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Q&A: Switching from OPOL to mL@H to maximise the exposure to the minority language?

Q&A: Switching from OPOL to mL@H to maximise the exposure to the minority language?

  Question Hi, I am wondering whether it would be helpful to change our approach. My daughter is 23 months old and I’ve been speaking German with her, while my husband has been speaking English. I am a stay-at-home mom and we are living in Germany, so German is the majority language, although my husband […]

Q&A: Should a bilingual family swap from OPOL to mL@H when moving to a new country?

Q&A: Should a bilingual family swap from OPOL to mL@H when moving to a new country?

  Question Hello, thank you so much for this website, it has been such a great resource and source of positive reassurance on our journey to raise bilingual children. I have a question regarding switching the language method in the family. My husband is American, so English native and is learning German. I am German […]

Q&A: How to choose the family language strategy for passing on three languages?

Q&A: How to choose the family language strategy for passing on three languages?

  Question Dear Rita and all Family Language Coaches, First of all congratulations and many thanks for your website, such a great resource! Like many of your visitors me and my husband have diverse international backgrounds and are currently considering the best language constellation for when our son is born later this year. My husband […]

Q&A: About language exposure, family language strategy, speaking a non-native language and confusion

Q&A: About language exposure, family language strategy, speaking a non-native language and confusion

  Question Hello, I am Italian but I know English very well so I really want to try to teach it to my one-year-old daughter. I speak English to her since she was three months old. In the beginning I thought to use the OPOL method but it’s really hard for us, because my husband […]

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 […]