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Our first Christmas back home and impact on language acquisition

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This was supposed to be our first Christmas as a family back ‘home’. I flew over with the 2 and 4 year olds and Daddy was to follow a few days later, due to work commitments. Things did not go to plan… Daddy fell ill and was not able to fly on doctor’s orders. And that’s how the girls and …

Cascais Christmas Village

Cascais Christmas Village: boutique Christmas experience on a budget near Lisbon

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If you read my last post, The Christmas Tag, you’ll know I’m not the biggest fan of the commercial side of Christmas. I’ve never even taken my girls to a Father Christmas Grotto, that’s how much I dislike that kind of thing – and queues! The Cascais Christmas Village is no Winter Wonderland in Hyde park, which I’ve been to …

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Going home for Christmas – 7 things to make the most of this trip  

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  We’re going back home for Christmas next week and I’ve not prepared anything – a very southern European trait. We keep being told that the best way to encourage bilingualism in any age is immersion – the longer the exposure to the target language, the better. So this year we booked a trip to my home country – Portugal. …