Orla’s fundraising run in support of Mother Tongues

We are delighted to announce that our friend Orla Fitzgerald has decided to run the Waterford city marathon in support of Mother Tongues. This will be Orla’s 7th marathon in the past 5 years. Orla volunteered at the Mother Tongues Festival in February, and helped us greatly during our FundIt Campaign to raise funds for …

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Third Edition of the Mandarin Chinese Summer Camp

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More and more language classes are emerging around Ireland. Some of them seek to promote the learning of a new language, and some support the learning and maintenance of heritage languages, which are the languages the child speaks in the home environment. Many families have the opportunity to travel to their home country and immerse …

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GDPR – Action Required!

GDPR

You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that comes into effect May 25, 2018. To help comply with GDPR consent requirements, if you subscribed to our mailing list, we need to confirm that you would like to receive content from us, especially our monthly newsletter. We hope that our content …

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The tales at home project

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Mother Tongues director Francesca La Morgia took part in the International Expert Meeting organised by the Tales at Home Project, where she talked about Mother Tongues, the family meet ups, Language Explorers and the Mother Tongues Festival. The meeting was a great opportunity to raise awareness of the organisation and to create links with organisations …

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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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