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Q&A: How to combine OPOL and the needs of an extended multilingual family?

Q&A: How to combine OPOL and the needs of an extended multilingual family?

Question Hello, I’m very glad I found the article about the 2 parents, 2 languages (2P2L) family language strategy as it touches on some questions that have been bugging me ever since my daughter (18mths) was born. My husband (Spanish) and I (bilingual English/German) live in Brussels and so far, we’ve been using a fairly […]

Q&A: Choosing the family language strategy after a move: when the minority language becomes the majority one.

Q&A: Choosing the family language strategy after a move: when the minority language becomes the majority one.

Question Dear Rita, Thank you for your wealth of knowledge and great posts! So far bilingual has been easy, since both my husband and I are German and we live in Texas. We both speak our native German with our almost 2-year-old daughter and with each other. She learnt and spoke the majority language English […]

5 thoughts about consistency when using OPOL (one parent, one language)

5 thoughts about consistency when using OPOL (one parent, one language)

“We are doing OPOL and I find it impossible to stay consistent in my language use – is my child’s bilingualism doomed?” – this question (or perhaps a less dramatic version of it) often pops up in forums for parents raising bilingual kids. Among the replies you will find on one hand those who state that […]

Q&A: Two family languages, children want to speak only one

Q&A: Two family languages, children want to speak only one

Question Hi, I was wondering if you could give me some feedback on how to encourage my passive bilingual kids to “produce” or speak the minority language in our home. I have 4 children ages 10, 9, 6 and 4. Both my husband and I are bilingual English/Arabic speakers. I am a native speaker of […]

Two parents, two languages – 2P2L, double the benefits of OPOL?

Two parents, two languages – 2P2L, double the benefits of OPOL?

In my series on different strategies for raising a bilingual child, I will today introduce an approach, which you may not have heard about: two parents, two languages (2P2L). Previously in this series, I have written about one parent/person, one language (OPOL), minority language at home (mL@H) and time and place (T&P). With the 2P2L […]