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Q&A: How to correct a trilingual child's pronunciation?

Q&A: How to correct a trilingual child’s pronunciation?

  Question Hello! My husband and I live in Belgium and before the birth of our son we were speaking English to each other. However due to our complex family and cultural situation we decided to step away from English and limit the languages to three only. Our son is now 18 months and since […]

Q&A: When to introduce a parent’s second language to a trilingual (-to-be) baby?

Q&A: When to introduce a parent’s second language to a trilingual (-to-be) baby?

  Question Dear Multilingual Coaches, I was really pleased to find a place like this offering so much on the topic of multilinguism! Me and my husband have a six-week-ols baby girl, and I wanted to seek your advice on how to introduce our child to all three languages we/I speak on a daily basis. […]

Q&A: How to introduce a third language to a bilingual toddler?

Q&A: How to introduce a third language to a bilingual toddler?

  Question Hi there, I have a question about how I should go about introducing a third language. My 2-year-old is currently bilingual (English, Bosnian). I speak both languages, my husband speaks Bosnian and some English, so I am the one who speaks nothing but English all the time, and husband does a combination. I […]

Q&A: “Will my grandson ever learn English, or will he have a strong accent?”

Q&A: “Will my grandson ever learn English, or will he have a strong accent?”

  Question Hello My English son married a Mexican girl and their son was born in the US where they still live. My daughter-in-law speaks English but with a very heavy accent and she has found this to be a great disadvantage life and work wise, as where they live there is overt discrimination against […]

Q&A: Switching from OPOL to mL@H to maximise the exposure to the minority language?

Q&A: Switching from OPOL to mL@H to maximise the exposure to the minority language?

  Question Hi, I am wondering whether it would be helpful to change our approach. My daughter is 23 months old and I’ve been speaking German with her, while my husband has been speaking English. I am a stay-at-home mom and we are living in Germany, so German is the majority language, although my husband […]

Q&A: How to convince a reluctant parent to speak a minority language with a child?

Q&A: How to convince a reluctant parent to speak a minority language with a child?

  Question Hello! As every parent would like to provide best future for their children I have started to wonder about language routine for our baby girl that is due in a month. I would like to get any advice how to introduce the language that is very important to a family and I feel […]

Q&A: If a child loses a language are all the benefits of  bilingualism gone?

Q&A: If a child loses a language are all the benefits of bilingualism gone?

  Question Hei! I am a German single mom to a soon 4-year-old boy. He was born in Finland and we’ve been living here all the time. At home I only speak German to him. He started to attend Finnish daycare at age 1.5 (part time), full time from age 2.5. Although his language development […]

Q&A: About choosing the language for day care, stuttering and mixing languages

Q&A: About choosing the language for day care, stuttering and mixing languages

    Question Hello, I am Macedonian living in Finland and my spouse is Finnish. I speak quite good English but at home we speak Finnish almost all the time. We have 2,5 months old baby for whose future I’d like her to speak Macedonian and Finnish and to learn English as well. I am […]

Q&A: How to ensure that a trilingual (-to-be) child also picks up parents’ common language?

Q&A: How to ensure that a trilingual (-to-be) child also picks up parents’ common language?

Question Hi, I have been doing a bit of reading on raising trilingual children, as my husband and I are expecting our first child in January. It seems that in most cases the parents have two individual native languages, and the third being that of the country they live in. This is not the case […]

Q&A: When to introduce a family language to a child who will attend a trilingual school?

Q&A: When to introduce a family language to a child who will attend a trilingual school?

  Question Hi I live in Hong Kong where almost everyone is trilingual speaking Cantonese, Mandarin and English. The school I will send my baby, who is five months now, is a trilingual school that will begin at the age of two (Cantonese, Mandarin and English). My husband’s native tongue is Cantonese and he also […]