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4 reasons why your bilingual child answers in the “wrong” language

4 reasons why your bilingual child answers in the “wrong” language

Getting an answer in the “wrong” language is something which especially minority language parents dread, and which gives rise to question such as: – Is it the start of a slippery slope which may end in the majority language taking over as the language of communication in our family? – Have I not done enough […]

Resources for multilingual families, part 1

Resources for multilingual families, part 1

Finding resources to support your child’s language development is something most parents of future bilinguals find themselves doing on a regular basis. It is also the question which is most frequently asked in parents’ forums. Therefore I have decided to start a resource collection for multilingual families, and today’s post is the first installment, listing […]

Bilingual children travel well, and do well to travel

Bilingual children travel well, and do well to travel

Today, having helped my younger daughter pack for her trip to the other side of the world, I was again reminded of how travelling has been important, in so many ways, for her and her sister. Apart from the obvious of visiting new and revisiting familiar places, travelling has for them played a crucial role […]

On bilingual children at school and how to keep your kids speaking your language (Google Hangout)

How to prepare your little bilingual for school? What to do if you get a response in the wrong language? Should you follow the teacher’s advice to drop your home language? These are some of the questions that Marianna Du Bosq from Bilingual Avenue and I answered during our broadcast on International Mother Language Day. […]

Bilingual children - global citizens of the future

Bilingual children – global citizens of the future

Bringing up your children to speak more than one language has many benefits – this has been proven both through research and personal experiences of bilinguals themselves. If you have read my posts before, you know that I often emphasize the benefits to the extended family bonds. When children have a common language with their […]

Q&A: What to do about bilingual teenagers mixing languages?

Q&A: What to do about bilingual teenagers mixing languages?

Question: Our children have grown up learning both family languages and they are now teenagers. We are happy they can speak both languages, but are horrified by how much they mix the languages when they speak to each other. When they speak to people who only speak one of the languages, they do manage to […]

Bilingual children might surprise you …

Bilingual children might surprise you …

Kids tend to come with surprises – raising a child in more than one language can only add to the bewilderment. Bilingual children can certainly surprise their parents (and others), because they … … sometimes refuse to speak one of their languages There are several phases and situations where a bilingual child may choose not […]

Holidays - time to boost your bilingual child's language skills

Holidays – time to boost your bilingual child’s language skills

Summer holidays = time to relax and spend quality time with your family, but not “only” that – they are an excellent opportunity to give your bilingual children’s language skills a significant boost. Having discussed holidays with other multilingual families, one thing stands out loud and clear – this is the time of the year […]

10 things bilingual children do really well

10 things bilingual children do really well

Every child is good at something and as parents we love seeing our children do well. Bilingual children have an added advantage in different situations in their lives – and they often get really good, and – depending on their personality – sometimes cheeky with their language skills. 1. Correct their parents’ language Children in […]

Bilingual children and grandparents

Bilingual children and grandparents

Today’s post about bilingual children and grandparents was partly inspired by some of the great ideas my fellow bloggers had around the topic “How technology can help you bring up a bilingual child”, which was the May edition of the Raising Multilingual Children Blogging Carnival. When my daughters were small I remember often wishing that […]