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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 […]

Q&A: Bilingual parents – how to choose the home language and what to speak with your child?

Q&A: Bilingual parents – how to choose the home language and what to speak with your child?

Question 1 Hello, I am a bilingual parent (majority English but fluent in Chinese) my wife is majority Chinese but also fluent in English. We currently speak Chinese at home to our 2-year-old son. Our assumption is that he will learn English naturally thru his environment once he goes to school so we wanted to […]

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: How to deal with several family languages for a child with speech delay?

Q&A: How to deal with several family languages for a child with speech delay?

Question Hi, thanks for sharing important information on your website and being a reference for the parents who are lost in the sea of advice… We have a very specific question regarding our first daughter, who has some speech delay and is exposed to three languages. We need to take an important decision regarding our […]

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 Hello! I would love to get some advice from someone in the same situation because it has been a little bit messy at home. We have a one-year-old, we live in Ireland but his daddy is Turkish and I’m Spanish. I speak with him in Spanish, his daddy speaks with him in Turkish and […]

Q&A: Our child's teacher told us to stop speaking a family language – what to do?

Q&A: Our child’s teacher told us to stop speaking a family language – what to do?

Question Dear Rita, Our family is an international family, I’m from Hungary, my husband is from Italy. My son was born in the USA, and our two girls were born in Germany, but we have moved a lot. My son is nine, he speaks Hungarian (not fluent), Italian (let’s say very well but not perfect), […]