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Q&A: What to do when it does not feel right to speak one's mother tongue with a baby?

Q&A: What to do when it does not feel right to speak one’s mother tongue with a baby?

Question Hello! I just found your site, so first of all congratulations, it is incredibly useful! I was trying to find out what method to use with our future kids, I’m Hungarian native, my husband is Italian and we live in Italy. I speak Italian like a native and I also speak English and Spanish […]

Q&A: How to define a bilingual child's mother tongue and choose the right school language?

Q&A: How to define a bilingual child’s mother tongue and choose the right school language?

Question Hello, I am from a Gujarati family and till graduation I studied in Gujarati then I did my MBA. My wife’s name is from Rajasthan and till graduation she studied in Hindi, then did her MBA. We have a 3-year-old daughter and we are planning her education. We have met a number of people […]

I had the right to use my mother tongue at school

I had the right to use my mother tongue at school

A bit of an obvious statement, you may think. Unfortunately, it is not. Instead, it is a problem many children in the developing world still face: not being able to attend school in their mother tongue. United Nation’s International Mother Language Day is celebrated on Sunday the 21st of February and this year’s theme emphasises […]

Time to celebrate your family’s language(s) #IMLD

Time to celebrate your family’s language(s) #IMLD

This Saturday, 21st of February, is UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day. Those of you who follow me in social media know that I have been actively campaigning to raise awareness for this day, to make it celebrated more widely across the world. It warms my heart that several other bloggers and language enthusiasts have joined […]

International Mother Language Day 2015 - #IMLD campaign

International Mother Language Day 2015 – #IMLD campaign

The International Mother Language Day is observed every year on the 21st of February. UNESCO officially proclaimed the day in 1999 with the aim to promote “linguistic diversity and multilingual education” and to develop the “awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions all over the world” thereby inspiring “international solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue”. Language […]

Mother tongue - how do you define yours?

Mother tongue – how do you define yours?

Happy International Mother Language Day! There could not be a more appropriate day than today to reflect on the term ‘mother tongue’ – but what does it really mean, especially if you speak more than one language? How should the term be defined in general and what specific meaning does it have to me? Warning: […]