Olena Centeno: Mother of 3 Bilingual Children, Ukrainian Living in USA, Multicultural Blogger

Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast: Raising Multilingual Children, Multicultural Living, Growing Up With Multiple Languages.

Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast is your place to connect with multilingual families, language experts, and passionate authors from around the world
Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast: Raising Multilingual Children, Multicultural Living, Growing Up With Multiple Languages.

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Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast is your place to connect with multilingual families, language experts, and passionate authors from around the world. We share actionable tips and motivational stories. Learn from our experiences so your journey raising multilingual children is enjoyable, manageable, and successful.

Episodes

034 – Speech Pathologist Mary-Pat O’Malley On Language Development of Bilingual Children

Apr 16, 2016 47:58

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Mary-Pat O’Malley is a Language and Speech Pathologist. She holds a PH degree in Linguistics in Trinity College, Ireland. She is an lecturer, author,  researcher and lover of all things to do with speech, language and communications. She has over 20 years of working with families and 14 years experience teaching in the university. Mary-Pat  is […]

032: Why Is It Important To Support The Mother Tongue With Renata Peskova

Mar 22, 2016 48:07

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Renata Emilson Peskova has a doctoral degree in Bayreuth University in Bavaria, Germany. She is the Chair at the Mother Tongue Association on Bilingualism. Renata lives with her German husband in Reykjavik, Iceland and has a bilingual son, Yohan. In this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast: Teaching hello in Icelandic and Czech Renata Peskova […]

033: Book Review: “Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability” by Adam Beck

Mar 21, 2016 9:16

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Recently I got myself a copy of Adam’s Beck new book “Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability”. Adam is originally from the USA and now lives with his family in Japan.  He runs exceptionally helpful blog Bilingual Monkeys. The day I started to read his book my To Do list was not accomplished at all. I could […]

031: Why Your Bilingual Child Does Not Respond Back In Minority Language

Mar 10, 2016 26:49

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Today’s question is the most popular in my blogging experience. It is been asked by so many parents of different languages, family circumstances and kids’ ages. But the core of the question remains the same: Why my bilingual child does not respond back in minority language. It certainly could be frustrating: you were always speaking […]

030: How to lead by example when raising bilingual children with Mandie Davis

Dec 11, 2015 35:50

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Mandie Davis is the founder of Les Puces Ltd. early years classes. Les Puces is a pre-school group teaching French in a natural and accessible way. She has two daughters, Willow who is bilingual and India who is trilingual. They both learned French and German by living in those countries and being immersed in the language […]

028: How To Overcome Fear When Learning Languages? With Ksenija Popac

Oct 22, 2015 52:21

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Ksenija Popac is the founder of School Placement Consuting and University Study Consulting. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature, from the University of Belgrade, and Language, from the College of New Jersey. She is an experienced educational consultant and educator who has been living and working internationally for over twenty years. Her […]

026: How A Parent Can Stick To Speaking Heritage Language

Oct 10, 2015 14:15

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Today’s question came from a reader who speaks Arabic to her kids. She writes: My biggest problem is that I forget to speak my native language! I am so fluent in English, and surrounded by it so much all the time, that I keep slipping back into it without even noticing! The first year I […]

027: Having Doubts About Bilingual System When Step-Kids Are Around

Oct 9, 2015

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025: Late Bilingual Talker

Oct 8, 2015

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In today’s episode I am answering the question that came from our reader Carol. She writes: Hi, I have a 21 month old baby girl, and she says almost nothing. Some people say that she is late, but I want to think that is because she is hearing two languages. Is it normal that she […]

023: Ryan Cole | The Founder of Little Lexicon About Raising Two Sons With English and Czech

Mar 10, 2015 35:31

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Ryan Cole is an American living in Prague, Czech Republic with his Czech wife and two American-Czech boys. He’s the founder of the app, Little Lexicon. Little Lexicon is a website that lets your translate and share your bilingual toddler’s vocabulary with friends and family. Ryan created the app after his first child, Oliver started talking. He realized […]

024 : Jim Porter of Speekee on Finding The Right Language Teacher And Raising 2 Bilingual Kids In English And Spanish

Feb 24, 2015 38:59

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Jim Porter is a British who lives in Spain with his wife and two bilingual children. He started teaching English in 1994 after he graduated from university in the UK. It was in 1998 when he founded a tuition agency named Talk Languages, connecting hundreds of language teachers in the London area with thousands of […]

022: Tim Johnson On How Dual Language Books Can Help Learn A New Language

Nov 5, 2014 29:10

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Today’s guest is very interesting because it’s the first time that we have an author of children’s books. You might even have heard about the book – The Adventures of Bosley the Language Bear. The series of the cute bear and his adventures on the different languages. The author of this book is Tim Johnson. Unlike […]

021: Michele Cherie | How Non-Native Speakers Can Raise Their Kids Bilingual

Oct 28, 2014 52:39

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My guest in this podcast episode is Michele Cherie and she’s the founder of Intentional Mama. She writes about making purposeful choices for culturally-rich, perfectly paced family life–with a French twist. Michele is a former French teacher who is now dedicated to raising her two children and she’s also a non native speaker who speaks […]

020: Yulia Carson | Great Advice For Expat Families

Oct 10, 2014 51:41

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Yulia Carson is a multicultural trainer and she specializes in working with expat families. She relocated from Moscow, Russia to Chicago, Illinois 14 years ago. She studied History in Cultural Anthropology both in Russia and the USA – this led her to pursue the career. I get a lot of questions from people who email […]

019: Meet Monica Bravo Granström | Multilingual Mom | Author | Scholar | Chief Editor and Language Activist!

Aug 5, 2014 57:54

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Monica Bravo Granström, (MonicaBG.com) is a Swede living in Germany with her Spanish husband and two multilingual children. Besides of being an academic at the University of Education in Weingarten, she also works voluntary in many ways for multilingualism, e.g. writing for Riksföreningen Sverigekontakt. She is also the Chief Editor of Magasinet SMUL. Monica has […]

018: Meet Amanda | “Miss Panda Chinese”!

Jul 15, 2014 59:08

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  Amanda Hsiung Blodgett is the founder of Miss Panda Chinese, Miss Panda Chinese helps children everywhere learn Mandarin Chinese in a fun and engaging way by presenting kids songs and stories in Chinese that are easy to learn and fun to listen to. Amanda is a Mandarin Chinese instructor and the mother of two young bilingual children. […]

017: Leanna Guillen Mora | The Language Story of The Creative Mom

Jun 28, 2014 43:13

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 Leanna Guillen Mora is the founder of Multicultural Kid Blogs and Baha’i Mom Blogs. She also blogs about embracing the madness of motherhood at All Done Monkey. She is a stay at home mom to her 4 year old son and his baby brother. She and her husband, who is from Costa Rica, are raising […]

016: Brett Parry | “My 4 Years Old Daughter Is A Perfect Translator Between Polish And English”.

Jun 12, 2014 49:55

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Brett Parry is the creator of the podcast – Down Under and Beyond ( a podcast channel providing information and inspiration surrounding everything to do in and around Australia). He is an Australian dad, married to a Polish wife and they have daughter. He is now residing in the United States with his family. We […]

015: Jonathan Ervine | Father’s Perspective On Language Acquisition

Jun 5, 2014 41:06

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Jonathan Ervine – is the creator of Dad’s the way I like it – a website on what it means to be a dad and how dads are represented in the society. He resides in North West Wales with his wife, son and pet chicken. He is also a lecturer of French at Bangor University. He can […]

014: Anna Vinogradova | Multicultural Kitchen As A Way To Learn Languages

May 29, 2014 27:20

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Anna Vinogradova is the founder of  Multicultural Kitchen ( A blog about food, cultures and languages – the connecting point between Anna and her husband as they love to cook and eat a lot). She is a Russian mom, her husband is Spanish and they raising  their California-born daughter together. Anna is using  One Parent, […]

013: Becky Morales | Four Cultures Family | They Are Truly Global Citizens

May 21, 2014 57:10

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Becky Morales is the creator of Kid World Citizen  – offering activities that help young minds go global. She is an ESL teacher with a passion for multi-language education and traveling around the world. Becky and her husband, Antonio are the proud parents of  four kids – two by adoption (Chinese and Ethiopian descent). Her […]

012: Interview With Olga Mecking | European Mama

May 5, 2014 49:18

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Olga Mecking  is the founder of European Mama – a blog that focuses on expat life and raising trilingual children. Olga blogs about her experiences on her site and sometimes contribute articles to other websites as well. She is a Polish mother living in the Netherlands with her German husband and three children. She also works as […]

011: Maria Babin | One Parent Speaks Two Languages to Her Children in a Unique And Very Effective Way

Apr 22, 2014 58:28

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  In this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast, we talk with Maria Babin. She is the founder of Trilingual Mama. She has four trilingual kids with her French husband and they are residing in France. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in French. Maria completed […]

010: Tatyana Leskowicz | How To Encourage Your Toddler to Speak Your Language

Apr 11, 2014 54:01

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On this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock podcast, we talk with Tatyana Leskowicz. Tatyana is a U.S. resident who was born from Russian parents. She can speak Russian, English and a little bit of Swedish after her short stays in Sweden and Israel. Tatyana is married to an American and they have two daughters (ages 4 […]

009: Childhood Bilingual Andrei Semenov Shares His Language Story

Apr 3, 2014 27:14

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In this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast, we talk with Andrei Semenov. He is from Russia but he grew up in Colorado, USA. We talk about Andrei’s family portrait, how he came to America, how he learned to speak English and Russian while growing up. The ways he learned more about cultural differences and […]

008: Lina Dickson About Beauty of Chinese and Bilingual Living

Mar 27, 2014 52:23

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On this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast, we talk with Lina Dickson. She’s the founder of Best4Future blog, a blog created to record Lina’s efforts to teach Chinese to her daughters and a journey to look for fun and effective ways to  bring up children bilingual. Lina Dickson graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in […]

007: Cordelia Newlin De Rojas | Founder Of Multilingual Mama Shares Her Tips On Bilingual Parenting and homeschooling

Mar 17, 2014 1:07:49

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On this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast, we talk with Cordelia Newlin De Rojas. She is the founder of the blog, Multilingual Mama. Cordelia is a Franco-American mother of two girls, Pacifique and Claude. Both of her daughters were born in different countries – Pacifique (New York) and Claude (Singapore).  She lives in Thailand […]

006: Annabelle Humanes: One Family – Four Languages. How?

Mar 4, 2014 46:22

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On this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast, we talk with Annabelle Humanes, founder of the blog – Piri-Piri Lexicon. She’s a French language researcher married to a Portuguese and they reside in Germany with their daughter, LJ. They speak 4 languages at a daily basis and their aim is to raise their daughter to […]

005: Adam Beck | The Founder Of BilingualMonkeys.com Gives Us Great Ideas On How To Raise Children Bilingual

Feb 11, 2014 1:00:54

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On this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast, we give more tips and ideas on how to raise bilingual kids.  Bilingualism is more like a journey, but you still need to set up couple destinations so if you reach them – you will be happy with your journey. My special guest is Adam Beck, founder of […]

004: Helene Demetriades Shares Her Experience With Raising Her Toddler Son To Be Bilingual In French and Greek

Feb 5, 2014 45:06

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On this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast, we talk about being a bilingual parent and expat as well as raising a bilingual child. My special guest is Helene Demetriades, a talented illustrator and a bilingual mother. She resides in Cyprus with her husband and her 15-month old son, Nicholas. Helene has been creating most […]

003: Rita Rosenback | Mother Of Two Adult Bilingual Daughters And Language Expert Shares Her Bilingual Journey

Feb 5, 2014 37:33

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On this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast, we discuss the multilingual journey of a mother of two multilinguals . My special guest is Rita Rosenback. She is a language expert and the founder of a  Multilingual Parenting-Bilingual Children. Her main languages are English and Swedish but she also speaks German and Finnish. She’s also writing […]

002: Anna McGuigauri Shares Her Experience With French Immersion Kindergarten

Feb 5, 2014 27:51

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On this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast, we discuss learning a second language in immersion schools. My special guest is my friend, Anna McGuigauri. She shares her experience with French immersion school. Anna resides in Canada with her husband and daughter, Alice. She speaks Russian, English and a bit of French. I created this […]

001: What Can Monolingual Family Members Do to Take Part in a Child’s Bilingualism

Jan 26, 2014 18:49

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Listen to the audio in support of this article. I invited a very experienced monolingual parent to give us an advice! In our family I am the bilingual parent, who on the daily basis teaches kids Russian and Ukrainian, our minority languages. My husband does not speak these languages (well, he knows couple hundred words, especially useful around kids […]