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Q&A: What to do when parents-to-be do not agree about raising bilingual children?

Q&A: What to do when parents-to-be do not agree about raising bilingual children?

  Question Hello I’m recently engaged. My fiancé and I are discussing those premarital topics. Child rearing has come up. He only speaks English. My native language is English, but I’m majoring in Spanish. I brought up the fact that I absolutely want to bring up our eventual kids as bilinguals. He was opposed to […]

Q&A: How to pass on two minority languages, one of them being  a rare language?

Q&A: How to pass on two minority languages, one of them being a rare language?

  Question Hello I am wondering what strategy to take. I am a native English-speaker who grew up bilingual in English and Assyrian. My husband is German, but speaks English to a native level. I am the stepmother to his lovely 6-year-old (monolingual) German speaking son, and I am pregnant with our first child together. […]

Q&A: Speaking different languages on different days – a good way to raise a trilingual child?

Q&A: Speaking different languages on different days – a good way to raise a trilingual child?

  Question Hello, We are a Russian couple living in the Czech Republic and bringing up our 11-month-old daughter multilingual. In addition to Russian and Czech languages, we want her to speak English as well. Both of us speak Czech and English fluently and Russian is our native language. We chose 2P3L strategy, meaning that […]

Q&A: How to implement a combined OPOL + Time and Place family language strategy?

Q&A: How to implement a combined OPOL + Time and Place family language strategy?

Question Hello, I have a question regarding raising a trilingual child. I was raised bilingual by my German father and English mother. I grew up in Germany but have spent a substantial amount of time living in the UK also. My husband is French and we live in France with our 17-month-old daughter. I am […]

How to be successful at raising bilingual kids

How to be successful at raising bilingual kids

This is the time of year when we are all encouraged to make resolutions to improve different aspects of our lives. As parents of bilingual kids we are no exception to the expectation of making promises to change our behaviour to ensure that our children grow up to be bilingual. However, apparently only 8% of all […]

Q&A: Choosing the family language strategy after a move: when the minority language becomes the majority one.

Q&A: Choosing the family language strategy after a move: when the minority language becomes the majority one.

Question Dear Rita, Thank you for your wealth of knowledge and great posts! So far bilingual has been easy, since both my husband and I are German and we live in Texas. We both speak our native German with our almost 2-year-old daughter and with each other. She learnt and spoke the majority language English […]

Q&A: Does OPOL cause a “language division” in the family?

Q&A: Does OPOL cause a “language division” in the family?

Question Hello, My name is Roberta and I have only recently found out about your website and signed up to the newsletter and I’m hoping you can help with a query I have. I’m Italian and my husband is English and we live in England together we our 6-month-old son. He will grow up here […]

Q&A: How to choose between OPOL and mL@H?

Q&A: How to choose between OPOL and mL@H?

  Question Hello! My name is Lucia. My American husband and I live in Gijon, a little city in the north of Spain. Right now we are pregnant and we starting thinking which is the best plan to raise our baby bilingually. We have a doubt between two ideas. One, I can always speak Spanish […]

Q&A: How to pass on a minority language when both parents work?

Q&A: How to pass on a minority language when both parents work?

Question Hi, I’m currently pregnant but have started questioning so many things about my kids already. Me and my husband both are from India settled in US. My parents do not understand English and can speak only in native language. I would like my kids to learn and write my native language so they can […]

Q&A: To support the minority language after a move, should you change the language you speak with your child?

Q&A: To support the minority language after a move, should you change the language you speak with your child?

Question Hello, I would like your advice on what language to speak to my son. I am bilingual (English and Greek) and my husband is Greek and we were brought up in Greece. We have decided from the beginning that I would only speak English to our son and my husband would only speak Greek. […]