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Q&A: How to introduce two minority languages to your kids?

Q&A: How to introduce two minority languages to your kids?

Question Hi Rita, Thank you for the lovely pieces of advice. I am Mongolian and my husband is Italian. We have two kids aged four and and two years. We live in the U.K and we always used English at home. My daughters are absolutely great at talking and expressing themselves in English. Although I […]

Q&A: What to do when a bilingual school-aged child’s minority language is the stronger one?

Q&A: What to do when a bilingual school-aged child’s minority language is the stronger one?

  Question Hello, I wonder if you have any recommendations. My daughter is seven and has lived in Italy since she was 8 months old, however she didn’t start going to school till she was 5. At home I (mom) speak to her in English only and everyone else (including dad) speaks to her in […]

Q&A: How to pass on both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese as minority languages?

Q&A: How to pass on both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese as minority languages?

  Question Hi, Both my husband and myself are native in speaking Cantonese. We live in the US but we communicate in Cantonese with my 2-year-old as well. My husband is also a native Mandarin speaker while I speak Mandarin with some accent and sometimes just speak by guessing how to speak some of the […]

Q&A: How can a majority language parent help her child with two additional family languages?

Q&A: How can a majority language parent help her child with two additional family languages?

  Question Hello Rita and other coaches! I’m Italian, my husband is Egyptian and we’re currently living in Italy. We have a 6-month-old baby girl to whom we’re speaking our respective mother languages. I have a few concerns which I’d like to have your suggestion about: 1. ARABIC: My husband is the only Arabic speaker […]

Q&A: Bilingual parents – how to choose the home language and what to speak with your child?

Q&A: Bilingual parents – how to choose the home language and what to speak with your child?

Question 1 Hello, I am a bilingual parent (majority English but fluent in Chinese) my wife is majority Chinese but also fluent in English. We currently speak Chinese at home to our 2-year-old son. Our assumption is that he will learn English naturally thru his environment once he goes to school so we wanted to […]

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 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: The majority language parent also speaking a non-native minority language  – recommendations?

Q&A: The majority language parent also speaking a non-native minority language – recommendations?

Question Thank you so much for your website and for the opportunity to ask a question. My French husband and I have a 4-month-old daughter who we would like to raise bilingual in Australia. English is my first language, and my French is average. My husband and I mainly communicate in English although we sometimes […]

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 […]