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Q&A: When and how to introduce a third language to a bilingual child?

Q&A: When and how to introduce a third language to a bilingual child?

  Question Hi, This website has helped me so much, it’s wonderful! We are a bilingual family and live in the US. I only speak Spanish to my 15 months old and my husband English most of the time (he is American, I’m Latina). Both my husband and I work full time, we have an […]

Q&A: How to pass on two minority languages, one of them being  a rare language?

Q&A: How to pass on two minority languages, one of them being a rare language?

  Question Hello I am wondering what strategy to take. I am a native English-speaker who grew up bilingual in English and Assyrian. My husband is German, but speaks English to a native level. I am the stepmother to his lovely 6-year-old (monolingual) German speaking son, and I am pregnant with our first child together. […]

Q&A: How to pass on a family language which the parent is not literate in?

Q&A: How to pass on a family language which the parent is not literate in?

  Question Hi, I have a 5-year-old daughter and 1-year-old twins. I was born in Iran and speak Farsi. I moved to the United States at the age of four, so English is my stronger language. My husband only speaks English and we have a nanny who speaks Spanish. We currently live in the United […]

Q&A: What are the implications of switching the language you speak with your baby?

Q&A: What are the implications of switching the language you speak with your baby?

  Question Dear Language Coaches, Can you please give any advice on my family’s language situation? My wife is fluent in both English and Afrikaans, with HL (home language) Afrikaans. My HL is English and my Afrikaans is good enough for us to successfully communicate but I still make quite a lot of mistakes, so […]

Q&A: Should minority language parents always be consistent about using their mother tongue?

Q&A: Should minority language parents always be consistent about using their mother tongue?

  Question Dear All, We are an Italian family living in France. We speak Italian at home (two hours at night and on the weekends/holidays) but sometimes in the afternoons after school, when my husband is not there yet, it happens that I speak French as well to my daughter (I’m very exposed to it […]

Q&A: How to do OPOL as parents if you are used to mixing languages?

Q&A: How to do OPOL as parents if you are used to mixing languages?

  Question Hello My wife is Australian, I am Flemish (Dutch-speaking Belgium) and that is also where we live. We are expecting and want our child to be bilingual English-Dutch to pass on both of our cultural identities. Nowadays, since my wife’s Dutch has become very good, my wife and I speak a mixture of […]

Q&A: “Am I a poor parent for not speaking the minority language with our child?”

Q&A: “Am I a poor parent for not speaking the minority language with our child?”

  Question Hello I have question and maybe this may seem silly, but do you think that the fact that parents who don’t teach or raise their kids as native bilinguals are “poor parents”? My son is 7. He speaks predominantly English at home but can communicate a little bit in Spanish with my parents. […]

Grandparents as language support for bilingual children

Grandparents as language support for bilingual children

As parents raising bilingual children we know how important it is to give our kids as varied an exposure to their languages as possible. This becomes even more crucial if we are passing on a minority language. Building a network of people who can support us in this task is important and a good and […]

Q&A: Is a dual-language school which introduces a third language the right choice for a bilingual child?

Q&A: Is a dual-language school which introduces a third language the right choice for a bilingual child?

  Question Hi, I have a 4-year-old son. We live in Los Angeles. I’m originally from India and native Hindi speaker. My husband is American and monolingual (English). Since my son’s birth I’ve been on a mission to teach him Hindi. I’m proud to say that he understands Hindi completely and speaks as well. Though […]

Q&A: Will introducing a third language set back the second for a bilingual toddler?

Q&A: Will introducing a third language set back the second for a bilingual toddler?

    Question Hi all! We are an Italian family of three, our son is now 20 months old. We always speak Italian at home, with me mixing Italian and English. My son attends an Italian nursery school, but is highly exposed to English as we also have an English-speaking nanny and we always watch […]