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Q&A: How to introduce a family language to older trilingual children?

Q&A: How to introduce a family language to older trilingual children?

  Question Hi, We are a family of four living in Germany. Father is British, mum is Norwegian but moved to France at 16. Kids (girl 10 and boy 7) are in a French school, but are also thought German every day as a mother tongue. They are completely trilingual, French, English, German (spoken all […]

Q&A: Is it too late for a parent to start speaking a family language with a 2-year-old?

Q&A: Is it too late for a parent to start speaking a family language with a 2-year-old?

  Question Dear Coaches, I am Chinese and my husband is Dutch. We live in the Netherlands. My daughter is two years. Now she speaks Dutch but very little Chinese. In the beginning when she was born, I tried to speak Chinese to her, but when everyone around (parents-in-law, friends, husband) could not understand Chinese, […]

Q&A: How to make a reluctant 7-year-old interested in a family language?

Q&A: How to make a reluctant 7-year-old interested in a family language?

  Question Hello, I am a French mum who has been living in England for 20 years. During all these years, I hardly spoke French unless I was returning to France to see family on average once a year. I now have a 7-year-old daughter who has always refused to learn French. She has had […]

Q&A: How to pick the right language combination for a baby in a multilingual family?

Q&A: How to pick the right language combination for a baby in a multilingual family?

  Question Hello, I have a kind of complex situation when it comes to picking my child’s languages. I grew up in the USA with a family with Frisian/Dutch and Brazilian sides, but only used English growing up aside from infrequent exposures to Portuguese and Dutch. I began learning both languages on my own as […]

Q&A: How to pass on a family language which the parent is not literate in?

Q&A: How to pass on a family language which the parent is not literate in?

  Question Hi, I have a 5-year-old daughter and 1-year-old twins. I was born in Iran and speak Farsi. I moved to the United States at the age of four, so English is my stronger language. My husband only speaks English and we have a nanny who speaks Spanish. We currently live in the United […]

Q&A: How to introduce an additional family language to a 4-year-old?

Q&A: How to introduce an additional family language to a 4-year-old?

  Question Hello, I am after some advice. I am Lithuanian, my husband English. Our son is 4 1/2 years old. My aim was to bring him up as bilingual but somehow it didn’t happen. I spoke to him in my native language but not consistently enough. He doesn’t really understand it apart of a […]

Q&A: Is it worth passing on a family language for which there is only limited use?

Q&A: Is it worth passing on a family language for which there is only limited use?

  Question Hello My husband and I are expecting a baby. We live in the US, and he is from a small African country. He speaks his native language fluently and very good English and French. I want our child to speak his language (which I have only basic knowledge of), so she can feel […]

Q&A: How to introduce two minority languages to your kids?

Q&A: How to introduce two minority languages to your kids?

Question Hi Rita, Thank you for the lovely pieces of advice. I am Mongolian and my husband is Italian. We have two kids aged four and and two years. We live in the U.K and we always used English at home. My daughters are absolutely great at talking and expressing themselves in English. Although I […]

Q&A: Deciding whether to speak a native dialect or an almost native language with a child

Q&A: Deciding whether to speak a native dialect or an almost native language with a child

  Question Hi, I have been struggling with the decision of which language to speak to my daughter. She is now nine months old. So far I have spoken to her mainly in French.  I am half British and half Moroccan. I grew up speaking English with my mother, Moroccan Arabic mixed with French with […]

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 […]