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Q&A: If a child loses a language are all the benefits of  bilingualism gone?

Q&A: If a child loses a language are all the benefits of bilingualism gone?

  Question Hei! I am a German single mom to a soon 4-year-old boy. He was born in Finland and we’ve been living here all the time. At home I only speak German to him. He started to attend Finnish daycare at age 1.5 (part time), full time from age 2.5. Although his language development […]

Q&A: Should a parent change the language spoken with a child in anticipation of an international move?

Q&A: Should a parent change the language spoken with a child in anticipation of an international move?

  Question Hello! We are a Spanish\Catalan family who has lived in China for nearly four years and our child speaks the three languages without no problem as we do OPOL and she goes to a Chinese school. We are planning to move to England in November or so, so we decided to put her […]

Q&A: Before a move, should children learn some of the language used at their new nursery?

Q&A: Before a move, should children learn some of the language used at their new nursery?

Question Hi, we are a German-American couple with two kids (4.5 and 2). We’ve been pretty successful with being a bilingual family so far. Our older son is fluent in German and English. The younger one is just starting to speak, but already understands both languages as well. Now we will move to Sweden. The […]

Q&A: Does reading to a child in a third language work with OPOL?

Q&A: Does reading to a child in a third language work with OPOL?

Question Hi there, I’ve found your website really helpful. Thank you very much for sharing all that info! I would like to ask for a bit of guidance. I am Spanish (fluent in French and English) and my husband is French (English fluent and good level of Spanish). We speak French in the house and […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 9

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 9

Follow the joys, challenges and everyday life of a bilingual mother. The diary is 100% fiction, but the emotions and dilemmas are very real! Monday Finally I have got time to write down my thoughts again! The move is over, we found a nice house in an alright neighbourhood, and so far we are loving […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 8

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 8

Another page out of our fictional mother’s diary, dealing with the joys and woes of a bilingual family. Monday We’re moving! That’s it, I have now written it down, so it’s real. It will happen. Of course I have known it for a while, but it has been difficult to fathom and my emotions are […]