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Q&A: How to support a bilingual child’s community language and maintain the family language?

Q&A: How to support a bilingual child’s community language and maintain the family language?

  Question Hello, I have been reading the posts on this site for a while, and they are amazing! Thanks for the effort. I got some questions regarding my son. Background about us: My wife and I were born and raised in Asia, and we’re native Mandarin speakers. We are currently living in North America. […]

Bilingualism – choice or necessity?

Bilingualism – choice or necessity?

Growing up bilingual is another aspect of my early childhood which was a given for me (last week I wrote about how I took for granted my right to speak my mother tongue at school). I really had no choice, as my mother spoke Finnish with me and my father Swedish. They did not have […]

Q&A: For our child, should we maintain a heritage language or go for the easier option?

Q&A: For our child, should we maintain a heritage language or go for the easier option?

Question Dear Family Language Coaches, My first son will soon be born and my husband and I have to make the difficult decision which languages to speak with him. I am German and we are living in Germany. So one of his languages will definitely be German. My husband’s native language is Hebrew, but since […]

Losing or never learning a family language – how does it feel?

Losing or never learning a family language – how does it feel?

When I tell people what I do and what my book “Bringing up a Bilingual Child” is about, I regularly get to hear comments such as “That’s great!” followed by “Oh, I wish I could speak my parent’s language.” It would be so beneficial for parents who are hesitating whether or not to pass on […]

“What’s the point of speaking your language, Mum?”

“What’s the point of speaking your language, Mum?”

What to do when your young son questions why he should keep speaking your language? How to respond when he says he is never going to need it? These are questions that are not only hard to answer, but difficult to hear. Take a deep breath and don’t get upset. Your language is naturally important […]