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Q&A: Bilingual or trilingual baby - how many languages from the start?

Q&A: Bilingual or trilingual baby – how many languages from the start?

Question Hello Family Language Coaches! My husband and I are about to have a baby. We live in Italy. I am native in Serbian, fluent in English and lower intermediate in Italian. He is native Italian, fluent in English, beginner Serbian. We primarily communicate in English and live far from grandparents and relatives (who would, […]

Q&A: How can one parent pass on two languages?

Q&A: How can one parent pass on two languages?

Question Hello! I have a challenge approaching with the birth of my daughter. My partner is Polish and will be speaking to her in Polish. I am half Czech and although was not spoken to as a child managed to learn the language enough to speak and maintain relationships with my relatives there. My partner […]

My bilingual parenting journey – no regrets but a few I-wish-I-had-knowns

My bilingual parenting journey – no regrets but a few I-wish-I-had-knowns

I am very happy with how my daughters have grown up to speak several languages, and I am looking forward to supporting the coming generation of our family in the quest of learning to speak more than one language. Looking back, there are certainly a few things I would have liked to have known when […]

Q&A: How can a nanny support and understand a  trilingual baby?

Q&A: How can a nanny support and understand a trilingual baby?

Question Hi, I am nannying for a family who are multilingual, the mother is Chinese, the father is German and I am English. Also they speak English to each other. The child is eight months old at the moment. I was wondering if you had any tips or the best way to ensure she grows […]

Is it too late to introduce your language to your child?

Is it too late to introduce your language to your child?

“You must start speaking your language to your baby from day one!” “She is already three and you haven’t started yet? She won’t sound like a native!” “If you don’t introduce the language before he goes to school, you have missed your chance!” “Older than seven and he will not get fluent!” “Do you really […]

Q&A: Bilingual siblings and their language preferences

Q&A: Bilingual siblings and their language preferences

Question Hello, I am Franco-Mexican and my husband is Dutch. We have two daughters and live in the Netherlands. I only speak Spanish to them, my husband only Dutch, and together we speak English. This works perfectly for us, they don’t mix up, but… lately my oldest only speaks Dutch to her sister (my youngest […]

Bilingualism – choice or necessity?

Bilingualism – choice or necessity?

Growing up bilingual is another aspect of my early childhood which was a given for me (last week I wrote about how I took for granted my right to speak my mother tongue at school). I really had no choice, as my mother spoke Finnish with me and my father Swedish. They did not have […]

Q&A: How to adjust the family language strategy when a trilingual child's majority language changes?

Q&A: How to adjust the family language strategy when a trilingual child’s majority language changes?

Question Hello, I am Mari, I am Italian and I live in Finland with my Finnish husband and our 10 months old daughter. My husband and I met in the UK where we lived for about 10 years until we moved to Finland 2 years ago. We have been always communicating in English and although […]

Early Bilingual Language Development: Facts and Fictions [guest post]

Early Bilingual Language Development: Facts and Fictions [guest post]

I am delighted to introduce you to today’s guest blogger, Dr. Mary-Pat O’Malley-Keighran. She is a lecturer, author, researcher, speech and language therapist, and lover of all things to do with speech, language, and communication. She has over 20 years’ experience of working with families and 14 years of teaching speech and language students. In her […]

Q&A: Should we also speak the third family language to our baby?

Q&A: Should we also speak the third family language to our baby?

Question Hi! I am Spanish and my husband Thai, we have a 10-month-old baby girl, and we live in Thailand. My husband and I speak to each other in English (not a very good one). I would like to know what would be your advice because we would love her to learn Spanish, Thai and […]