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How to use "monolingual toys" to motivate bilingual children

How to use “monolingual toys” to motivate bilingual children

  “How do I introduce another language for my toddler?” “How can I motivate my little one to speak my language?” “How to have fun when practicing the kids’ minority language?” These are questions I often get in the queries sent to our team of Family Language Coaches. One of the recommendations I often give […]

Q&A: How to reintroduce a minority language to a speech-delayed child and a younger sibling?

Q&A: How to reintroduce a minority language to a speech-delayed child and a younger sibling?

  Question Hello, I am German and, my now, ex-husband is English/Australian. The kids spend half of the week with him and the other half with me. I used to talk German to my son from birth onward, but when he was diagnosed with a speech delay which was luckily very early, as I could […]

Bilingual children – no language confusion!

Bilingual children – no language confusion!

  We have answered more than two hundred questions on the topic of raising bilingual children, and the worry that gets mentioned most frequently is whether kids growing up to learn more than one language can get confused by the languages in their family and environment. Again and again we emphasize that this is a […]

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 […]