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September 1, 2016

I Picked the Language—Where Do I Start?

You’ve made the decision to start your child on the path to becoming bilingual. That is – you’ve spent hours and hours online, talking to other parents and reading about which language to pick. Even though you might not speak it yourself, you’ve decided that you want your child to learn Chinese, Arabic, French, Spanish or another language.
August 30, 2016

What Does Being Bilingual Really Mean?

We all started this journey to help our children become bilingual citizens of the world. But, in reality, do we truly know what being bilingual means? I read an Huffington Post article that labeled the different shapes and depths of bilingual people. Yes, there are more than a few types of people who are bilingual.
August 28, 2016

Is My Language Investment Paying Off?

How do you figure out if your language investment is paying off? This might be a tough pill to swallow, but the answer here is to have patience. Believe me, we all want our children to go to their language lessons, learn what they learn there, and come home speaking as if they were born speaking two languages.
August 26, 2016

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: Little Owlets of Germantown

Little Owlets’ teachers are passionate about teaching and foreign languages. With over 30 years of combined educational experience in both play-based and Montessori-inspired programs, you can rest assured that your child will be taught and nurtured by experienced early childhood professionals.
August 24, 2016

The Secret to Learning a New Language – SLEEP!

We can only learn while we are awake, right? Well, if you agree with that statement you better get ready for a major perspective shift! There are ways to use sleep, or better yet, our “sleeping mind” to learn faster and more about a new language.
August 22, 2016

When Everyone is NOT On Board

All big endeavors come with challenges, right? Some you can avoid, and some, you can’t… Raising a bilingual child is one of these big endeavors and what is already hard can become an even tougher task if important people, in your child’s life, are not on board.
August 18, 2016

Au Pairs Are Expensive – Try This Instead!

No one said teaching kids Chinese, or any language for that matter, would be easy. Once a week classes aren’t enough to immerse your little learner in the language and some of the alternatives seem pretty pricey. You could hire an au pair to speak Chinese to your child 24-7 (or, at least during her waking hours). But, how much is that going to cost?
August 15, 2016

Language is Great – But, Where’s the Culture?

You’re raising bilingual kids. Awesome! You’ve got the language lessons down, the kids are building the basics, and you might even be able to have more than a two sentence conversation with them in their second language. But, are letters, sounds, and words really all that a language is? Of course not! Let’s not forget that languages come from cultures
August 14, 2016

Is It Better to Let Them Learn – Or Should I Join In?

Who doesn’t remember their kind of crazy middle school foreign language teacher? You know who I’m talking about… That seemingly out-there character who came into French class dressed as a mime (beret and all) or absolutely, positively refused to speak even one word in English all semester long (leaving you totally clueless about what you were learning).
August 11, 2016

Why 1-Hour Language Classes Aren’t Enough to Build Fluency

If you’re like most, your primary goal when learning a language is to develop fluency. And fluency can come in a variety of different ways and degrees. According to the U.S. Department of State , there are five levels of proficiency in a language and since we are talking about fluency…let’s concentrate on the speaking side of things.