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Raising a bilingual child: alternatives to pretending not to understand

Raising a bilingual child: alternatives to pretending not to understand

What to do when your bilingual child avoids using the minority language and speaks to you in the majority language instead? I am all for keeping the communication going with your little one, no matter what, so you will not be surprised to hear that I do not recommend pretending to not understand what your […]

Q&A: How strict should you be when your bilingual child answers in the "wrong" language?

Q&A: How strict should you be when your bilingual child answers in the “wrong” language?

Question Hello, How strict should you be when your child answers in the wrong language? My almost two year old is learning Spanish, Catalan and English. Spanish and Catalan from nursery (we live in Spain). Spanish from mum and English from dad (native) and English is spoken when we are all together. I know my […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 12

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 12

Our fictional multilingual family is back from their holidays and are facing the daily routines. What has happened this week? Monday What a lovely summer we had! First we spent two weeks back at home in my old stomping grounds and then the in-laws came to visit for three weeks. It is amazing how much […]