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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: 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: What if a parent does not understand the language a bilingual child learns first?

Q&A: What if a parent does not understand the language a bilingual child learns first?

Question Hello, I’m pregnant with our first baby and start to be worried about the future language development of my son. I’m Polish, my fiancé is French and we communicate in English (I can’t speak French and my fiancé can’t speak Polish). Nevertheless, we live in Poland as my partner works here in a French […]

Q&A: The majority language parent also speaking a non-native minority language  – recommendations?

Q&A: The majority language parent also speaking a non-native minority language – recommendations?

Question Thank you so much for your website and for the opportunity to ask a question. My French husband and I have a 4-month-old daughter who we would like to raise bilingual in Australia. English is my first language, and my French is average. My husband and I mainly communicate in English although we sometimes […]

12 discouraging comments about raising a bilingual child – and how to reply

12 discouraging comments about raising a bilingual child – and how to reply

As parents of bilingual children, many of us have been there: finding ourselves in a situation where others give us advise on what is best for our children when it comes to their languages, and how we should behave as a family. Sometimes we get brilliant ideas on how to succeed, but this is unfortunately […]

Letter to Santa from a bilingual child

Letter to Santa from a bilingual child

Dear Santa, I hope you and all your elves are well so that you can get everything ready for the big day. I write to you again this year, as I know you read all the letters because I always get at least something from my wish list. I have figured out that you must […]

Why you should happily sing to your bilingual child

Why you should happily sing to your bilingual child

Children learn language best through interaction and dialogue, and singing is a great way of engaging with children long before they can speak. All babies love the voice of their mothers and fathers, so the “I can’t sing!” excuse does not fly. “If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk, you can […]

Q&A: How strict should you be when your bilingual child answers in the "wrong" language?

Q&A: How strict should you be when your bilingual child answers in the “wrong” language?

Question Hello, How strict should you be when your child answers in the wrong language? My almost two year old is learning Spanish, Catalan and English. Spanish and Catalan from nursery (we live in Spain). Spanish from mum and English from dad (native) and English is spoken when we are all together. I know my […]

Being the grandparent of a bilingual child

Being the grandparent of a bilingual child

If you have followed my public posts on my private Facebook page, you might have noticed that grandparenthood is a very current topic for me right now – I am eagerly looking forward to welcoming the first grandchild to our family. I could compare the feeling to all the childhood Christmases coming at once! Apart […]