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7 challenges and solutions for raising a bilingual child

7 challenges and solutions for raising a bilingual child

Parents who want to bring up their kids to speak the family languages can learn a lot from those families who have been successful at bringing up bilingual children. However, I also think that a great deal can be learnt from parents whose children grew up not becoming fluent in the family’s minority language. It is equally […]

Q&A: Are three languages too many for a small child?

Q&A: Are three languages too many for a small child?

Question Hello, I have a question concerning a triligual environment in which my daughter (9 month old baby) lives. I am Serbian and my husband is French and we are currently living in France. I am speaking my native language to our baby and my husband his. She is going to a French nursery since […]

5 thoughts to boost the confidence of parents of bilingual children

5 thoughts to boost the confidence of parents of bilingual children

As parents most of us have an ideal picture of what we want our children to be like when they grow up. Some of us are more specific than others with regards to the personality traits and behaviours we wish for our children, but for most of us ‘happy’, ‘honest’ and ‘confident’ feature high on […]

Q&A: Should a minority language parent also help a toddler with the majority language?

Q&A: Should a minority language parent also help a toddler with the majority language?

Question Hello! Me, my husband and our 11-month-old son (and another baby coming very soon) are living in Australia. My husband is Australian and talks English to our son and I am Norwegian and talk Norwegian to our son. I have some questions that I would like to get some help assessing now in the […]

Bilingual children: how to boost language skills during holidays

Bilingual children: how to boost language skills during holidays

This is the time of the year when our social media feeds get filled with pictures of families holidaying – either on a relaxing staycation in their own home or out and about in the country or abroad. Whatever way you decide to spend your family holidays, it is always a great opportunity for bilingual […]

Q&A: Before a move, should children learn some of the language used at their new nursery?

Q&A: Before a move, should children learn some of the language used at their new nursery?

Question Hi, we are a German-American couple with two kids (4.5 and 2). We’ve been pretty successful with being a bilingual family so far. Our older son is fluent in German and English. The younger one is just starting to speak, but already understands both languages as well. Now we will move to Sweden. The […]

Q&A: Are bilingual siblings similar in their language development?

Q&A: Are bilingual siblings similar in their language development?

  Question Hello! We moved as an English speaking family to Spain when my daughter was one, at the time none of us could speak Spanish and it was pretty hard. We naturally spoke English in the house and we still do. My daughter did not speak in sentences until she was about four, apart […]

Professor François Grosjean - on bilingualism, language mode and identity

Professor François Grosjean – on bilingualism, language mode and identity

Fantastic interview with Professor François Grosjean, my all-time favourite specialist on bilingualism, conducted by Fabrice Jaumont, Education Attaché at the Cultural Services in New York. The video is brimming with useful information, to-the-point observations and helpful advice on raising bilingual children, not forgetting interesting insights into Professor Grosjean’s own bilingual background. The interview lasts about […]

Is it too late to introduce your language to your child?

Is it too late to introduce your language to your child?

“You must start speaking your language to your baby from day one!” “She is already three and you haven’t started yet? She won’t sound like a native!” “If you don’t introduce the language before he goes to school, you have missed your chance!” “Older than seven and he will not get fluent!” “Do you really […]