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Q&A: Choosing the school language for a bilingual child – one of the home languages or a third one?

Q&A: Choosing the school language for a bilingual child – one of the home languages or a third one?

  Question Hello, My daughter is two years old. We live in Beirut, Lebanon. Our community language is Arabic. Our schools provide education either in English or in French. Some schools teach both English and French languages equally. Since birth, my daughter was exposed to both English and Arabic. At first, I used to speak […]

Q&A: Should a parent stick to the minority language when others are around?

Q&A: Should a parent stick to the minority language when others are around?

Question Hi Rita, I recently was recommended your site to get advice how to raise my son bilingual. Our family background. We have a 1-year-old boy, who’s just starting to form some sounds. My husband is British and I’m Hungarian, we live in the UK. So far I was speaking to my son in both […]

Q&A: How to help a bilingual child with the majority language when using mL@H?

Q&A: How to help a bilingual child with the majority language when using mL@H?

Question Dear Coaches Thank you for the opportunity to ask a question! My name is Irina, I am Russian stay-at-home mum and I live in London with my English husband and our 6-year-old son. My husband knows Russian well, so we have chosen to speak Russian at home to give our son the best possible […]

Q&A: How many languages can a small child learn at the same time?

Q&A: How many languages can a small child learn at the same time?

  Question Hello, I am a native Hindi-speaker and so is my husband. We live in USA and are fluent in English, too. Our nanny is Romanian but speaks (non-native) Spanish. Our 7-month-old daughter spends majority of time with the nanny and my parents, who speak Hindi with her. I am trying to also teach […]

Q&A: How to support a trilingual child when the minority languages are similar?

Q&A: How to support a trilingual child when the minority languages are similar?

  Question Dear Rita, My wife and I read your book and we strongly recommend it for other multilingual families. My wife is Russian, I am Serbian and we live in London. We are sticking to the golden rule that mother speaks exclusively Russian to him, daddy speaks only Serbian to him and nanny speaks […]

Q&A: How to motivate a reluctant 3-year-old to speak the minority language?

Q&A: How to motivate a reluctant 3-year-old to speak the minority language?

Question Dear Family Language Coaches. We live in South Africa, I grew up in Germany and my husband grew up Afrikaans. Our daughter is three years old and I speak German with her, while my husband (and the rest of the family) speak Afrikaans. At kindergarten she is also exposed to English, as the school […]

Q&A: In which language should children watch films in an OPOL-family?

Q&A: In which language should children watch films in an OPOL-family?

Question Hello everyone! My partner and I bring up our children (3 and 4 years old) bilingually. I speak English as I am from England and my partner speaks German as he comes from Germany. The children’s biological father also speaks German to the children as he is German. We agreed to do it this […]

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 […]

Q&A: Can a bilingual mother speak both languages with her child?

Q&A: Can a bilingual mother speak both languages with her child?

Question Hi, My question is: how to choose a language when the mother is bilingual herself? We live in France, so our community language is French, while our home language is Italian. The point is that I’m bilingual myself, Italian-French, so which language should I speak to my 2-year-old son? It is natural for me […]

Q&A: How can one parent support the majority language while maintaining the minority one?

Q&A: How can one parent support the majority language while maintaining the minority one?

Question Hello! My name is Monique. I’m from the Netherlands originally and living in Australia with two children and my partner who is Australian. At the moment I’m a little lost as to what is the right bilingual system in particular with our youngest boy. He does not get a lot of communication at all […]