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Classic Arabic vs your local dialect – which one should your children learn?  [guest post]

Classic Arabic vs your local dialect – which one should your children learn? [guest post]

This article has been contributed by Tarek Rabie, founder of Hekayatona, a digital platform committed to encouraging children to read and learn Arabic. For more help and advice on how you can best support your child’s Arabic learning journey you can visit their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.  One of the biggest challenges […]

Q&A: How to pass on a minority language when both parents work?

Q&A: How to pass on a minority language when both parents work?

Question Hi, I’m currently pregnant but have started questioning so many things about my kids already. Me and my husband both are from India settled in US. My parents do not understand English and can speak only in native language. I would like my kids to learn and write my native language so they can […]

Q&A: Does introducing a new language impact on learning to read and write in another?

Q&A: Does introducing a new language impact on learning to read and write in another?

Question Hei, in search of advice I have found your webpage and hope you can help me with the following problem: Our family (me, my husband, and two boys, aged 4 and 6.5) are German living in Norway. Both kids go to Norwegian kindergarten/school, so the surrounding language (possible strongest language) is Norwegian, but at […]

Q&A: Literacy for a bilingual child: How to teach reading in similar languages?

Q&A: Literacy for a bilingual child: How to teach reading in similar languages?

Questions Hello, I have been recently thinking how and when to teach my girl letters / reading. I find it a little bit difficult or think that it can be confusing for my girl. My girl is Polish / English bilingual kid. For example English word: Octopus. Letter: “O” in English we say like: “A” […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 16

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 16

Snapshots from the everyday life of our (growing) fictional multilingual family, written by a bilingual mother. Monday Feeling a lot better, no morning sickness anymore but still extremely tired, just like with the previous two. I fall asleep on the sofa most evenings and I am so happy that hubby has taken over most of […]

Q&A: When to start teaching a trilingual child to read in the 2nd and 3rd languages?

Q&A: When to start teaching a trilingual child to read in the 2nd and 3rd languages?

Question   Hello, first I would like to thank you because your web help us a lot. Our situation is the following: I am Spanish, my husband is Catalan and we have a daughter of 2.5 years old. We live in China since she was 6 months old. She goes to a Chinese kindergarten since […]

Q&A: Teaching a possibly dyslexic child to read and write in the minority language.

Q&A: Teaching a possibly dyslexic child to read and write in the minority language.

Question I am a Swedish national living in the UK with my husband and 10-year-old daughter. The main language we speak at home is English, and Swedish is the minority language. My husband does not speak Swedish, whereas our daughter speaks it more or less fluently, although she does not write or read it. We […]

Q&A: How can we help our bilingual child become fully fluent in both languages?

Q&A: How can we help our bilingual child become fully fluent in both languages?

Question My wife and I live in Trinidad & Tobago (my wife is a native, I am German) and we now have a 10 month old that we want to raise bilingually. I speak to him exclusively in German and my wife in English, but I speak to her in English even when he is […]