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Q&A: Is it normal for a bilingual toddler to go silent?

Q&A: Is it normal for a bilingual toddler to go silent?

  Question Hello! My husband and I are Spanish living in Ireland. My toddler just is two years of age and goes to crèche three days a week three hours per day. We use Spanish all the time with him and let English language to come bit by bit trough his experiences in crèche or […]

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: Bilingual 3-year-old does not speak - what to do?

Q&A: Bilingual 3-year-old does not speak – what to do?

  Question Dear Coaches, I’m a Chinese mum and our family lives in China. I majored in TESOL and was obsessed in bilingualism. So my hubby and I always talk to my daughter in English and the others talk to her in Chinese. Now she’s 3 and she cannot talk, at all. She can understand […]

“Does my bilingual child have a language delay?”

“Does my bilingual child have a language delay?”

Amongst the most frequently expressed worries in different forums for parents raising bilingual children are concerns about potential delays in language development. Several research studies have found that bilingualism does not cause language delay (read more in e.g Dual Languages Development and Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning by Paradis, Genesee & […]

Q&A: Are bilingual siblings similar in their language development?

Q&A: Are bilingual siblings similar in their language development?

  Question Hello! We moved as an English speaking family to Spain when my daughter was one, at the time none of us could speak Spanish and it was pretty hard. We naturally spoke English in the house and we still do. My daughter did not speak in sentences until she was about four, apart […]

Q&A: How to introduce another language to a small child with speech delay?

Q&A: How to introduce another language to a small child with speech delay?

Question Hi there, I am the mother of a 3 and 1/2 year old son diagnosed with speech delay. With a lot of speech and language therapy practice at home he is now starting to string short sentences together finally. He is still probably about a year behind compared to his contemporaries but I am […]

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 […]

Early Bilingual Language Development: Facts and Fictions [guest post]

Early Bilingual Language Development: Facts and Fictions [guest post]

I am delighted to introduce you to today’s guest blogger, Dr. Mary-Pat O’Malley-Keighran. She is a lecturer, author, researcher, speech and language therapist, and lover of all things to do with speech, language, and communication. She has over 20 years’ experience of working with families and 14 years of teaching speech and language students. In her […]

Q&A: How to convince partner that bilingualism is good for the child?

Q&A: How to convince partner that bilingualism is good for the child?

Question Hello, I’m looking for some advice on how to raise a bilingual child when one of the parents is against it. We are a mixed family. I’m Polish and my partner is English. We have a two-year-old son and live in the UK. It is very important for me to teach my son to […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 13

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 13

New joys and challenges in our multilingual family – 100% fiction but oh, so true! Monday How do full-time working mothers do it!? As much as I enjoy being back to work and using the academic side of my brain again, I have also realised that taking on a part-time job affects my life not […]