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Q&A: Is it normal for a bilingual toddler to go silent?

Q&A: Is it normal for a bilingual toddler to go silent?

  Question Hello! My husband and I are Spanish living in Ireland. My toddler just is two years of age and goes to crèche three days a week three hours per day. We use Spanish all the time with him and let English language to come bit by bit trough his experiences in crèche or […]

Q&A: Will introducing a third language set back the second for a bilingual toddler?

Q&A: Will introducing a third language set back the second for a bilingual toddler?

    Question Hi all! We are an Italian family of three, our son is now 20 months old. We always speak Italian at home, with me mixing Italian and English. My son attends an Italian nursery school, but is highly exposed to English as we also have an English-speaking nanny and we always watch […]

Q&A: To support the minority language after a move, should you change the language you speak with your child?

Q&A: To support the minority language after a move, should you change the language you speak with your child?

Question Hello, I would like your advice on what language to speak to my son. I am bilingual (English and Greek) and my husband is Greek and we were brought up in Greece. We have decided from the beginning that I would only speak English to our son and my husband would only speak Greek. […]

Q&A: How to support a toddler's minority language which a parent has not spoken with the child in the past?

Q&A: How to support a toddler’s minority language which a parent has not spoken with the child in the past?

Question Hello Coaches! I grew up in the US, with a Colombian mother and a German father. It was always clear that English was not spoken at home, and my parents followed OPOL very closely. Because I never had formal schooling in Spanish, my spoken Spanish is fluent, but not at the level of my […]

Q&A: Choosing the language of childcare for a bilingual toddler

Q&A: Choosing the language of childcare for a bilingual toddler

Question Hello, We are a trilingual family with me speaking in German to my son, my husband in Spanish and between my husband and I we speak in English. We have recently moved from Germany to New York and are now wondering which child care option to choose. They have English, Spanish and German on […]

Q&A: How to increase the minority language exposure for a toddler?

Q&A: How to increase the minority language exposure for a toddler?

Question Hi, I am Brazilian and my husband is German. We live in Germany and raise our almost two years old son bilingual. We do OPOL with our son and our common language is mostly German. My husband speaks Portuguese but not so well. At the moment my son attends a German daycare in the […]

Q&A: Is it a good idea to introduce two additional languages to a preschooler?

Q&A: Is it a good idea to introduce two additional languages to a preschooler?

Question Hello, My daughter is in Kindergarten in a German School, where they use the one person, one language method. Both my husband and I have Spanish as mother tongue and we live in a Spanish-speaking country. We don´t know how to speak German, so at home we only speak Spanish. I am fluent in […]

Q&A: How to prepare a bilingual toddler for a move to another country?

Q&A: How to prepare a bilingual toddler for a move to another country?

Question Hello, I’m looking for resources and advice for educating our daughter who is now nearly 7 months old. My husband and I currently live in the USA but will be moving to Germany when our daughter is 1 1/2 years old. I’m a native English speaker (US). My husband is a native German (also […]