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Q&A: How to pass on and maintain three languages in a family facing a possible move?

Q&A: How to pass on and maintain three languages in a family facing a possible move?

  Question Hello! I have a question about raising a trilingual child and I need some guidance on that! My name is Daniela. My first language is Brazilian Portuguese. My Indian husband is a Hindi-speaker. We live in the United States where I am a PhD student. We have a 7-month-old boy we want to […]

Q&A: Changing the language parents speak with a 1-year-old – is it too late and how to do it?

Q&A: Changing the language parents speak with a 1-year-old – is it too late and how to do it?

  Question Hi there, I would like to ask for your advice. My husband is Portuguese and I am Hungarian and we live in England. Our daughter is almost one year old, and we mostly speak to her in English. She does hear conversations in both other languages, when we speak to families or friends but […]

Q&A: Big sister’s concerns about the language choices for her little sister

Q&A: Big sister’s concerns about the language choices for her little sister

  Question Hey there! I am not a parent, just an older sister whose parents are struggling with handling this whole bi-/tri-/quadri-lingual situation. All they ever say is “don’t forget Chinese”, and it seems like they’re dismissing some other important concerns here, for the whole family. My little sister is turning 6 this year, and […]

Q&A: Questions about raising a trilingual child and balancing the exposure to three languages

Q&A: Questions about raising a trilingual child and balancing the exposure to three languages

Question Dear Rita, first of all, I’m VERY happy I’ve stumbled across this website! It’s really interesting to read other parents’ stories and your replies, and great to see so many people are in similar situations. This is our trilingual situation: My wife is Iranian, I am German, but I grew up speaking German and […]

Q&A: How to pass on two minority languages in a multilingual environment?

Q&A: How to pass on two minority languages in a multilingual environment?

Question Hello, My name is Maria, I am Italian and together with my Libyan husband we have a 10-month-old son. Together we live in Malta, where our son was born. Our common language is English, since I do not understand Arabic and my husband doesn’t understand Italian. In Malta, English is an official language besides […]

Q&A: What to do when a multilingual child struggles when starting an immersion program?

Q&A: What to do when a multilingual child struggles when starting an immersion program?

  Question Hello! Question about 4th language. I am wondering if we made the right decision in sending our 6-year-old into an immersion program where she is introduced into her fourth language. We live in Canada in an English-speaking province within close proximity to the French speaking province so French is prevalent and often a […]

Q&A: When and how to introduce the concept of different languages to a small bilingual child?

Q&A: When and how to introduce the concept of different languages to a small bilingual child?

  Question Hello! What age is appropriate to introduce the concept of language to a child? I don’t mean teaching the child a second language but teaching him that there are different languages and that each one has a name. We use OPOL at home with our 3-year-old boy. We live in Mexico and my […]

Q&A: How to introduce a family language to older trilingual children?

Q&A: How to introduce a family language to older trilingual children?

  Question Hi, We are a family of four living in Germany. Father is British, mum is Norwegian but moved to France at 16. Kids (girl 10 and boy 7) are in a French school, but are also thought German every day as a mother tongue. They are completely trilingual, French, English, German (spoken all […]

Q&A: What to do when parents-to-be do not agree about raising bilingual children?

Q&A: What to do when parents-to-be do not agree about raising bilingual children?

  Question Hello I’m recently engaged. My fiancé and I are discussing those premarital topics. Child rearing has come up. He only speaks English. My native language is English, but I’m majoring in Spanish. I brought up the fact that I absolutely want to bring up our eventual kids as bilinguals. He was opposed to […]

Q&A: When and how to introduce a third language to a bilingual child?

Q&A: When and how to introduce a third language to a bilingual child?

  Question Hi, This website has helped me so much, it’s wonderful! We are a bilingual family and live in the US. I only speak Spanish to my 15 months old and my husband English most of the time (he is American, I’m Latina). Both my husband and I work full time, we have an […]