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Spotlight on Lyon with kids! 10 Tips from a Local

Aug 29, 2018

Hands up if you love a city break or a holiday! But isn’t it hard to know whether a destination will be good with children though? I think Lyon is a great all-year-round destination. It has everything to make it a great break – culture, food, sunshine but also lots of parks and opportunities for …

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4 Steps to bringing your child up bilingually

Aug 22, 2018

So you are pregnant or are already a parent and are hoping to bring your child up bilingually or with a solid knowledge of another language! Amazing! I have three bilingual children and spend lots of time with families just like yours. It is a joyful journey! The good news is that you can do …

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Why we don’t use OPOL: One Parent One Language.

Jul 30, 2018

One Parent One Language, or OPOL, is widely touted as THE way to raise bilingual children. To set the scene; my partner and I are both fluent in both languages (French and English) although we have different mother tongues. We live in the UK. We don’t use OPOL in our house with our three children. …

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French with kids! A step-by-step guide to learning through taste

Jul 25, 2018

Let’s take a multi-sensory approach to learning when teaching a new language! You learn language through MEANINGFUL and DAILY interactions. That is how you learned your first language and that is how you will learn your second language. For any family dynamic, monolingual parents ‘teaching’ their baby a second language, bilingual parents striving to increase …

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3 Ways language learning is like riding a bike

Jul 25, 2018

Teaching Children Languages I spent most of my Saturday afternoon with my 5 year old trying to ‘teach him to ride a bike with no stabilisers’. It was hard. I had been through this experience before with my oldest child and I didn’t recall it being so stressful for either of us. Sitting on the …

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What you need to know about yourself to stop holding your child back from learning

Jul 19, 2018

“I didn’t like languages at school. I was no good at remembering verbs and all that.” I have met thousands of families at my classes. Parents whose French abilities have ranged from fully fluent to nonexistent. What I have noticed with the second category is that they have often had to overcome some big mental …

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The importance of ‘Biculturalism’ & 5 practical steps to foster it

Jul 15, 2018

As ‘enlightened’ parents seeking to bring up their child with more than one language in their life we can often focus on bilingualism as the only goal. But what about biculturalism? I am fascinated by ways we can boost our kids brain function! If eating loads of amazing food, travel and enjoying cool events are …

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7 simple ideas to teach your child French this summer

Jun 28, 2018

Sun’s out and Mini French does not have summer classes this term! Keep up the French with a few ideas here and make sure to download the summer activities French checklist below: Visit the your local library and check out the dual or foreign language book section (for books I recommend on Amazon.co.uk see here) …

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Free French Poster: Les Legumes

Jun 27, 2018

Up your French vocabulary at home with this cute poster! Keep it handy in the kitchen and say the words when youare cooking or eating. Leave me a comment if there are other themes you would like to see in this series? À bientôt!

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4 hacks for French immersion at home

Jun 26, 2018

We’d all love to have a multilingual nanny or to attend a regular childrens’ language class to give our child the gift of language, multiplying their opportunities and expanding their horizons. But for one reason or another this is not always possible. The good news is there are some cool products and tech hacks out …

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