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Q&A: “Will my grandson ever learn English, or will he have a strong accent?”

Q&A: “Will my grandson ever learn English, or will he have a strong accent?”

  Question Hello My English son married a Mexican girl and their son was born in the US where they still live. My daughter-in-law speaks English but with a very heavy accent and she has found this to be a great disadvantage life and work wise, as where they live there is overt discrimination against […]

Q&A: When to introduce a family language to a child who will attend a trilingual school?

Q&A: When to introduce a family language to a child who will attend a trilingual school?

  Question Hi I live in Hong Kong where almost everyone is trilingual speaking Cantonese, Mandarin and English. The school I will send my baby, who is five months now, is a trilingual school that will begin at the age of two (Cantonese, Mandarin and English). My husband’s native tongue is Cantonese and he also […]

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 […]

Q&A: Is a dual-language school a good choice for a bilingual child to become trilingual?

Q&A: Is a dual-language school a good choice for a bilingual child to become trilingual?

  Question Hello! My wife and I are native Russian speakers living in the United States. Our son is turning five in a few months and will start school. Our home language is 100% Russian. Our son speaks Russian at or slightly below the level of his peers in Russia and can interact with English […]

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: 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: What are the milestones of normal language development for a bilingual 2-year-old?

Q&A: What are the milestones of normal language development for a bilingual 2-year-old?

Question Hi, Before I ask for your advice, let me introduce my family and our languages to you. We are a Dutch (mum) – English (dad) family currently living in The Netherlands. We have a 5-year-old daughter and a 22-month-old son. We use an adapted version of OPOL with our children. I speak Dutch to […]