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Q&A: Questions about raising a trilingual child and balancing the exposure to three languages

Q&A: Questions about raising a trilingual child and balancing the exposure to three languages

Question Dear Rita, first of all, I’m VERY happy I’ve stumbled across this website! It’s really interesting to read other parents’ stories and your replies, and great to see so many people are in similar situations. This is our trilingual situation: My wife is Iranian, I am German, but I grew up speaking German and […]

Q&A: How to pass on two minority languages in a multilingual environment?

Q&A: How to pass on two minority languages in a multilingual environment?

Question Hello, My name is Maria, I am Italian and together with my Libyan husband we have a 10-month-old son. Together we live in Malta, where our son was born. Our common language is English, since I do not understand Arabic and my husband doesn’t understand Italian. In Malta, English is an official language besides […]

Q&A: How to make a reluctant 7-year-old interested in a family language?

Q&A: How to make a reluctant 7-year-old interested in a family language?

  Question Hello, I am a French mum who has been living in England for 20 years. During all these years, I hardly spoke French unless I was returning to France to see family on average once a year. I now have a 7-year-old daughter who has always refused to learn French. She has had […]

Q&A: What are the implications of switching the language you speak with your baby?

Q&A: What are the implications of switching the language you speak with your baby?

  Question Dear Language Coaches, Can you please give any advice on my family’s language situation? My wife is fluent in both English and Afrikaans, with HL (home language) Afrikaans. My HL is English and my Afrikaans is good enough for us to successfully communicate but I still make quite a lot of mistakes, so […]

Q&A: How to introduce a second minority language to a child?

Q&A: How to introduce a second minority language to a child?

  Question Hello, I have been reading your website with interest and hope you can help me in introducing French to my two-year old son. I am half English and half French and fluent in both languages, although my dominant language is English. My husband is Iraqi and fluent in both English and Arabic. I […]

Q&A: Should minority language parents always be consistent about using their mother tongue?

Q&A: Should minority language parents always be consistent about using their mother tongue?

  Question Dear All, We are an Italian family living in France. We speak Italian at home (two hours at night and on the weekends/holidays) but sometimes in the afternoons after school, when my husband is not there yet, it happens that I speak French as well to my daughter (I’m very exposed to it […]

Q&A: How not to exclude others when you speak a minority language with your child?

Q&A: How not to exclude others when you speak a minority language with your child?

Question Hello, I am from Hungary and live in the UK with my British husband. At home we speak English, as my husband doesn’t speak much Hungarian. We have a 3-month-old baby, with whom I have been talking in Hungarian when it is just the two of us, or if we are in the company […]

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. […]