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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: How to introduce an additional family language to a 4-year-old?

Q&A: How to introduce an additional family language to a 4-year-old?

  Question Hello, I am after some advice. I am Lithuanian, my husband English. Our son is 4 1/2 years old. My aim was to bring him up as bilingual but somehow it didn’t happen. I spoke to him in my native language but not consistently enough. He doesn’t really understand it apart of a […]

How to use "monolingual toys" to motivate bilingual children

How to use “monolingual toys” to motivate bilingual children

  “How do I introduce another language for my toddler?” “How can I motivate my little one to speak my language?” “How to have fun when practicing the kids’ minority language?” These are questions I often get in the queries sent to our team of Family Language Coaches. One of the recommendations I often give […]

8 tips to boost your family’s multilingual journey [guest post]

8 tips to boost your family’s multilingual journey [guest post]

Today I am delighted to introduce you to our new Family Language Coach, Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett, a.k.a, Miss Panda Chinese. Amanda is a successful language instructor with over 15 years’ teaching experience in Taiwan, the U.S., Morocco, Canada, and Ecuador. She now lives in the U.S. with her husband and two bilingual children.  Enjoy Amanda’s excellent […]

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 […]