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8 tips to boost your family’s multilingual journey [guest post]

8 tips to boost your family’s multilingual journey [guest post]

Today I am delighted to introduce you to our new Family Language Coach, Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett, a.k.a, Miss Panda Chinese. Amanda is a successful language instructor with over 15 years’ teaching experience in Taiwan, the U.S., Morocco, Canada, and Ecuador. She now lives in the U.S. with her husband and two bilingual children.  Enjoy Amanda’s excellent […]

Q&A: How can a teenager who understands the family’s minority language also learn to speak it?

Q&A: How can a teenager who understands the family’s minority language also learn to speak it?

  Question Hello! My father was born and raised in Germany. He came to America when he was 17. When people hear that he is from Germany, they ask if I speak German as well. Unfortunately, he never spoke to me and my siblings in German when we were small, so though we can understand […]

Q&A: Can a child become fluent in a language after the age of six or seven?

Q&A: Can a child become fluent in a language after the age of six or seven?

Question Hi Rita We’re a monolingual (Spanish) couple living in Spain. Nevertheless, we’re are raising our 4-year-old daughter multilingual. I always speak English to her and to my husband. But I speak French to her one hour a day. My husband speaks Spanish to her and to me, and one hour a day, he speaks […]

Q&A: Will a small child lose a language if the exposure time is drastically reduced?

Q&A: Will a small child lose a language if the exposure time is drastically reduced?

Question Hello! My husband and I are monolingual but our 5-year-old is fluent in German thanks to a German immersion school. If she no longer attends the school, so her German exposure decreases from 40 hours/week to 3-5 hours a week, is she in danger of “losing” her German? I heard that if a child […]

Q&A: How to introduce a third language to a receptively bilingual child?

Q&A: How to introduce a third language to a receptively bilingual child?

Question Hi! I have been subscribed to your newsletter and blog for quite some time and it has been very helpful! Thank you so much! It’s great not to feel alone in the journey of raising bilingual kids. Little background: I have two kids 5 and 3 whose majority language is English. I am a […]

6 principles for promoting language development through books [guest post]

6 principles for promoting language development through books [guest post]

I am delighted to have Marianna Du Bosq from Bilingual Avenue write today’s guest post about the importance of books in supporting children’s language development. Marianna has taught dual language learners for several years and is one of our Family Language Coaches. She runs a popular site for multilingual families where you can find lots of […]

Q&A: Child starts nursery but does not know the language.

Q&A: Child starts nursery but does not know the language.

Question We are having a baby and I and my wife are both native Spanish speakers, however we live in the U.S. One of my concerns has always been that if we initially only speak in Spanish to the baby, then once she goes to nursery or kindergarten she might have problems interacting with other […]

I am not a native speaker, can I teach my daughter French and help her become bilingual?

I am not a native speaker, can I teach my daughter French and help her become bilingual?

Question My husband and I are both native English, but we’re trying to bring up our daughter bilingual (French). I speak French (BA Honours degree), although my French is by no means perfect. She’s now 16 months old, and I’ve spoken French to her since she was born. My husband speaks English to her and […]

Which language should I speak to our bilingual son?

Which language should I speak to our bilingual son?

Question We want our son to be at least bilingual Spanish/English and hopefully have a good command of French too. I look after my son full time since my wife works during the day. So I am desperately trying to work out the best way to approach making sure our son will be fluent in […]

10 things bilingual children do really well

10 things bilingual children do really well

Every child is good at something and as parents we love seeing our children do well. Bilingual children have an added advantage in different situations in their lives – and they often get really good, and – depending on their personality – sometimes cheeky with their language skills. 1. Correct their parents’ language Children in […]