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Q&A: How to maximise the family minority language exposure?

Q&A: How to maximise the family minority language exposure?

    Question   Hello I’d be so grateful for your advice. I am bilingual French-English. My husband speaks French, English, German and Swiss German. We started off living in French speaking Switzerland so I started speaking English at home to our then new-born. When the time came he went to pre-Kindergarten in French. When […]

Q&A: About language exposure, family language strategy, speaking a non-native language and confusion

Q&A: About language exposure, family language strategy, speaking a non-native language and confusion

  Question Hello, I am Italian but I know English very well so I really want to try to teach it to my one-year-old daughter. I speak English to her since she was three months old. In the beginning I thought to use the OPOL method but it’s really hard for us, because my husband […]

Q&A: How to choose a child’s school and parents’ common language in a family on the move?

Q&A: How to choose a child’s school and parents’ common language in a family on the move?

  Question Hello! I am currently pregnant with my first child (boy) and due to give birth in two months. I come from Pakistan and my husband is German. My mother tongue is Urdu whilst my husband’s is German. English is the common language at home with my husband and also the community language as […]

Q&A: How many languages can/should parents introduce to a baby?

Q&A: How many languages can/should parents introduce to a baby?

  Question Hello My wife and I are expecting and starting to think about how many languages we want teach our kids. Basically, our question boils down to, is it unrealistic to try for Bulgarian, English, Spanish, & Mandarin fluency, or should we just try for Bulgarian/English/Spanish? Our circumstances are as follows: 1. We live […]

Q&A: How to support a bilingual child’s community language and maintain the family language?

Q&A: How to support a bilingual child’s community language and maintain the family language?

  Question Hello, I have been reading the posts on this site for a while, and they are amazing! Thanks for the effort. I got some questions regarding my son. Background about us: My wife and I were born and raised in Asia, and we’re native Mandarin speakers. We are currently living in North America. […]

Q&A: Should parents expose a trilingual-to-be baby to all languages from the start?

Q&A: Should parents expose a trilingual-to-be baby to all languages from the start?

  Question Hello! My husband and I are expecting our first child, a boy, in June. My husband is Scottish, I am German and we live in rural Japan working at an international university. We only moved here last year and cannot really speak Japanese, although we have started to learn it (I speak a […]

Q&A: How to pass on and maintain three languages in a family facing a possible move?

Q&A: How to pass on and maintain three languages in a family facing a possible move?

  Question Hello! I have a question about raising a trilingual child and I need some guidance on that! My name is Daniela. My first language is Brazilian Portuguese. My Indian husband is a Hindi-speaker. We live in the United States where I am a PhD student. We have a 7-month-old boy we want to […]

Q&A: Changing the language parents speak with a 1-year-old – is it too late and how to do it?

Q&A: Changing the language parents speak with a 1-year-old – is it too late and how to do it?

  Question Hi there, I would like to ask for your advice. My husband is Portuguese and I am Hungarian and we live in England. Our daughter is almost one year old, and we mostly speak to her in English. She does hear conversations in both other languages, when we speak to families or friends but […]

Q&A: Questions about raising a trilingual child and balancing the exposure to three languages

Q&A: Questions about raising a trilingual child and balancing the exposure to three languages

Question Dear Rita, first of all, I’m VERY happy I’ve stumbled across this website! It’s really interesting to read other parents’ stories and your replies, and great to see so many people are in similar situations. This is our trilingual situation: My wife is Iranian, I am German, but I grew up speaking German and […]

Q&A: When and how to introduce the concept of different languages to a small bilingual child?

Q&A: When and how to introduce the concept of different languages to a small bilingual child?

  Question Hello! What age is appropriate to introduce the concept of language to a child? I don’t mean teaching the child a second language but teaching him that there are different languages and that each one has a name. We use OPOL at home with our 3-year-old boy. We live in Mexico and my […]