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Q&A: Is it worth passing on a family language for which there is only limited use?

Q&A: Is it worth passing on a family language for which there is only limited use?

  Question Hello My husband and I are expecting a baby. We live in the US, and he is from a small African country. He speaks his native language fluently and very good English and French. I want our child to speak his language (which I have only basic knowledge of), so she can feel […]

Q&A: How to do OPOL as parents if you are used to mixing languages?

Q&A: How to do OPOL as parents if you are used to mixing languages?

  Question Hello My wife is Australian, I am Flemish (Dutch-speaking Belgium) and that is also where we live. We are expecting and want our child to be bilingual English-Dutch to pass on both of our cultural identities. Nowadays, since my wife’s Dutch has become very good, my wife and I speak a mixture of […]

Q&A: How to engage a 10-year-old to speak the minority language and expand his vocabulary?

Q&A: How to engage a 10-year-old to speak the minority language and expand his vocabulary?

  Question Hello! Great website – thank you for taking the time to do this! We have two kids raised from birth bilingual in Italian and English. BUT dad speaks only one of the languages (English) and we’re living in the US where foreign languages are fairly non-existent at elementary school. Kids talk among themselves […]

Q&A: “Am I a poor parent for not speaking the minority language with our child?”

Q&A: “Am I a poor parent for not speaking the minority language with our child?”

  Question Hello I have question and maybe this may seem silly, but do you think that the fact that parents who don’t teach or raise their kids as native bilinguals are “poor parents”? My son is 7. He speaks predominantly English at home but can communicate a little bit in Spanish with my parents. […]

Q&A: How to reintroduce a minority language to a speech-delayed child and a younger sibling?

Q&A: How to reintroduce a minority language to a speech-delayed child and a younger sibling?

  Question Hello, I am German and, my now, ex-husband is English/Australian. The kids spend half of the week with him and the other half with me. I used to talk German to my son from birth onward, but when he was diagnosed with a speech delay which was luckily very early, as I could […]

Q&A: Should a parent stop speaking a non-native language so that a child does not get an accent?

Q&A: Should a parent stop speaking a non-native language so that a child does not get an accent?

  Question Hello, My family and I live in Iran. We don’t have many bilinguals or multinationals in our country. People know a little English but not very much. I have a daughter, who is 6 years old. I am an English-teacher in my country, too. I teach kids under the age of 7. When […]

Q&A: Should parents always speak their native language with their children?

Q&A: Should parents always speak their native language with their children?

  Question Hello I work in a school and we have concerns about a child whose English vocabulary is very limited. Her mother (who is native English speaker but who spent part of her childhood in France) speaks to her in French at home. Father is absent so French is the main language used at […]

Q&A: Is a dual-language school which introduces a third language the right choice for a bilingual child?

Q&A: Is a dual-language school which introduces a third language the right choice for a bilingual child?

  Question Hi, I have a 4-year-old son. We live in Los Angeles. I’m originally from India and native Hindi speaker. My husband is American and monolingual (English). Since my son’s birth I’ve been on a mission to teach him Hindi. I’m proud to say that he understands Hindi completely and speaks as well. Though […]

Q&A: Will introducing a third language set back the second for a bilingual toddler?

Q&A: Will introducing a third language set back the second for a bilingual toddler?

    Question Hi all! We are an Italian family of three, our son is now 20 months old. We always speak Italian at home, with me mixing Italian and English. My son attends an Italian nursery school, but is highly exposed to English as we also have an English-speaking nanny and we always watch […]

Q&A: Is it necessary to arrange additional tuition for a child’s minority language?

Q&A: Is it necessary to arrange additional tuition for a child’s minority language?

  Question Hi, My question is, do you need to set aside time for language lessons either by parents or professional for the minority language? My 3-year-old daughter speaks Spanish (we live in Spain) and English (minority language) and she is well on her way to being bilingual, her English level is above most 3 […]