Hi, I am Rita Rosenback, the author of “Bringing up a Bilingual Child” and the blogger on this site. Children and languages are my passion, and I have written my book for parents and carers in families with more than one language. It is an easy-to-read guide with practical advice for parents raising bilingual children. The book’s subtitle “Navigating the seven Cs of multilingual parenting: Communication, Confidence, Commitment, Consistency, Creativity, Culture and Celebration” lists the core components of successfully passing on a family language to the next generation. In addition to the down-to-earth hints and tips I also tell you about my family’s journey and how my daughters acquired their languages. The Special Edition contains two additional chapters – the first one list ideas on how to engage your child to speak your language and the second is a list of encouraging thoughts for when you need them the most. Buying the Special Edition also gives you access to additional resources on the website.
From the blog
- Guest post: Social media platforms and apps for bilingual older children and teens
- It gives me great pleasure to welcome today’s guest blogger, Amy Williams, a free-lance journalist based in Southern California and mother of two. As a parent, Amy enjoys spreading the word on positive parenting techniques in the digital age and raising awareness on issues like cyberbullying and online safety. You can connect with Amy via Twitter. The word is [...]
- Tizenkét dolog amit a szülöknek tudni kell, ahhoz hogy kétnyelvű gyereket neveljenek
- 1 – Ez nem történik varázsszóra A gyerekek nem válnak kétnyelvűvé varázsszóra. Van egy kitartó hiedelem amely szerint a „gyerekek olyanok mint a szivacsok amikor nyelvekről van szó” és megtanulják az összes nyelvet amit rendszeresen hallanak. Ez egyszerűen nem igaz. Igen, megfelelő körülmények között a gyerekek úgy nőnek fel, hogy elsajátítják a családi nyelveket, [...]
- 10 things parents of bilingual children should avoid
- When you are raising your child to speak more than one language, it is important to know how to go about it – this is the raison d’être of my blog! It is however equally important to be aware of the things you should avoid when bringing up a bilingual child. Generally, I am a [...]
- 12 things parents raising bilingual children need to know
- This post is also available in the following languages (click on the picture to read the post). More translations to follow: 1 – It doesn’t happen by magic Children do not become bilingual “by magic”. There is a persistent myth claiming that “children are like sponges when it comes to language” and [...]
- Code-switching vs language mixing
- This is an extended version of a post from January 2013. If you are a bilingual like me, you know we all do it – mix our languages when we speak to other bilinguals. When we cannot think of a word in one language or if there is a better expression for what we want [...]
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- Q&A: Should we choose the majority language or a third one as our family language?
- Question Hello, We are Czech-Finnish couple living for 3 years in Finland and we just got our first child. We tried to agree on our family-language-strategy before our son was born, but we couldn´t agree on one. What was sure was, that each one of us wants to speak to son with own mother language: [...]