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Paula

My daughter’s name means “fortune of the moon”

It happens all too often, when parents believe that the name they have given their child is not acceptable in Irish society and so the child is given an alias. I asked mum, “Why has your daughter been called Xin Yue (pronounced “zin you”)?” and Mum who is called Yu (pronounced oo) told me that

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Paula

Time to Talk: Part 2

As I discussed in part one of this blog post, the most challenging moment in our journey as a multilingual family was when our daughter did not want me to speak my native language to her in front of others due to embarrassment. As a lecturer in the field, I could easily theorise how this

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Lyndsey Cummins

Time to Talk: Part 1

We are a multilingual family of six with English and Danish spoken at home, and Irish in school and preschool. My husband and I are in a parent-teacher meeting on zoom with our daughter’s first class teacher. After a lovely and warm report on our daughter’s academic and social skills, I ask him how she

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Alicja McCloskey

Bilingual voices – reflections on practice

When I got my first ‘real job’ in an early years setting in Ireland, I was appointed a preschool room leader and asked to begin in early September one year. I remember being very excited about my new role and having ideas for what games I could play with the children and imagining what we

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Milica Atanackovic

It’s my name!

When I heard Denise Chaila’s song ‘Chaila,’ I could relate. I have a Serbian name: Milica – pronounced Mill-its-uh – it’s not Melissa, Melisha, Vanessa, Melicka, Militsea. I always have my name mispronounced and misspelled. Even when I correct people, it is often mispronounced, and I have family members and long-term friends that still misspell

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Lydia Murphy

Action research in action

‘Before I began my academic journey, I would have never viewed myself as a real researcher; that was someone far more professional than me- possibly a woman in a white coat! Yet, with my new knowledge, training and unpacking my beliefs about researchers, I came to realise that maybe I could be in fact one

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