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10 reasons why your bilingual child has an advantage at school

10 reasons why your bilingual child has an advantage at school

  10 reasons why your bilingual child has an advantage at school “Should we drop a language to help our bilingual child do better at school?” is a question parents occasionally ask me when they are concerned about their kids’ educational progress. The answer is a resounding No! Giving up on speaking a home language […]

40 ways to motivate bilingual children to speak the minority language

40 ways to motivate bilingual children to speak the minority language

Babies and toddlers During the early years of your child’s “talking career” you may be holding a monologue for much of the time, but this is when you set the foundation for the language and there is a lot you can do to encourage your little one to start talking. Make talking your minority language […]

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 teenager refuses to study minority language as a subject – what to do?

Q&A: Bilingual teenager refuses to study minority language as a subject – what to do?

Question Hi! What do you recommend doing when your bilingual child is refusing to choose the minority language as a subject in High School? My daughter says she can speak it and doesn’t want to start with the basics and would hate the other pupils asking her for answers all the time. She also refuses […]

Multilingual Parenting: Top 10 posts of 2015 for parents of bilingual children

Multilingual Parenting: Top 10 posts of 2015 for parents of bilingual children

The countdown to year 2016 has started, so let’s look at the year which is coming to an end – here are the top posts of 2015, starting with number 10: 10. Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 1: Considerations Part 2 of this series is on choosing the Family language strategy and […]

21 tips throughout a bilingual child’s life

21 tips throughout a bilingual child’s life

“Practical ideas on what to do” is the request I often get when I ask my readers what I should write about in my blog – so here are 21 of them to cover the different stages! Before your baby is born 1. Get used to speaking your language with your child as early as […]

Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 3: Activities

Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 3: Activities

The third part in my series on teaching your child a non-native language is all about different language-learning activities that you can do with your kid. So far in the series I have written about the things you need to take into consideration before embarking on such a journey and which family language strategy you […]

Bilingual children and long-distance family relationships

Bilingual children and long-distance family relationships

Many bilingual children have at least one side of their extended family living fairly far away, often on the “other side of the world”. Visits are possible perhaps only once a year, or even more seldom if at all, so it is essential to find other ways to connect. Maintaining those long-distance relationships to grandparents, […]

Q&A: Is it too late to teach my children my native language?

Q&A: Is it too late to teach my children my native language?

Question Hello, I am so glad I found this website, I just realized I did a big disservice to my kids. I am Italian, live in the States, my husband is American, both of our kids were born and raised here, I have lived here for 12 years now. In the beginning I was speaking […]

Q&A: Teaching a possibly dyslexic child to read and write in the minority language.

Q&A: Teaching a possibly dyslexic child to read and write in the minority language.

Question I am a Swedish national living in the UK with my husband and 10-year-old daughter. The main language we speak at home is English, and Swedish is the minority language. My husband does not speak Swedish, whereas our daughter speaks it more or less fluently, although she does not write or read it. We […]