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François Grosjean
Professor Emeritus

Psychology Today blog, Life as a bilingual, by François Grosjean and Aneta Pavlenko

To learn about this blog, see this interview with François Grosjean

List of published posts by content area


Life as a bilingual
A bilingual challenge
Myths about bilingualism
The mysteries of bilingualism Part I
The mysteries of bilingualism Part II
Bilingualism's best kept secret
How many are we?
Chasing down those 65%
Bilinguals in the United States

Adults and children
(see also Children)

Who is bilingual?
What do bilinguals and hurdlers have in common?
Visualizing one's languages
What is it like to be bilingual?
Becoming bilingual
What does it mean to be dominant in a language?
Bilinguals and accents
Retaining an accent
The person-language bond Part I
The person-language bond Part II
Refusing to speak a language
The psycholinguistics of bilingualism
When bilinguals speak
When bilinguals listen
Does processing language differently mean more efficiently?
Foreign language learning is like dating: It spurs anxiety (by Aneta Pavlenko)
Can a second language help you learn a third? (by Aneta Pavelenko)
Language learning in a multilingual country (by Aneta Pavlenko)
Perceptual insensibility in a second language

Across the lifespan

The wax and wane of languages
Changing a first language permanently
Language forgetting
Can a first language be totally forgotten? Part I
Can a first language be totally forgotten? Part II
Dormant bilinguals and President Obama
Keeping a language alive
Aging with two or more languages


Planned bilingualism: Five questions to consider
How early a second language?
One person - one language and bilingual children
Born with a preference for two languages
Born to be bilingual
Bilingual infants
When bilingual infants look at people talking
How do bilingual infants separate their languages?
Speech discrimination in bilingual infants
Do bilingual infants have better memory? (by Aneta Pavlenko)
Do they know as many words?
Intermingling languages in children
Coming back to bilingualism
Two American kids in a small Swiss village
Nuturing bilingualism in children
The languages you speak to your bilingual child
What are the effects of bilingualism?
Learning languages in the classroom and "in the wild" (by Aneta Pavlenko)
From second language learning to bilingualism in schools
What is translanguaging?
Cognitive advantages of second language immersion education
Bilingual children with hearing loss
Supporting bilingual children with special education needs

Using two or more languages

What a bilingual's languages are used for
Two questions bilinguals ask themselves when communicating with others
Intermingling languages: From conversation to literature
Interacting in just one language
False friends and other unwanted companions
Thinking and dreaming in two (or more) languages
What does it mean to think in a second language? (by Aneta Pavlenko)
What languages do bilinguals count in? (by Aneta Pavlenko)
Forgotten? Try your other language
Bilingual memory (by Aneta Pavlenko)
Why aren't you speaking the right language? Part I
Why aren't you speaking the right language? Part II
Emotions in more than one language
Love in a second language (by Aneta Pavlenko)
Poetry and the language of the heart (by Aneta Pavlenko)
Humor in bilingual couples
Why are they talking so fast?

The bilingual mind and brain

The bilingual mind
Bilingual minds, bilingual bodies (by Aneta Pavlenko)
Bilingual cognitive advantage: Where do we stand? (by Aneta Pavlenko)
The bilingual advantage: Where do we go from here?
The bilingual brain
Inside the bilingual brain (by Aneta Pavlenko)
Understanding the bilingual brain
What is different in the bilingual brain? Part I
What is different in the bilingual brain? Part II
Dementia, later-life cognition and bilingualism
The man who could no longer speak to his wife Part I
The man who could no longer speak to his wife Part II
Assessing speech perception and comprehension in bilinguals

Biculturalism / Personality

How cultures combine and blend in a person
Becoming bicultural: Celebrating Thanksgiving
Who am I?
Advantages of being bicultural
Change of language, change of personality? Part I
Change of language, change of personality? Part II
Falling in love with a culture and a language Part I
Falling in love with a culture and a language Part II
How bilinguals deal with moral dilemnas (by Aneta Pavlenko)

Special bilinguals

Teaching and living with two or more languages
Desperately seeking a final translation
Those incredible interpreters
The linguistic and cultural skills of sleeper agents
Passing for a native speaker (by Aneta Pavlenko)
Portraying heritage language speakers
Amazing bilingual writers Part I
Amazing bilingual writers Part II
Lost in translation
Poetry in a second language (by Aneta Pavlenko)
Living in parts, dreaming of wholeness (by Aneta Pavlenko)
The secrets of a successful language learner (by Aneta Pavlenko)
The dark side of the recent polyglot hype (by Aneta Pavlenko)


Noam Chomsky on bilingualism
Sign language and bilingualism
When sign language influences speech
The day the Supreme Court ruled on the bilingual mind
Second language speakers and police interviews (by Aneta Pavlenko)
The rose
What did he say?

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