idea of what’s involved. If you’re based in the UK, and wish to proceed in setting up a playgroup, I recommend that you contact the Pre-School Learning Alliance for guidance and legal requirements. If you’re based outside the UK, contact the body that regulates …

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17 things to do with the kids during half term

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“Not another school holiday!” most parents are thinking just as many schools in the UK start a two weeks Easter Holiday. Whether you’re a full time working parent or a stay at home parent, you may well be dreading it. “How am I going to entertain the kids over two weeks!!??”. Don’t fret, here are a few suggestions. *This post …

The day I decided to tattoo my hand… to remind me to speak my mother tongue

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I never had a problem with tattoos. Some are truly beautiful and meaningful. It’s just too permanent for me. I feel like I’m in constant evolution and didn’t want to be tied down to one single embellishment on my skin forever. Until one day, frustrated with my ability to remember to speak the target language, and being acutely aware of …

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The letter I would like to receive from my daughter on Mother’s day  

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This is the letter I would like to receive from my daughter on Mother’s Day in 30 years time.   Mummy, I love you to the moon and back and back again and around all the planets… forever. You’re the best mummy in the world. You’re fun and inspiring. You’re honest, creative, and a professional role model. You’re not perfect …

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5 awesome benefits of being bilingual

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It’s incredible to think that until recently the accepted view was that being bilingual was inherently bad. This week is International Mother Language Day which makes it timely to remind people of the benefits of being bilingual. Until recently it was thought that bilingual children would be confused by two languages, have lower intelligence and behave in deviant ways. Many …