Links to other websites

I find the online bookshops extremely useful. Even when we were living in the depths of the Swedish countryside we were able to order all kinds of material in English. Other languages may, of course, be a bit harder to come by.

Many British and American bookshops will send material abroad. Check their customer service pages, and don't be afraid to email them and ask if you can't find the information you are looking for. Online bookshops will often sell music, DVDs and computer games as well as books.

The UK-based online bookshops I have used are and I have also used, but it is important to be aware that you may be liable to pay duty or sales tax/VAT on books and other things you import from abroad. Nowadays, as the Swedish market has woken up to the widespread interest in English language materials, I mainly use and as this means I can pay easily through my Swedish bank account and I don't have to pay for postage.

Online bookshops exist in many countries so the Internet can make it very easy to source materials in a country where your minority language is spoken. W.H. Smith, for example, don't deliver outside the UK, but they do accept orders from outside the UK to deliver to a UK address ( The same goes for another of my favourite places to stock up on language material for young English-speaking children, The Early Learning Centre ( Perhaps a friend or relative in the UK could relay parcels on to you?

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I follow a few language blogs regularly. Some are about linguistics, some about language learning and some about children learning their first languages. One of my favourites is Fluent in 3 Months by Benny Lewis, a young Irishman who amuses himself by learning languages to fluency within a few months.

In the blog Bringing Up Baby Bilingual, by an American mother raising her child (and other children!) in French, there are a large number of links to other blogs and sites of interest.

Being Multilingual, by Madalena Cruz-Ferreira addresses a lot of the issues that concern people who have more than one language around them in an intelligent and entertaining way.

Please pass on links to your favourite blogs on the Growing Up with Two Languages Facebook page.

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