A Bilingual Love Story

A Bilingual Love Story

A Bilingual Love Story

When you hear the words love and story I bet you start thinking about two people poetically in love. Add Italy and you can already picture the two of them sharing dinner at a ristorante like Lady and The Tramp with candles slowly burning between their glasses of wine. And even if a love story about Italy often involves a man with dark eyelashes and a charming accent, we'll leave the men for now.

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World Book Day 2019 - Bilingual Book Ideas

World Book Day 2019 - Bilingual Book Ideas

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again when we all celebrate the brilliant initiative World Book Day! It seems to come around so quickly and this year I have two children old enough to take part!

They will be going to school as a shark and a penguin carrying their favourite books. There has been a bit of backlash this year from people claiming that children just dress up and don’t actually care about the books.

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How fluent would you like your child's language to be?

How fluent would you like your child's language to be?

How fluent would you like your child's language to be?

Bilingual Children - Week #21

This week on Bilingual children I’m sharing a document I’ve created on levels of fluency.

It’s very easy to have in your mind that you would like your child to be bilingual without maybe considering what this really means.

If you think long and hard about how you would like your child to use a language; where they will use it? How well they will speak it? This will help you decide how much learning and effort needs to go into the process.

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The trials of raising a bilingual child in small-town Italy

The trials of raising a bilingual child in small-town Italy

The trials of raising a bilingual child in small-town Italy - Guest post by Rochelle Del Borrello

This week I'm delighted to welcome Rochelle Del Borrello from the wonderful blog Sicily Inside & Out Rochelle is an Australian with Italian heritage and lives in Sicily. She is married to an Italian and has been raising her little boy with her native English from birth. I love that she explains so well the real daily challenge of raising a bilingual child. You do need to be persistent but the rewards are immense! I’m very excited to look for podcasts for children as well!

Have a read of her lovely insights into raising a child in the minority language but in an area of Italy where English is not widely spoken.

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How to nurture happy bilingual babies, minus the anxiety

How to nurture happy bilingual babies, minus the anxiety

How to nurture happy bilingual babies, minus the anxiety

Bilingual Children - Week #19

Welcome back to Mammaprada! I feel like we are starting afresh with the new school term. 

I hope you all had a lovely Summer and had some time with friends and family either at home or abroad. What did you get up to? Tell me below in the comments!

Thank you to everyone who is a regular reader of Mammaprada. It's great to have you back again and there is A LOT coming over the next few months. I will have both of my children in school finally! So my capacity has increased and all the little projects I've been dying to get off the ground I am hoping will come to fruition! 

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7 Language learning hacks for holidays

7 Language learning hacks for holidays

7 Language learning hacks for holidays

Are you off on holiday soon and not sure who to keep up with your child' language learning? Or maybe you're around this Summer and would love to begin or continue the momentum you've created? 

If so I've gathered together 7 products which can be used at home or away without taking up too much space. 

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5 Tips for Teaching your Child a Language (Bilingual Week 11)

5 Tips for Teaching your Child a Language (Bilingual Week 11)

5 Tips for Teaching your Child a Language

Interview with Will Collier of Little Linguists Library

1. Do it together and set a target

When was the last time you learned something with your child rather than simply helping them to learn something you already knew? Kids love it when the grown-ups are in the same position as them. 

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Little Linguists Library – Learn a Language with your Child (Bilingual Week 10)

Little Linguists Library – Learn a Language with your Child (Bilingual Week 10)

Little Linguists Library – Learn a Language with your Child

Do you have children learning languages at school? Or do you have little ones who you would like to give a head start at a second language but you don't speak one yourself? 

This week I'm interviewing Will Collier, founder of Little Linguists Library. Will is creating a series of books which help parents learn or support their child to learn another language, even if they can't speak a second one themselves. 

This is a huge stumbling block for many parents and it seems Will has found the answer! 

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World Book Day - Bilingual Children - Week #8

World Book Day - Bilingual Children - Week #8

World Book Day

This week in honour of the brilliant initiative World Book Day, we are concentrating on great bilingual books in a variety of languages. 

World Book Day is a day for celebrating anyone involved in the creation of books and stories and most importantly it’s a celebration of reading.

UNESCO have recognised it as a worldwide project to promote books and reading, and it's celebrated in over 100 countries all over the world.

The initiative has been running for 21 years and the next one will take place on 1st March 2018.

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Bilingual Children - Week #1

Bilingual Children - Week #1

Our Bilingual Week

I'm starting a new series on Mammaprada. Every Wednesday I will give you a little insight into our bilingual learning. What has challenged us and which products we've found useful. There will be some interviews with others raising bilingual children, an expert in the subject or a creator of a product or service which helps us all in raising our children bilingually. 

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What to Consider as you Raise Bilingual Children

What to Consider as you Raise Bilingual Children

This topic is the foundation of what Mammaprada is all about. We don't profess to be experts, we are simply parents hoping to pass on the best of our dual heritage to our children and to give them, in our eyes the benefit of two languages from birth.

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