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Q&A: How can a small bilingual child learn two additional languages?

Q&A: How can a small bilingual child learn two additional languages?

  Question Dear Coaches, I would greatly appreciate your advice regarding raising a multilingual son in the following language environment: I would like my son to speak English, Hungarian, German and Spanish. We live in the US, my husband is American and only speaks English. I am Hungarian and speak Hungarian, English and German at […]

Q&A: How to balance the exposure to two minority languages for a trilingual (-to-be) child?

Q&A: How to balance the exposure to two minority languages for a trilingual (-to-be) child?

  Question Hello, I have been reading a lot on your website and have found a lot of interesting stories and insights! I am Franco-Chinese with French and Chinese as my mother tongues, my partner is British and we live in London. I am pregnant and I am keen to make sure that my children […]

Q&A: Which sign language to teach a child with Down syndrome in a bilingual family?

Q&A: Which sign language to teach a child with Down syndrome in a bilingual family?

  Question Hi, We are a family of three, and expecting our second child. Our daughter will be nearly four when her baby brother is due in November. I’m Finnish, my husband Irish, and we live in the US at the moment. Even if we use English together, I’ve used only Finnish with our daughter […]

Q&A: How to prioritise between several family languages for your multilingual child?

Q&A: How to prioritise between several family languages for your multilingual child?

  Question Dear Sir/Madam Our daughter is almost 15 months old and we are seeking your advice on how to work on her languages. Here is the situation in our family: My native languages are Turkish and Russian. My husband’s native language is English. We currently live in Mozambique, so she hears a lot of […]

Q&A: When to introduce the majority language to a homeschooled child speaking two minority languages?

Q&A: When to introduce the majority language to a homeschooled child speaking two minority languages?

  Question Hi! My daughter just turned two and I’ve been speaking to her in Cantonese since she was born. My husband has been speaking to her in Korean. She currently speaks both languages well. We live in the US, so community language is English. I have yet to introduce her to English other than […]

Q&A: How can a single parent raise a bilingual child?

Q&A: How can a single parent raise a bilingual child?

  Question Hey, I decided long time ago that I would want to make my possible future children multilingual. I have lived years abroad (English was and still is my study and work language), but recently moved back to Finland. I’m a native Finnish-speaker, but don’t really use the language for anything else than communicating […]

Q&A: English-only or dual-language school for a trilingual child?

Q&A: English-only or dual-language school for a trilingual child?

  Question Hello, We have two pre-schoolers (4 and 1.5 years old respectively) who are growing up as trilinguals. I am Korean, and my husband is Persian. We are also fortunate that we live with our mother-in-law who speaks only Farsi and helps raise our children at home. We have maintained OPOL policy and my […]

Q&A: Should parents ditch English as the family language to support their child’s minority languages?

Q&A: Should parents ditch English as the family language to support their child’s minority languages?

  Question Hi there! First of all, thank you so much for good work on the subject. I have been looking for such a blog for ages and now my wife found it 🙂 We also have a question regarding raising our son to be trilingual. I have read thru all the other cases, but […]

Q&A: Who should speak what language when in a family with three languages to raise a trilingual child?

Q&A: Who should speak what language when in a family with three languages to raise a trilingual child?

  Question Hello, We’re a multilingual family living in France. My name is Teresa and I’m Spanish, my husband is French and our common language is English (we started our relationship in California). Now we can communicate in French and Spanish also but we usually speak English together. We have a one-year-old baby girl, I’m […]

Q&A: Should a bilingual family swap from OPOL to mL@H when moving to a new country?

Q&A: Should a bilingual family swap from OPOL to mL@H when moving to a new country?

  Question Hello, thank you so much for this website, it has been such a great resource and source of positive reassurance on our journey to raise bilingual children. I have a question regarding switching the language method in the family. My husband is American, so English native and is learning German. I am German […]