Why is my child refusing to speak my language?

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There are several reasons why a child refuses to use their parents’ language. I used to teach a girl in a Polish Saturday school who was very uncertain about her reading skills in Polish. Every time I asked her to read a text, she would say “please no” or she would whisper. Once we had a …

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Mother Tongues Festival 2019

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After the resounding success of our first edition, we are glad to announce that the Mother Tongues Festival 2019 will take place on 22nd-23rd February 2019 and it will be a celebration of Ireland’s linguistic diversity, with performances and workshops in many different languages. The festival will cater for all ages. We are now accepting …

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Mother Tongues Tent at St. Patrick’s Festival Big Day Out

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Did you know that more than 180 languages are spoken in Ireland? How many words in Irish have been borrowed from other languages? How many languages could St. Patrick speak? Visit Mother Tongues stand @ St. Patrick’s Festival for an afternoon of language games and fun facts! St. Patrick’s Festival – BIG DAY OUT – …

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Raise your hand if you are bilingual!

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This week I started my child language development lecture asking whether there were any bilinguals in the class. Only thee students claimed to be bilingual and they explained how their journeys brought them to Ireland to learn English as an additional language. I thought I would ask the question differently, to encourage a debate, so …

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Bilingual mind

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I began to be interested in language and migration when my parents emigrated to Ireland in 2005. At the time, I was almost 16 and I did not want to go with them – I insisted to stay with my grandparents. For several years, also later during my studies when I lived independently, I visited …

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Great success for the First Mother Tongues Festival!

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On 24th February we celebrated UNESCO International Mother Language Day and the first birthday of Mother Tongues with a Festival of languages. The idea for the first Mother Tongues Festival started over coffee during a sunny afternoon in August 2017 and, as the project developed, we discovered that many artists were very keen to be …

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Celebrate World Book Day on this snowy day!

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The Beast from the East has brought Siberian weather to Ireland and on 1st March all schools will be closed. Don’t forget that 1st March is World Book Day! Over the last 22 years, World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. So why …

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Bilingual families meetup now also in Tallaght

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Bilingual families meet up open to all! Starting on 1st March 2018, every first Thursday of the month our bilingual and multilingual families meet up will be held in Tallaght too! So now you have two options: one Saturday per month at the Outhouse (Dublin 1) or in Tallaght, every first Thursday of the month …

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Volunteers wanted!

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Mother Tongues is looking for volunteers to assist during the Mother Tongues Festival (24th February 2018, Outhouse, 105 Capel street, Dublin1). To apply, please fill in THIS FORM. NEW deadline is 5th February. Do not miss out on this great opportunity to participate in the first multilingual Festival in Ireland!

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