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Multilingual Parenting: Top 10 posts of 2015 for parents of bilingual children

Multilingual Parenting: Top 10 posts of 2015 for parents of bilingual children

The countdown to year 2016 has started, so let’s look at the year which is coming to an end – here are the top posts of 2015, starting with number 10: 10. Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 1: Considerations Part 2 of this series is on choosing the Family language strategy and […]

10 things parents of bilingual children should avoid

10 things parents of bilingual children should avoid

When you are raising your child to speak more than one language, it is important to know how to go about it – this is the raison d’être of my blog! It is however equally important to be aware of the things you should avoid when bringing up a bilingual child. Generally, I am a […]

4 reasons why your bilingual child answers in the “wrong” language

4 reasons why your bilingual child answers in the “wrong” language

Getting an answer in the “wrong” language is something which especially minority language parents dread, and which gives rise to question such as: – Is it the start of a slippery slope which may end in the majority language taking over as the language of communication in our family? – Have I not done enough […]

5 habits for parents raising bilingual children

5 habits for parents raising bilingual children

The custom is to make resolutions for the new year, but as we all know, most of them fall by the wayside well before the shops start stocking chocolate for Valentine’s Day. As a parent of a bilingual child, what could you do instead? My advice is to forget about resolutions and think more about […]

12 silly questions a bilingual could ask a monolingual

12 silly questions a bilingual could ask a monolingual

Throughout history bilingual people have been (and still are) asked some fairly silly questions. What if the shoe was on the other foot – what questions could we as bilinguals ask? 1 – What have you done to cure your monolingualism? Bilingual people have been classed as strange and some people have wanted to shield […]

10 things bilingual children do really well

10 things bilingual children do really well

Every child is good at something and as parents we love seeing our children do well. Bilingual children have an added advantage in different situations in their lives – and they often get really good, and – depending on their personality – sometimes cheeky with their language skills. 1. Correct their parents’ language Children in […]

Single parent? Want to raise a bilingual child?

Single parent? Want to raise a bilingual child?

Most advice for parents raising bilingual children is based on the presumption that there are two parents actively involved in the upbringing. What if you are a single parent and don’t have the support of a partner – can it still be done? This is a question that has been put to me quite a […]

7 ways to motivate your child to speak the minority language

7 ways to motivate your child to speak the minority language

Motivation is the key to any language learning, never more so than for a bilingual child keeping up with the minority language. 1 – Habit If you consistently stick to speaking the minority language with your children, they are less likely to want to switch to the majority language with you, even when it becomes […]

12 things parents raising bilingual children need to know

12 things parents raising bilingual children need to know

This post is also available in the following languages (click on the picture to read the post). More translations to follow: 1 – It doesn’t happen by magic Children do not become bilingual “by magic”. There is a persistent myth claiming that “children are like sponges when it comes to language” and that they will […]

Bilingual parents – what to do if you are told to drop a language?

Bilingual parents – what to do if you are told to drop a language?

This is post I wish I wouldn’t have to write, and I had hoped advising parents to stick to only one language would be a thing of the past. But it isn’t. Only last week I was contacted by two worried parents from different parts of the world who had been told that their use […]