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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Brexit News! Why should I learn a language - Post Brexit?

Brexit News! Why should I learn a language - Post Brexit?

Brexit News! Why should I learn a language - Post Brexit?

With the parliamentary vote on Theresa May’s Brexit Deal meant to be taking place TODAY. Then chaos has taken over once again and it’s now delayed! I thought this would be a good time to reassess this question!

Why should I learn a language post Brexit? This was a very popular article last time it was published so I thought I would share again today and see how we feel about it now, almost a year later!

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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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German Bilingual Children's Books - Week #20

German Bilingual Children's Books - Week #20

German Bilingual Children's Books

Bilingual Children - Week #20

This week on our Bilingual Children series I'm focusing on German resources. 

This is actually a language I studied at school and although I'm very rusty, I'm considering introducing it to my son as his third language. 

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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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Italian Bilingual Children's Books

Italian Bilingual Children's Books

Italian Bilingual Children's Books

Bilingual Children - Week #15

This week on our Bilingual Children series I've decided to focus on a language close to our family's heart! Italian!

I suspect this will mainly be useful for those of you who are either Italian yourselves or raising Italian children in the UK. But if you are planning on going on holiday to Italy these can also be useful to get by, for adults and children alike! 

I've put together a list of resources for different age groups, which will help you introduce Italian at home, should you wish to! 

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French Bilingual Children's Books - Week #14

French Bilingual Children's Books - Week #14

French Bilingual Children's Books

Bilingual Children - Week #14

This week on our Bilingual Children series I've decided to focus on the French language. 

Hopefully this will be useful as many families will have French as one of their home languages. However even if your family is monolingual this is one of the first languages English speaking children learn at school.

I've put together a list of resources for different age groups, which will help you introduce French at home, should you wish to! 

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Tips For Submitting Minority Language to Memory

Tips For Submitting Minority Language to Memory

Bilingual Children - Week #13

All words are equal, but some words are more equal than others

When I started attaching a word of the day to the front door before going to work, back in September 2016. I didn’t have a real plan: I didn’t know how long it would have lasted for, I didn’t focused on any particular group of words.

I didn’t set a target . It was only my genuine desire to grow my son’s vocabulary in the minority language. A simple yet unrefined attempt to boost the number of words he could understand and pronounce in Italian.

It was a Monday to Friday exercise and started almost by chance.

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Bilingual Children - Week #12

Bilingual Children - Week #12

How to stay Bilingual on holiday!

So how do you keep your language learning on track while you're away. You may think it's easier when you're in a routine but going somewhere new can actually help bolster the learning for your children rather than throw them off course.

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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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Bilingual Children - Week #9

Bilingual Children - Week #9

Bilingual Children - Week #9

This week on Bilingual Children I decided to actually interview my children about learning languages and their two cultures! 

You've heard don't work with children or animals... well I'd say there's some truth in it! 

Watch here to find out more and join in the discussion with your anecdotes on raising children with languages whether it be at school or home! 

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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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Why should I learn a language - Post Brexit?

Why should I learn a language - Post Brexit?

Why should I learn a language - Post Brexit?

You may think that I became a language lover when I married a man with a different nationality to me. The truth is my favourite subjects to study at school were always English language and foreign languages. I was fascinated by travel and being able to communicate. After a school trip to Rouen where myself and some other students were insulted in English by German school children (Yes they insulted us in our own language which they could speak pretty well!) I knew I could not cope with only knowing my own language. 

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Bilingual Children - Week #7

Bilingual Children - Week #7

Our Bilingual Week

This week we are back to sharing Our Bilingual Week with you, what we've been working on and our observations of our children's learning. 

Festivals

As we learnt last week from our mothers of bilingual children. Learning a language is about more than words. When you share your language with your child, you're sharing your heritage too. It's often hard to infuse the culture of the minority language in to your every day life but there are little ways to do this.

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Bilingual Children - Week #6

Bilingual Children - Week #6

Our Bilingual Week

Welcome to week Six of Bilingual Children! Sadly this is the last week in our Series of speaking mums raising bilingual children! I hope you've enjoyed reading it as much as we have enjoyed sharing with you. 

This week we're looking at the reasons why it's important to us that our children are learning our languages and how to not give up in those difficult times. 

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Bilingual Children - Week #5

Bilingual Children - Week #5

Our Bilingual Week

Welcome to week FIVE of Bilingual Children! Last week I spoke with lots of mums raising bilingual children and asked them to share their challenges. They were very kind enough to be honest about the hurdles that they face and this week I’ve asked them to tell me about the different approaches that they use. 

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Bilingual Children - Week #4

Bilingual Children - Week #4

Our Bilingual Week

Welcome to Week Four of Bilingual Children! I've been really busy last month collecting feedback from other Bilingual Mums. So throughout February I will be sharing all of their challenges, different approaches and reasons for helping their children learn a second or multiple languages.

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