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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: 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 […]

Q&A: How to get a toddler to use the minority language?

Q&A: How to get a toddler to use the minority language?

  Question Hello, My name is May. I’m Indonesian and my husband is German. We live in Germany. I have a daughter, she is 22 months old now and we will have the second one soon. I speak Indonesian with my daughter and my husband speaks German with her. My husband and I speak English […]

5 thoughts to boost the confidence of parents of bilingual children

5 thoughts to boost the confidence of parents of bilingual children

As parents most of us have an ideal picture of what we want our children to be like when they grow up. Some of us are more specific than others with regards to the personality traits and behaviours we wish for our children, but for most of us ‘happy’, ‘honest’ and ‘confident’ feature high on […]

40 ways to motivate bilingual children to speak the minority language

40 ways to motivate bilingual children to speak the minority language

Babies and toddlers During the early years of your child’s “talking career” you may be holding a monologue for much of the time, but this is when you set the foundation for the language and there is a lot you can do to encourage your little one to start talking. Make talking your minority language […]

Q&A: How to encourage a reluctant child to use the minority language?

Q&A: How to encourage a reluctant child to use the minority language?

Question Hello, We are a Spanish couple living in a bilingual area where Spanish and Valencian are spoken equally. Our son is 3.5 years old. I have always talked to him in English since he was born. His father has talked Spanish to him. And he has been exposed to Valencian since he was 2 […]

Top tips for motivating bilingual children to speak their languages

Top tips for motivating bilingual children to speak their languages

Choosing the topic for this month’s Raising Multilingual Children blogging carnival was actually very easy. “What do parents ask me most about?” I pondered and instantly I thought “How to motivate my child to speak the minority language?” My fellow bloggers – who all have their own bilingual children – have written new posts giving […]

Motivating a bilingual child: Pricken the Swedish-speaking kitten

Motivating a bilingual child: Pricken the Swedish-speaking kitten

  “How to motivate my child to speak the minority language?” is one of the most frequently asked questions to our panel of Family Language Coaches. This challenge will also be the topic of the up-coming Raising Multilingual Children blogging carnival, which I will host here next week. Motivating a child to speak the minority […]

Q&A: How to introduce another language to a small child with speech delay?

Q&A: How to introduce another language to a small child with speech delay?

Question Hi there, I am the mother of a 3 and 1/2 year old son diagnosed with speech delay. With a lot of speech and language therapy practice at home he is now starting to string short sentences together finally. He is still probably about a year behind compared to his contemporaries but I am […]

“I can’t stay consistent!” – the challenge of parenting a bilingual child

“I can’t stay consistent!” – the challenge of parenting a bilingual child

I hear you, you are not alone  – come closer so I can give you a virtual hug! Not being able to stay consistent in the language use is the most common reply I get when I ask parents what their biggest challenge is when raising bilingual children. So how important is it to stay consistent, […]