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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: When should parents in a mL@H family switch to the majority language?

Q&A: When should parents in a mL@H family switch to the majority language?

Question Dear Rita, I’m raising two children in the United States where they will learn English naturally from their surroundings but I speak to them in Greek about 90-95% of the time and my husband also speaks to them in Greek but more of a mix of the two languages. My first question is about […]

Q&A: Choosing the family language strategy after a move: when the minority language becomes the majority one.

Q&A: Choosing the family language strategy after a move: when the minority language becomes the majority one.

Question Dear Rita, Thank you for your wealth of knowledge and great posts! So far bilingual has been easy, since both my husband and I are German and we live in Texas. We both speak our native German with our almost 2-year-old daughter and with each other. She learnt and spoke the majority language English […]

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: How to increase the minority language exposure for a toddler?

Q&A: How to increase the minority language exposure for a toddler?

Question Hi, I am Brazilian and my husband is German. We live in Germany and raise our almost two years old son bilingual. We do OPOL with our son and our common language is mostly German. My husband speaks Portuguese but not so well. At the moment my son attends a German daycare in the […]

Q&A: How to prepare a bilingual toddler for a move to another country?

Q&A: How to prepare a bilingual toddler for a move to another country?

Question Hello, I’m looking for resources and advice for educating our daughter who is now nearly 7 months old. My husband and I currently live in the USA but will be moving to Germany when our daughter is 1 1/2 years old. I’m a native English speaker (US). My husband is a native German (also […]

Q&A: Should we switch our family language strategy to support the minority language?

Q&A: Should we switch our family language strategy to support the minority language?

Question Hi, My wife and I have so far adopted the OPOL strategy. Her native language is English, mine is Dutch, which is the majority language since we live in the Netherlands. Our two children have a clear preference for Dutch. They understand English perfectly well, but don’t usually speak it. We’re now considering switching […]

Q&A: Minority language at home - what happens when the child starts school in the majority language?

Q&A: Minority language at home – what happens when the child starts school in the majority language?

Question My husband and I are Russians but currently leave in England. Both of us use Russian at home, and since we have been in UK for over 10 years, we are fluent in English. We have a small baby and wish our baby to speak both languages. We are not going to place the […]

Minority language at home – mL@H: use it if you can!

Minority language at home – mL@H: use it if you can!

Last week’s post was about the more popular of the bilingual family language strategies: one parent/person, one language or simply OPOL as it is generally know. This week it is the turn of the approach called minority language at home, with the slightly more complicated acronym of mL@H. As the name indicates, a family that […]

How to pass on a minority language to a child in a bilingual family

How to pass on a minority language to a child in a bilingual family

The number of parents who raise their children in a multilingual environment is increasing. More and more individuals and whole families move from one country to another due to work, studies or other reasons. Couples with different native languages meet and start a family. All this means that many children grow up surrounded by two […]