Author Archives: David

The New Look!

My wife and I have a 1-year-old at home right now. She is sweet, smiley, joyful, and has Daddy wrapped around her finger.  So far, she has been pretty content to eat whatever baby mush or teething puffs we put in front of her.  That is, until she got to sample a lick of ice […]

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Updates are coming!

  Here at Family Language Solutions, LLC, we are excited to see the way things are growing and changing! Our first line of products is about to be released, we’re starting language tutoring services, and we have plans in the works for more improvements to our services in the future.  Because of these changes, we […]

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Say What Now? Orality, Literacy, and How We Should Be Learning Language

An Unexpected Encounter My family and I were in Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia, several years ago.  Tbilisi is one of those hidden gems of the world.  Nestled in the foothills of the Caucasus mountains, the city is filled with beautiful sights, warm, welcoming people and, in my humble opinion, the most […]

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Going Through Culture Shock With Your Kids

Culture Shock B.C. (Before Children) I remember the first time I left the country.  I went to Honduras with some college friends to visit some of their friends.  This was no tourist trip to Roatan.  We went native and visited locals in their houses and hiked the trails to visit people in mountain villages.  We rode […]

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When my bilingual toddler yells “Die papa!” I give him what he wants: Challenges with multi-lingual children.

Raising a multilingual child has often been given a bad rap.  We have had people ask us if we are stunting their development.  This came up as our second child didn’t start speaking until he was almost two, and only then with very intentional coaching by me (I will post on that later).  We also had […]

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Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to You!

  St. Patrick’s Day Wouldn’t Be Possible Without Language Learning Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If your family is anything like mine, your kitchen smells like corned beef and cabbage today.  Though my family has many of its roots in Eastern Europe, somehow, a few generations back, the Irish managed to sneak into our family tree, so […]

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Abbyy Lingvo, the best dictionary ever!

Ok, maybe you aren’t like my wife and read the dictionary for fun, but if you are serious about language learning, one tool that I literally never leave home without is Abbyy Lingvo.  They have a variety of products available (see their website here), and the best dictionary app I have ever used, hands down.  […]

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Total Physical Response

Get your move on! Perhaps one of the best methodologies I have encountered for language learning is Total Physical Response, or TPR.  As the name suggests, it really gets you up and moving!  TPR is a method of language learning that began developing in the late 1950s as a way to both decrease stress in language learning and increase […]

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