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Q&A: Is it worth passing on a family language for which there is only limited use?

Q&A: Is it worth passing on a family language for which there is only limited use?

  Question Hello My husband and I are expecting a baby. We live in the US, and he is from a small African country. He speaks his native language fluently and very good English and French. I want our child to speak his language (which I have only basic knowledge of), so she can feel […]

Q&A: How to engage a 10-year-old to speak the minority language and expand his vocabulary?

Q&A: How to engage a 10-year-old to speak the minority language and expand his vocabulary?

  Question Hello! Great website – thank you for taking the time to do this! We have two kids raised from birth bilingual in Italian and English. BUT dad speaks only one of the languages (English) and we’re living in the US where foreign languages are fairly non-existent at elementary school. Kids talk among themselves […]

Q&A: “Am I a poor parent for not speaking the minority language with our child?”

Q&A: “Am I a poor parent for not speaking the minority language with our child?”

  Question Hello I have question and maybe this may seem silly, but do you think that the fact that parents who don’t teach or raise their kids as native bilinguals are “poor parents”? My son is 7. He speaks predominantly English at home but can communicate a little bit in Spanish with my parents. […]

Q&A: How to reintroduce a minority language to a speech-delayed child and a younger sibling?

Q&A: How to reintroduce a minority language to a speech-delayed child and a younger sibling?

  Question Hello, I am German and, my now, ex-husband is English/Australian. The kids spend half of the week with him and the other half with me. I used to talk German to my son from birth onward, but when he was diagnosed with a speech delay which was luckily very early, as I could […]

Q&A: Is it necessary to arrange additional tuition for a child’s minority language?

Q&A: Is it necessary to arrange additional tuition for a child’s minority language?

  Question Hi, My question is, do you need to set aside time for language lessons either by parents or professional for the minority language? My 3-year-old daughter speaks Spanish (we live in Spain) and English (minority language) and she is well on her way to being bilingual, her English level is above most 3 […]

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 […]