Expats Since Birth

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Expats Since Birth
This is a blog by an expat-since-birth multilingual mum living in the Netherlands with my Swissgerman husband, son and twin daughters about expat life, multilingualism, Third Culture Kids (and Adults), parenting and much more.
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  • The sense of guilt of being German 1 month ago How can younger generations cope with the sense of guilt of being German
  • What to do when cultural and linguistic stereotyping is fostered by media 2 months ago Children love cartoons, movies, games and we all know that the vilains, the “bad guys” are not only characterized by features that make them unpleasant, but also by foreign accents. Sociolinguist Calvin Gidney started to study language patterns in animated kid’s entertainment after noticing...
  • Why international days and celebrations are difficult for true internationals 3 months ago I know that writing this will upset some of my friends, but I want to share this because it came up many many times in the last weeks. At the latest FIGT (Families In Global Transition) conference we talked about identity and sense of belonging and as we […]
  • Years spent "in between" are over 3 months ago I know this sounds ungrateful or even sad, but since our move 4 weeks ago (time flies!) I realized that what I somehow felt for a long time: I had spent 12 years “in between”. Here is what I mean with “in between”. It’s when you live in […]
  • What the British say... and what they mean... 3 months ago If like me you have learned English at school, you probably haven’t learned the different meanings of expressions and way of sayings that Brits use on a regular basis. I have been working with native English speakers for more than 13 years now and still notice that although […]

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  • International Schools in The Hague: an Overview and a Guidelining Questionnaire Education and International Schools Globally moving expatriates with school children often opt for international schools as they are designed to ease the educational transition from one country to another. Still, it is important to know the local education system as some international...
  • Top 5 aspects about The Netherlands from a European perspective Expat Blog Awards 2013 The majority of articles listing characteristics of life in the Netherlands are written from a mainly American or British point of view. But how do other Europeans perceive life in the Netherlands? What do they think about the food, the weather, the...

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Website Reviews » There are 5 reviews on Expats Since Birth

Olga
21:15 PM November 13, 2012

This interesting blog covers a range of topics ranging from multilingualism to being an expats or parenting twins. A must-read not only for multilingual parents!

Maria
12:40 PM November 14, 2012

This is a wonderful blog exploring the challenges of parenting away from your own country and culture. Definetely a must for every curious mom/dad !!!!!

Our Adventure In Croatia
12:17 PM November 24, 2012

Interesting expat blog about parenting in a bilingual world! go check it out!

Lisa
16:39 PM November 26, 2012

Wonderful, informative Blog !

Anne
11:38 AM November 27, 2012

Very interesting blog! I enjoy reading it. Thank you for sharing.

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