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Q&A: How to support a bilingual 3-year-old learning a third language?

Q&A: How to support a bilingual 3-year-old learning a third language?

  Question Hi! I’m German, my wife is Greek, we live in Greece. Our daughter is 3 1/2 years old. I speak only German to her (and she responds in German). My wife and everybody else speak only Greek to her (and she responds in Greek). My daughter’s Greek is amazingly good for this age. […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 15

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 15

Exciting news from the real life of our fictional multilingual family! Monday Sorry for not writing for a long time, I have not been very well … or actually, I am feeling fantastic, over the moon to be precise! Yes, you guessed it, we are having baby number three! If all goes well, there will […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 14

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 14

New year, new (and old) challenges for our fictional multilingual family! Monday Oh my, I haven’t written in my diary for what feels like ages! Christmas and New Year have passed and we had the opportunity to spend some time with both sets of grandparents. Lots of new books and games in the house! S had […]

Q&A: What if a bilingual child's majority language is not as advanced as the minority one?

Q&A: What if a bilingual child’s majority language is not as advanced as the minority one?

Question I’m American and speak English to my children (now aged 12 & 9). We live in the Netherlands. My husband is Dutch by birth (and speaks Dutch to them), but his mom is Spanish/Catalan and his dad is Czech/Slovakian (but also speak only Dutch to the kids). Telling you this because nearly everyone involved […]

Bilinguals and accents

Bilinguals and accents

Should you be able to speak a language without an accent to call yourself bilingual? Can you acquire a native-like accent in a language you learn later in life? Do others guess where your accent is from? Does it really matter? Do you care? I have recently discussed accents with a few different people, some […]

Many languages, one identity

Many languages, one identity

In a recent radio program on multilingualism the bilingual poet and Professor Gustavo Perez Firmat stated that he feels very differently about his two languages, with English being a happier language than Spanish. He also answered ‘Yes’ to the question whether he felt like a different person when speaking each language. I find this very […]

7 things that happen to parents raising a bilingual child

7 things that happen to parents raising a bilingual child

No two multilingual families are the same and children learn their languages differently, but some things that parents of bilingual children experience seem to be universal. As a parent bringing up your child to speak more than one language, you… 1. Become more aware of your native language Because you know that your child will […]

5 practical tips for (re)introducing a minority language

5 practical tips for (re)introducing a minority language

Some time ago I wrote a post on what you need to consider when you want bring (back) a family language into your child’s life. I also wrote a piece on motivating your child to use the minority language and become an active bilingual. Many parents have asked me to follow up with some practical […]

12 silly questions a bilingual could ask a monolingual

12 silly questions a bilingual could ask a monolingual

Throughout history bilingual people have been (and still are) asked some fairly silly questions. What if the shoe was on the other foot – what questions could we as bilinguals ask? 1 – What have you done to cure your monolingualism? Bilingual people have been classed as strange and some people have wanted to shield […]

Announcing my book: Bringing up a Bilingual Child

Announcing my book: Bringing up a Bilingual Child

I can’t tell you how excited I am to announce that my book “Bringing up a Bilingual Child” will be out in June! It is a how-to-guide for parents raising bilingual children in families with more than one language. The subtitle of the book is “How to Navigate the Seven Cs of Multilingual Parenting: Communication, […]