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Q&A: How far behind can parents expect a bilingual child’s second language to be?

Q&A: How far behind can parents expect a bilingual child’s second language to be?

  Question Hello, I have a three-year-old daughter who is bilingual. I speak exclusively English and my husband speaks exclusively Czech to her (since birth). In a typical day, she is exposed to about 70% English and 30% Czech. She listens to music and looks at books in both languages as well as Skypes relatives […]

How is a baby’s language development impacted by a nanny’s language and accent?

How is a baby’s language development impacted by a nanny’s language and accent?

  Question Hello We are a Greek family living in Lausanne, Switzerland. We speak Greek at home and French at work. When my wife will return to work after her maternity leave, our daughter will be 8 months old. We plan to hire a full-time nanny until our daughter will be 18-20 months old and […]

Q&A: Does a parent “mess up” a 2-year-old’s language development by speaking a non-native language?

Q&A: Does a parent “mess up” a 2-year-old’s language development by speaking a non-native language?

  Question Hello My daughter and son-in-law have four daughters ages 8, 6, 4 and almost 2. “Dad” knows some Italian having lived in Italy a couple of years. He thinks he should have been bilingual with the first three daughters. He speaks only Italian to the fourth daughter and English to everyone else who […]

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 […]