Oct 23

French music for language learning and practice

One of the ways I’ve been trying to increase my kids’ French exposure lately is through music.  I’m aiming for about an hour a week while we’re in the car.  Starting with an hour means we have car time left … Continue reading

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Sep 24

How much French practice is enough to be bilingual? (Plus our fall routine re-cap)

I’ve read before (can’t remember where) that in order to achieve true bilingualism, a child needs a minimum of 30% of their waking hours in the target language. If a child is awake for 12 hours each day, we’re looking … Continue reading

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Sep 09

5 tips for keeping your language skills sharp

I recently had a reader ask me this question: How do you keep improving and challenging yourself in French and expanding vocabulary? So, here we go – my top 5 tips for keeping your own language skills sharp. Note that … Continue reading

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Aug 24

Top 10 tips for teaching French to your kids when you aren’t French yourself

photo credit: Falcon Photography, Flickr 1)  Accept it: You’re not French. That’s ok. Yes, from a language learning perspective, it would be better if you were Francophone. But you aren’t and you can’t change that. Move on. 2)  Don’t sweat … Continue reading

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Jul 27

Book review: Bringing up a Bilingual Child by Rita Rosenback

Bottom line: Worth the read, especially if you haven’t read any similar books before This book is set up to be read either straight through if you’re just starting out, or to be referred back to as children get older. … Continue reading

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Jun 25

Book series: Crocolou

Crocolou has a daddy crocodile and a mommy wolf (loup). Each book in this series chronicles one of his simple adventures, suitable for younger kids. Both my 9 year old and 8 year old enjoyed the books when we read … Continue reading

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Jun 12

Finding French teaching support

What do you do when you need some outside help for your kids to learn French? If you live in a French environment, great. But for those of us who don’t, what can we do? Summer day camps – ‘tis … Continue reading

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May 22

Prioritizing language learning

Ever feel like there are just too many things to do? Me, too. I find that when I’m running low on energy, speaking French to my kids is one of the first things that just drops off the radar. It’s … Continue reading

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Aug 14

Three helpful books on raising bilingual kids

Photo credit:  kirilhristov, flickr, used by Creative Commons license I love to read, especially on the beach. Our recent family beach trip was spent reading many books, including about 6 on bilingualism. I wish I had read them sooner! It … Continue reading

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Jul 18

The biggest bilingual challenge we’ve faced so far

Raising bilingual kids is hard. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it – mostly to remind myself. If I expect it to be hard, then I’m less likely to get frustrated and give up when it actually is. … Continue reading

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