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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 […]

Q&A: How to adapt the family language strategy when the minority language changes?

Q&A: How to adapt the family language strategy when the minority language changes?

Question Hi, I follow your blog and have found your advice extremely helpful in bringing up my daughter as a bilingual child. A little background, my husband and I are both perfectly fluent in English and Spanish both verbally and written and in professional and casual settings. We currently live in Mexico and have a […]

Q&A: Our son only answers in English

Q&A: Our son only answers in English

Question Our son is 3 years old and we live in England. Since he was born, my partner and I have spoken to him in English and our first language Portuguese. I speak English to him because English and Portuguese are my first languages and his dad speaks mostly Portuguese to him. He goes to full-time […]

Bilingual children: 7 reasons why it may not happen

Bilingual children: 7 reasons why it may not happen

Parents who want to bring up their kids to speak more than one language can learn a lot from families who have been successful at bringing up bilingual children. However, I also think that a great deal can be learnt from those parents whose children grew up to be monolingual, as well as from adults […]

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 […]

The voice behind the blog

The voice behind the blog

I am so excited to share with you an interview I did earlier on this month. Thank you to Olena Centeno, one of the co-founders of Bilingual Kids Rock, who did all the hard work for this interview. You can also listen to the interview on the Bilingual Kids Rock website, which is probably the […]

Things that can go wrong when raising a bilingual child. Part 1 of 3

Things that can go wrong when raising a bilingual child. Part 1 of 3

Bringing up a child is never without its challenges – the types of things we have to tackle just varies depending on the age of the child. Adding another language to the mix will bring its own stumbling blocks. In this series of three blogs I will discuss the most common of them. Not even […]

Pricken – the Swedish speaking kitten

Pricken – the Swedish speaking kitten

Today I will tell you the story about Pricken, the Swedish speaking kitten, that came to play an important role in my eldest daughter Minna’s language learning. It shows how a little bit of creative thinking can come to rescue when you are bringing up a bilingual child. I also hope it can serve as […]

"Is it too late to start speaking my language to our son?"

“Is it too late to start speaking my language to our son?”

“You must start when he is a small baby!”, “No point trying after he has turned three!”, “Definitely begin before he goes to school!”, “Older than seven and he will not get fluent!”, “He’s a teenager – no way!” Those are some of the answers you may get – and do you know what, they […]

"My teenage daughter has stopped speaking my language!"

“My teenage daughter has stopped speaking my language!”

Beautiful flowers with accompanying thistles. Teenagers love to rebel, that’s how it is, has always been and will always be. Better just be prepared for it. If two languages have been the norm so far in the family, you might just be about the experience a major rebellion. By the time your daughter* has grown […]