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Bilingual! Bicultural? Do you know where I am coming from?

Bilingual! Bicultural? Do you know where I am coming from?

“Where are you from?” that was one of the questions from last week’s post – a question to be mindful of when speaking to a bilingual or bicultural child. Many adult bilinguals have however said to me that they don’t mind being asked where they come from – and I do agree with them. I […]

Losing or never learning a family language – how does it feel?

Losing or never learning a family language – how does it feel?

When I tell people what I do and what my book “Bringing up a Bilingual Child” is about, I regularly get to hear comments such as “That’s great!” followed by “Oh, I wish I could speak my parent’s language.” It would be so beneficial for parents who are hesitating whether or not to pass on […]

A-B-C for parents bringing up bilingual children: G-L

A-B-C for parents bringing up bilingual children: G-L

This is the second part in my A-B-C for parents passing on their languages to their little ones. G is for Grandparents Grandparents and other family members can be of great help when raising a bilingual child. This is especially important to remember if you are the minority language parent and might be struggling with […]

Interview with my daughter

Interview with my daughter

We’re enjoying a relaxing holiday in Finland at the moment and I took the chance to speak to my younger daughter Daniela about her languages. Which languages do you know? – I know English, Swedish, Punjabi, German and a bit of Finnish. How did you learn all your languages? – I have always spoken Swedish […]

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

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

Being aware of potential pitfalls is vital to ensure that the family’s languages are passed on to the next generation. This is the last post in a three-part series on things that could go wrong. Here are the links to part one and part two. Being afraid that you will confuse your child Although research […]