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Q&A: How to maximise the exposure to two minority languages?

Q&A: How to maximise the exposure to two minority languages?

Question Dear Rita, Thank you for all the knowledge you share. Your page has been an invaluable source of information. I have one concern I wonder you might be able to help me with. I was born in the US but raised in Italy by Italian parents. My English pronunciation is not perfect but above […]

Bilingual children: how to boost language skills during holidays

Bilingual children: how to boost language skills during holidays

This is the time of the year when our social media feeds get filled with pictures of families holidaying – either on a relaxing staycation in their own home or out and about in the country or abroad. Whatever way you decide to spend your family holidays, it is always a great opportunity for bilingual […]

Q&A: Will a small child lose a language if the exposure time is drastically reduced?

Q&A: Will a small child lose a language if the exposure time is drastically reduced?

Question Hello! My husband and I are monolingual but our 5-year-old is fluent in German thanks to a German immersion school. If she no longer attends the school, so her German exposure decreases from 40 hours/week to 3-5 hours a week, is she in danger of “losing” her German? I heard that if a child […]

Q&A: When and how to introduce a third language to a small child who will attend a bilingual school?

Q&A: When and how to introduce a third language to a small child who will attend a bilingual school?

Question Hello, I have the following question. My mother language is Bulgarian, my husband is French and we live in France. I am also fluent in English. We have a one-year-old son and I have already start thinking about the number of languages he needs to speak. Currently I speak with him in Bulgarian and […]

Top tips for motivating bilingual children to speak their languages

Top tips for motivating bilingual children to speak their languages

Choosing the topic for this month’s Raising Multilingual Children blogging carnival was actually very easy. “What do parents ask me most about?” I pondered and instantly I thought “How to motivate my child to speak the minority language?” My fellow bloggers – who all have their own bilingual children – have written new posts giving […]

My bilingual parenting journey – no regrets but a few I-wish-I-had-knowns

My bilingual parenting journey – no regrets but a few I-wish-I-had-knowns

I am very happy with how my daughters have grown up to speak several languages, and I am looking forward to supporting the coming generation of our family in the quest of learning to speak more than one language. Looking back, there are certainly a few things I would have liked to have known when […]

Q&A: Does a toddler need prepping for immersion daycare?

Q&A: Does a toddler need prepping for immersion daycare?

Question Hello, I’m a native English speaker, and speak Portuguese, French, and Spanish at intermediate to advanced levels. My husband is a native Brazilian Portuguese speaker, speaks English fluently, and has some basic French. We speak English to each other and live in California. We’re expecting our first child, and want to raise him to […]

Q&A: Should we move our bilingual 8-year-old out of the immersion class?

Q&A: Should we move our bilingual 8-year-old out of the immersion class?

Question Hi, I was reading your article about bilingualism. I hope you could help me. I’m Filipino and I have an 8-year-old daughter. We talk to her in our language (Tagalog) and of course in English. I would say she has had trouble before with her speech. Even now she’s having trouble finding the right […]

Q&A: Choosing a school for a bilingual child - should language decide?

Q&A: Choosing a school for a bilingual child – should language decide?

Question What is your position/opinion on a family with a father half Norwegian, half American, a Portuguese mother who studied in France, with 2 year old twin boys living in Portugal, to have the kids in a French school from 3 years old on? I speak Portuguese with the twins (and will do so also […]