Bilingual Avenue with Marianna Du Bosq

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I chat with Lauren Lyons Cole, a certified financial planner.  She shares some of her best tips for bilingual families interested in making a trip to expose their children to their target language.  She also has some great insights for listeners on how they can take control of their money by getting organized, spending smarter & earning more.

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I chat with Michele Cherie & Hanna Cheda about family trips they took during the summer of 2015.  Michele took her three children to France for three months while Hanna took her two children to England for two weeks.  Michele & Hanna shared all the details and logistics of how they made their trips possible. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Becky Morales, the creator of Kid World Citizen, an incredible website offering activities that help young minds go global. Becky shares with us how we can teach our children about world’s culture and how we may be able to even incorporate it into our child’s classroom!

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I give a mother the tools to have an open and honest conversation with her partner on why she feels that her son should be raised in a bilingual environment.  I discuss how the benefits of being bilingual including how it can help support cultural connections and encourage her to dispel any misconceptions her husband may be feeling towards multilingualism.

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Maritere Rodriguez Bellas.  Maritere is a bilingual and bicultural, free-lance writer, blogger and author.   She just recently wrote her first book, Raising Bilingual Children and has a second book about to be released soon called Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children.  She is now working on her third!  To enter to win Maritere’s book, head over to bilingualavenue.com/newsletter

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I give a mother advice on how to introduce writing for her children.  She is looking for tips to teach writing in the home language which will be different from the one her children are learning in school.  She is also looking for advice on what language to use at home and how to help her children with their homework. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Amanda Shong-Blahdgett also known as Miss Panda.  She is raising her two children to be bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English.  Miss Panda is also the creator of the Let’s Learn Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda album geared towards young children. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a question from a father who is wondering if he should be stricter with his daughter since she is refusing to engage with him in the target language.  I give him seven different strategies that he can implement at home.  I also share with him the strategy we use in my family and which one the research has shown to provide the best results for boosting vocabulary. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Lindsay Dow, a private language tutor and the founder of Lindsay Does Languages.  Lindsay believes in inspiring others to teach themselves languages. Whether that be in a face-to-face lesson with her, or through one of her Skype classes, or one of her blog posts or even one of her videos, she wants you to know that it is possible for you to learn a language!  Lindsay shares 25 different tools to help you and your children learn a language!  

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On this episode of the Bilingual Avenue podcast, I share strategies with a listener who is interested in teaching her child two languages, English and Russian.  I explain to her who the One Parent, One Language strategy works as well as the Language Time approach. I also walk her through a series of strategies that she can implement to promote language development for her little one from the early months all the way to the when her child starts making two word sentences.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Carla Curiel the founder of
Mundo Lanugo.  Lanugo is a Miami-based lifestyle and entertainment brand for preschoolers inspiring Latin at heart confidence and cultural pride.  Carla shares with us how she has instilled a love for her culture in her daughters from an early age and has tips for parents who are looking to do the same. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I provide advice to a mother who is concerned that she may have waited too long to teach her children Italian.  Her children are 6 and 11 and although they are showing interest in learning the language, she is looking for suggestions on how to pass on the language to them.  I give her some tips on how to motivate older children and find age appropriate content for them.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Nicola Lathey, one of the top speech and language therapists in the United Kingdom.  She is the author of the prize‐winning and best-selling book, Small Talk.  We talk about how parents can promote language development with their children from birth to four years old.  Nicola shares excellent strategies that parents can implement right away in their daily interactions with their children. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I check in with a mother who is concerned that her son may fall behind in Kindergarten if he attends a Spanish only preschool.  I describe the different concepts that her child will likely be exposed to in preschool and assure her that many of them will be skills that he can transfer regardless of what language is being used for the instruction.  For the skills that are language specific, I give her ideas on how she can incorporate them at home.  I also share some ideas on how she can partner up with her child’s teacher to make sure she is able to help her son with the transition.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Brynn Barineau.  Brynn is originally from Atlanta and has a BA and MA in International Communication from American University in Washington DC.  It was while finishing her Masters that she met her Brazilian husband.  Brynn eventually joined her then fiance in Rio de Janeiro and began teaching.  After moving to Vitoria, she taught economics and American literature at Escola Leonardo Da Vinci.  Brynn is currently working on building a career as a writer and publishing her first novel.  She blogs at BrynninBrazil.com  She has a four-year old daughter that she and her husband are raising bilingual in English and Portuguese.

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I give advice to a mother who is worried that changing her language strategy with her daughter will confuse her.  Currently, they are speaking English at home while her child picks up the community language, Spanish in school.  They will be moving to the United States and the target language and community language will be swapped.  She is concerned that their relationship will be impacted because her daughter feels much more comfortable conversing with family members in English.  I assure her that although it may be difficult at first, her daughter will eventually sort out the shift in language strategy. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Annabelle Humanes,  a former researcher in language acquisition and language teacher in a previous decade.  She shares with you her tips for getting your hands on children's language development research and shares her personal family language journey which includes four languages!

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I describe the different types of language school models available to parents including two way immersion, submersion and transitional programs.  I also answer a mother’s concern of whether her child will be able to learn the community language and give her strategies to ensure that he has plenty of exposure in that language. 

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This episode is sponsored by Gus on the Go, an great language app for the little ones at home! Visit www.gusonthego.com/bilingualavenue and get access to a special free printable exclusively for Bilingual Avenue listeners.

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, Alice Junglaus, a parent coach, chats with us about her cross-cultural family and how they have followed their dream of living a multilingual, pluralistic and interdependent global lifestyle.  Alice also chats with us about global parenting including what it means and how it can help you and your family! 

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On this episode of the podcast, I answer a listener’s question who is concerned that although her family has moved to Taiwan her children may have limited exposure to Mandarin.  She wants to help them to learn Mandarin, however, she already has her hands full supporting her children’s learning of Spanish.  I share my advice on how she can still encourage them to learn Mandarin while maintaining a focus on Spanish. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I chat with Sonia Gil, an entrepreneur, language geek, and passionate traveler!  Sonia is on a mission to show the world how travel can enrich your life without emptying your bank account. She is the founder of the digital language learning company Fluenz and she is also the host of Sonia's Travels, a two time award-winning web original series about Sonia's unique take on the places she visits. Sonia is also the lead behind the non-profit Fluenz.org which we will discuss throughout our interview today.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a listener’s question who is navigating her son’s transition to the community language.  She is concerned that he will need more exposure to English to make things easier for him when he starts school.  However, she is concerned that if she herself speaks to him in both languages, he may be confused.  I assure her that he will be able to tell difference but encourage her to consider what languages she will want to use when her son has more exposure to the community language.  

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Yono Mittlefehldt was born in Israel but grew up in the United States. Yono currently lives in Germany with his wife and his 2.5 year old son who is being raised trilingual with English, German and Hebrew.  He co-created Gus on the Go with Alice Zhao, an app with 10 interactive lessons and 89 words that allow kids to explore vocabulary in a new language.  On the podcast, we talk about Yono’s journey raising a trilingual son and how he is managing to personally pass on two heritage languages at the same time. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, a grandmother is worried that she will have a negative impact on her grandchildren by mixing English and Spanish.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Dr. Paola Giuli Dussias, a Professor and the Head of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at Penn State University.  Dr. Dussias describes to us how the brain is capable of managing multiple languages and dispels the misconception that adding a second or third language can complicate our language system.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a question from a listener who is concerned about her husband’s daughter getting enough exposure in Spanish. I share ideas on how to get the most out of their time together as well as maximizing the time when they are not together. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I chat with Diana Limongi who shares all about her language journey including how she prepared for the arrival of her multilingual child. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I share the five top things that I do to increase exposure in Spanish in the home specifically: having a consistent reading routine, chat with family members over Skype, narrate what I do to my toddler, elongating my toddler’s sentences and playing! 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview book author and multilingual mom Annika Bourgogne.  Annika provides advice for parents whose children are struggling to engage with them in the target language.  She also shares tips for parents whose children are pushing back on learning to read in their home language along with inspiration for anyone on the language journey. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a mother’s question who has a parent/teacher conference coming up at her son is school and wants to maximize her time with her son’s teacher.  I include ten different themes to consider when meeting with her child’s teacher. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Esther Brumme.  She shares her personal journey as a Third Culture Kid and the many resources she uses at home to support her children’s language journey.  You can learn more about Esther on her blog, thirdculturemama.com

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I address a listener’s concern regarding his bilingual son.  He worries that having to speak a different language to each parent may be too much pressure!  I assure him that his son is just showing his multilingual abilities. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Dr. Arturo Hernandez.  Dr. Hernandez is the Director of Developmental Psychology and the Neural Bases of Bilingualism Laboratory Director at the University of Houston. He discusses the potential bilingual advantage that speaking more than one language can provide.  We also discuss how the multilingual brain can adapt for language acquisition.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I walk through my recommendations on how to establish a book exchange with friends.  I suggest a set of norms that should be established, how to manage the actual exchange of the books and how to create celebrations to get the participating kids excited about the activity. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Joanne Wall, an Irish mother who together with her family moved to France so that her children could learn another language and reap the benefits of bilingualism. She is the founder of Eulingual.com and Lingowl.com, two websites full of language resources! Make sure to check out this episode's sponsor, FluentU.

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I take a question from a listener who is concerned about her son’s language development.  She feels that he is not performing at the same rate as his monolingual peers.  I give her some advice to encourage her to keep going.  I also introduce our first sponsor FluentU!

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Berenice Pernalete, a biliteracy instructional guide, at Mundo Verde Public Charter School in Washington, DC.  We chat about bilingual language models, the challenges language teachers face and the amazing rewards the teaching profession can provide.  Berenice has over nine years of extensive experience in areas such as children’s performance management, children’s program development, and many others.   

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On this episode of the podcast, I share my family’s favorites for English, Spanish and German books. I share favorites from every member of the family including our little one!

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I chat with Joy Penard.  Joy has a degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she met her French husband and began creating her own multicultural experience. They moved to Ireland, then Germany, adding two daughters and the German language to the mix.  She lives in the Alsace region in France. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a listener’s concern regarding the languages that are spoken in the home.  They currently speak mostly English but would like to also add Chinese and Spanish.  She also wonders if it is too late to get started since her son is over a year old. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Ana Lomba, a Parents’ Choice Award-winning author and creator of several language learning products that encourage conversation amongst family members.  Ana discusses with us the strategies that she has seen work best for different age groups and how she has incorporated them into her books. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I provide a listener who is working on Japanese with her niece and nephew make the experience more amusing and interesting for them.  I also give her some ideas on how to incorporate a natural progression for their language acquisition process. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, Jeannette Kaplun, an award-winning bilingual journalist and TV personality.  Jeannete shares with us her personal language journey with her children and focuses specifically on the challenges parent face as their children get older.  She shares how she is able to engage her children on their language journey by finding ways to say connected to their heritage language.   Jeannette is the founder of HispanaGlobal, a bilingual platform for Hisapnic women.  She was born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Chile.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I share six principles that foster language development and how books can help parents of multilingual children achieve these principles. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Dr. Laura Markham.  Dr. Laura discusses with us how to create more connected relationships with our children, how to foster our children’s creativity, how to encourage reading and more great advice! 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a listener’s question regarding books. I share eight ideas on how to find books in the target language for parents that are having difficulty finding books.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Hanna Cheda.  Hanna is a corporate translator, interpreter and a writer.  She currently lives in Poland with her family and is raising her children, together with her husband, with Polish, Spanish and English. Hanna shares how she’s incorporating all three languages into her household. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a question from a listener who is wondering if she should try to establish a support network for her language journey.  I talk about my thoughts on the value of building a network with other parents and provide some ideas on how parents may be able to find other multilingual families. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Jenny Kung, the creator of the English Student. Jenny is a firm believer in the power of clear, simple and colorful visual aids in promoting effective learning which lead her to the creation of her website the English Student.  Her website now offers a collection of free visuals to learn English and so we’ll be chatting today about the power of visuals for learning any language and how you may be able to leverage this great tool!

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a question from a mother who often feels awkward speaking to her daughter in a language other than the community language.  She asked for my personal experience and wondered if she will ever feel comfortable talking to her daughter in Russian in public.  I share my experience and encourage her to keep trying it for a few months before giving up. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, Betty Galvan, a former teacher turned stay-at-home-mom, turned blogger and freelance writer raising three bilingual sons. Betty describes some of the challenges she faces as a second generation Mexican American raising bilingual children while also sharing her proud parenting moments.  

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On this episode of the Bilingual Avenue podcast, I interview my father, José Hennig!  We talk about his own language journey, our transition to our new community in the United States and his lessons learned from his experience raising three bilingual children.  It’s an emotional interview for me while full of great advice for other parents facing a transition. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Dr. Lisa Lopez, an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of South Florida.  Her research agenda involves furthering our understanding of, and improving upon, the educational and environmental opportunities of Latino children in the United States. Dr. Lopez shares with the audience the strategies that work best to support the learning needs of dual language students in the classroom including what instruction models work best. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I share with a listener my thoughts on how to leverage a family trip to Puerto Rico to increase exposure for his kids in Spanish, their family target language.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Ryan Cole.  Ryan is an America father living in the Czech Republic  where he is raising two bilingual boys together with his Czech wife.  He is also the creator of a website application called a Little Lexicon which lets you translate and share your bilingual toddler’s vocabulary with friends and friends.

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a mother’s question regarding whether she will confuse her child if she reads books in more than one language.  I share with her the pros and cons and how to go about making a distinction between the two languages when reading.  I share my thoughts on how reading in both languages can demonstrate to your child the abilities you gain as a multilingual. 

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On this episode interview Susanna Zarayski! Susanna has studied eleven languages, and speaks eight of them. She is the author of the books, Language is Music also available in Spanish, Portuguese Russian and English. Her goal is to empower people to use music and media to learn foreign languages.  We chat about how music can help you and your child learn a language. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I address a mother’s concern about her daughters switching between English and French when speaking to each other.  I describe code switching and language borrowing and whether or not they should be of concern.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Audrey Kratovil who grew up in a monolingual English-speaking home yet her love Spanish led her on a path where she now speaks exclusively to her daughter in her second language.  Audrey shares great insights from her language journey.

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I share how my family spends family time even when we are not all speaking the same language! I specifically share how we manage dinner time and play time! 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Harriet Cannon, a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 25 years of experience and co-author of the book titled Mixed Blessings: A Guide to Multicultural and Multiethnic Relationships.  Harriet shares the joys and challenges that a couple may experience when raising multilingual children and strategies to navigate these relationships. 

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On this episode, I expand on a question I provided on a Google Hangout on International Mother Language Day.  I give the listener some tips on how to help his children transition to the community language.  We also discuss ideas on how to increase exposure without having the exposure come from the parents.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview actress, producer, philanthropist and mother, Joyce Giraud.  She shares with us her family’s bilingual journey and how her mother’s advice to be patient and persevere gave her the motivation to stay committed to her sons’ language learning.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I share my thoughts with a listener on which language she should introduce to her children.  She is deciding between French which is spoken by a larger percentage of the population and Italian which she is very passionate about. Tune in to hear my recommendation.  

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On this episode, Madalena Cruz-Ferreira talks bout some common misconceptions about multilinguals.  Specifically, we discuss the following myths: Multilinguals can learn languages easily, but only in childhood; Multilinguals don’t have many languages, they have many half-languages; Mulitlingualism should be encouraged but only in languages that matter; Multilinguals are multilinguals because they are gifted for languages.

 

 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I share my thoughts with a listener who is proficient in English but not completely fluent.  I give her some words of encouragement while suggesting some ideas to support and infuse more English into her interactions with her son. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Toni Wang a mother to three trilingual children and the artist behind “A Little Mandarin,” a collection of Chinese Children’s classics which she has given a new life with a contemporary sound and voice.

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I give a listener strategies on how to address her families hesitations about bringing up her son in a bilingual household.  I chat about the importance of declaring your intentions, addressing any misconceptions her family members may have about bilingualism and suggest sharing the benefits of bilingualism to persuade the skepticism. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Dr. Alejandro Brice, a bilingual speech-language pathology researcher and a Professor at the University of South Florida.  Dr. Brice discusses with us four common phenomena that children may experience when learning a second language including interference, the silent period, code switching, and language loss. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a listener’s question who is concerned that his son will pick up his Russian accent when speaking English. I discuss the linguistic behavior of children when it comes to accents as their speech develops. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I chat with Dariela Cruz, the blogger behind MamiTalks.  Dariela discusses her bilingual parenting journey including the struggles she had prior to establishing a language plan and the pride she now feels when she realizes how well her son has internalized his bilingual identity. 

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On this episode of the podcast, I share a project Bilingual Avenue is putting together in support of multilingualism and multiculturalism called Aesop Fables for All.  Aesop Fables for All is a collective effort to translate and record a number of Aesop and other select fables, currently found in the open domain, in as many languages as possible.  This project was inspired in part by International Mother Language Day which is celebrated on February 21, 2015. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Rita Rosenback, a mother to two multilingual daughters and the author of Bringing up a Bilingual Child.  Rita discusses the 7 C’s parents need to navigate their multilingual children: Communication, Confidence, Commitment, Consistency, Creativity, Culture and Celebration. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I conclude the reading comprehension multiple part series discussing reading comprehension strategies.  I introduce the last strategy, synthesizing and do a quick summary of all six strategies including making connections, visualizing, questioning, inferring and determining importance.  

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Maria Babin.  Maria is originally from Southern California where she was raised bilingual by her Peruvian father and Mexican mother.  She developed an affinity for all things French from a very young age.  She followed that love to Brigham Young University where she studied French literature and early childhood language acquisition!  She currently lives in France with her French husband and four trilingual children. You can follow Maria’s multilingual journey on her blog atTrilingualmama.com. 

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I continue the reading comprehension multiple part series discussing reading comprehension strategies.  This week we focus on determining importance to understand the big idea for both fiction and non-fiction texts. 

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On this episode of the Bilingual Avenue, I interview Bonnie McAuley an elementary school teacher at an American international school and a bilingual mother. Bonnie shares her personal language journey with her son and describes for listeners her school's philosophy and approach to teaching multilingual students.

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On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I continue the reading comprehension multiple part series discussing reading comprehension strategies.  This week we focus on how to introduce and implement inferences to predict information that is not included or implied in the text.  Inferring can lead to higher order thinking skills.  

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