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Q&A: Choosing the school language for a bilingual child – one of the home languages or a third one?

Q&A: Choosing the school language for a bilingual child – one of the home languages or a third one?

  Question Hello, My daughter is two years old. We live in Beirut, Lebanon. Our community language is Arabic. Our schools provide education either in English or in French. Some schools teach both English and French languages equally. Since birth, my daughter was exposed to both English and Arabic. At first, I used to speak […]

Q&A: How to maintain and support minority languages in a multilingual family?

Q&A: How to maintain and support minority languages in a multilingual family?

Question Hello, I am currently pregnant with our first child and my husband and I are trying to make a family language plan. I am American so my native language is English, but I also know a good amount of French and a few words and phrases in Ewe. My husband is Togolese and speaks […]

Q&A: How to support a small bilingual child with the school languages?

Q&A: How to support a small bilingual child with the school languages?

  Question Hi The best way to learn a language? We live in the country (Spain), of course. Well this is our problem: We have a son who is three and a half. He was born in Barcelona. We have lived here for many years. I’m English and his mother is Danish. We both speak […]

Q&A: How to implement a combined OPOL + Time and Place family language strategy?

Q&A: How to implement a combined OPOL + Time and Place family language strategy?

Question Hello, I have a question regarding raising a trilingual child. I was raised bilingual by my German father and English mother. I grew up in Germany but have spent a substantial amount of time living in the UK also. My husband is French and we live in France with our 17-month-old daughter. I am […]

Q&A: How to introduce two minority languages to your kids?

Q&A: How to introduce two minority languages to your kids?

Question Hi Rita, Thank you for the lovely pieces of advice. I am Mongolian and my husband is Italian. We have two kids aged four and and two years. We live in the U.K and we always used English at home. My daughters are absolutely great at talking and expressing themselves in English. Although I […]

Q&A: What to do when a bilingual school-aged child’s minority language is the stronger one?

Q&A: What to do when a bilingual school-aged child’s minority language is the stronger one?

  Question Hello, I wonder if you have any recommendations. My daughter is seven and has lived in Italy since she was 8 months old, however she didn’t start going to school till she was 5. At home I (mom) speak to her in English only and everyone else (including dad) speaks to her in […]

Q&A: How to pass on both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese as minority languages?

Q&A: How to pass on both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese as minority languages?

  Question Hi, Both my husband and myself are native in speaking Cantonese. We live in the US but we communicate in Cantonese with my 2-year-old as well. My husband is also a native Mandarin speaker while I speak Mandarin with some accent and sometimes just speak by guessing how to speak some of the […]

Q&A: Deciding whether to speak a native dialect or an almost native language with a child

Q&A: Deciding whether to speak a native dialect or an almost native language with a child

  Question Hi, I have been struggling with the decision of which language to speak to my daughter. She is now nine months old. So far I have spoken to her mainly in French.  I am half British and half Moroccan. I grew up speaking English with my mother, Moroccan Arabic mixed with French with […]

Q&A: How can a majority language parent help her child with two additional family languages?

Q&A: How can a majority language parent help her child with two additional family languages?

  Question Hello Rita and other coaches! I’m Italian, my husband is Egyptian and we’re currently living in Italy. We have a 6-month-old baby girl to whom we’re speaking our respective mother languages. I have a few concerns which I’d like to have your suggestion about: 1. ARABIC: My husband is the only Arabic speaker […]

Q&A: Should a couple switch from English to the majority language as their common language?

Q&A: Should a couple switch from English to the majority language as their common language?

  Question Hello, I just ran into your website and I loved it. I have a son who is 1.5 years old. I am Albanian, my husband is Spanish. We want to raise our son bilingual, so our plan is that I speak with him in Albanian only (minority language), and my husband speaks with […]