Author name: Ute Limacher-Riebold

Ute is a multilingual language consultant and intercultural communication trainer and guides families through the stages of international life at "Ute's International Lounge" ( – She lives in the Netherlands with her Swiss-german husband, three children (a son and two twin-daughters) and dog. As an "expat-since-birth", she has spent her whole life living out of her passport country. She raises her multilingual children abroad too and writes about being expat/international, international childhood, parenting multilingual and multicultural children and more... at

4 Tips for a Stellar Start for International Children Starting a New School

Are you moving to a new country this summer and do you want to know how to make sure that your children have a stellar start in the new school? International children experience more change before age 18 than the average adult in his/her lifetime (David Pollock Third Culture Kids: growing up among worlds), which …

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8 Christmas Gifts for Expat Children

Many expat* or internationally living families spend the holiday season travelling, visiting family, packing, un-packing and re-packing constantly. When thinking about gifts our families will receive during this time, many of us parents start gasping… How much space do we need to leave for presents in the car trunk, suitcases etc.? What saved our …

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Celebrating linguistic diversity

Linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent. European Day of Languages In many parts of Europe we celebrated the European Day of Languages last week. In 2001, the Council of Europe established to celebrate a European Day of Languages every …

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