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Q&A: How to ensure that a trilingual (-to-be) child also picks up parents’ common language?

Q&A: How to ensure that a trilingual (-to-be) child also picks up parents’ common language?

Question Hi, I have been doing a bit of reading on raising trilingual children, as my husband and I are expecting our first child in January. It seems that in most cases the parents have two individual native languages, and the third being that of the country they live in. This is not the case […]

Q&A: Should parents ditch English as the family language to support their child’s minority languages?

Q&A: Should parents ditch English as the family language to support their child’s minority languages?

  Question Hi there! First of all, thank you so much for good work on the subject. I have been looking for such a blog for ages and now my wife found it 🙂 We also have a question regarding raising our son to be trilingual. I have read thru all the other cases, but […]

Q&A: How to choose a child’s school and parents’ common language in a family on the move?

Q&A: How to choose a child’s school and parents’ common language in a family on the move?

  Question Hello! I am currently pregnant with my first child (boy) and due to give birth in two months. I come from Pakistan and my husband is German. My mother tongue is Urdu whilst my husband’s is German. English is the common language at home with my husband and also the community language as […]

Q&A: Is it okay to have a third language as OPOL parents' common language?

Q&A: Is it okay to have a third language as OPOL parents’ common language?

  Question Hello, I would like to validate our family approach and maybe get some tips to improve on our current strategy. Our little one is 3 years old. We live in Austria and he is already in the kindergarten so picking up his German skills slowly but surely. My wife is Austrian so she […]

Q&A: Should a couple switch from English to the majority language as their common language?

Q&A: Should a couple switch from English to the majority language as their common language?

  Question Hello, I just ran into your website and I loved it. I have a son who is 1.5 years old. I am Albanian, my husband is Spanish. We want to raise our son bilingual, so our plan is that I speak with him in Albanian only (minority language), and my husband speaks with […]

Q&A: How to choose the common language in a multilingual family?

Q&A: How to choose the common language in a multilingual family?

  Question Dear Coaches, first of all, thank you for a very helpful website! I have also read the book Rita wrote about raising a bilingual child, which I found very helpful when starting on planning the way with the languages in our family. First the facts about us and the languages: I am a […]

Q&A: Which language to speak when in a multilingual family?

Q&A: Which language to speak when in a multilingual family?

Question Dear Rita and Multilingual Parenting Team, First of all, I would like to thank you and the rest of the team for a great website, it has been very useful since I started investigating about multilingual education. I am sending you our questions because I could not find quite our case in the Q&A […]