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Bilingual children and long-distance family relationships

Bilingual children and long-distance family relationships

Many bilingual children have at least one side of their extended family living fairly far away, often on the “other side of the world”. Visits are possible perhaps only once a year, or even more seldom if at all, so it is essential to find other ways to connect. Maintaining those long-distance relationships to grandparents, […]

Q&A: How can grandparents help a grandchild become bilingual

Q&A: How can grandparents help a grandchild become bilingual

Question Hello, I will soon become a proud grandmother to my son’s first child and I wonder how I could help in teaching him Finnish. My son knows conversational Finnish but his strongest language is English and his wife speaks English. They would very much like their child to learn Finnish and I would like […]

When grandparents have no common language with their grandchildren

When grandparents have no common language with their grandchildren

We live in a time when an increasing number of people and families move from one part of the world to another, thereby crossing not only geographical but cultural and language borders. Quite often children grow up in a different country from their grandparents and it is not unusual that families find themselves with a […]

“I wish my Mum had taught me her language”

“I wish my Mum had taught me her language”

I don’t know how many times I have heard comments along those lines – someone regretting that one of their parents didn’t pass on their language. I have never heard the opposite though, anyone regretting that they learnt a language when they were small. This speaks volumes about how important knowing your family’s languages is […]

"She's speaking a completely different language!"

“She’s speaking a completely different language!”

Any parent with a teenage daughter in the house has probably at some point had thoughts along those lines. But what if it is a grandmother thinking that? And what if it is actually true? How does it feel not to be able to speak to your granddaughter? How would this affect your daughter’s relationship […]