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Q&A: How to maintain and support minority languages in a multilingual family?

Q&A: How to maintain and support minority languages in a multilingual family?

Question Hello, I am currently pregnant with our first child and my husband and I are trying to make a family language plan. I am American so my native language is English, but I also know a good amount of French and a few words and phrases in Ewe. My husband is Togolese and speaks […]

Q&A: How to choose the common language in a multilingual family?

Q&A: How to choose the common language in a multilingual family?

  Question Dear Coaches, first of all, thank you for a very helpful website! I have also read the book Rita wrote about raising a bilingual child, which I found very helpful when starting on planning the way with the languages in our family. First the facts about us and the languages: I am a […]

Q&A: How to combine OPOL and the needs of an extended multilingual family?

Q&A: How to combine OPOL and the needs of an extended multilingual family?

Question Hello, I’m very glad I found the article about the 2 parents, 2 languages (2P2L) family language strategy as it touches on some questions that have been bugging me ever since my daughter (18mths) was born. My husband (Spanish) and I (bilingual English/German) live in Brussels and so far, we’ve been using a fairly […]

Q&A: Which language to speak when in a multilingual family?

Q&A: Which language to speak when in a multilingual family?

Question Dear Rita and Multilingual Parenting Team, First of all, I would like to thank you and the rest of the team for a great website, it has been very useful since I started investigating about multilingual education. I am sending you our questions because I could not find quite our case in the Q&A […]

Multilingual families – a force for good in a world less united

Multilingual families – a force for good in a world less united

We live in a world where those who try to create divisions between people of different countries, creeds and cultures are getting more and more vocal and who try to disrupt the stability in way that leads to discrimination, abuse, displacement of families, fear and even to devastating loss of lives. As a parent and […]

Q&A: How to choose the common language in a multilingual family?

Q&A: How to choose the common language in a multilingual family?

Question Hello! I would love to get some advice from someone in the same situation because it has been a little bit messy at home. We have a one-year-old, we live in Ireland but his daddy is Turkish and I’m Spanish. I speak with him in Spanish, his daddy speaks with him in Turkish and […]

Multilingual Family with English, Spanish (and French) in Spain

Multilingual Family with English, Spanish (and French) in Spain

Today I can present to you another delightful multilingual family: Lisa, Ed, Joshua and Francesca who speak English as a family and live in Spain. You may already know Lisa as the driving force behind the site Cooking With Languages and the children’s activity cookbook with the same name. Family languages: English, Spanish (and Spanglish)  […]

Multilingual Family with Italian and Dutch in Luxembourg

Multilingual Family with Italian and Dutch in Luxembourg

I am delighted to introduce you to another multilingual family: Giovanna’s lovely family from Luxembourg. Giovanna is Italian by birth and her husband is Flemish (Belgian from the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium). They have two children (nine and ten years old) who were born in Luxembourg and are growing up as balanced bilinguals in Dutch […]

Multilingual families – why a child might grow up monolingual

Multilingual families – why a child might grow up monolingual

I love the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” – for the purpose of the topic at hand, I would like to expand it to “It takes two villages to raise a bilingual child”. This is of course not strictly true, but it does describe the need for extra resources and […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 15

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 15

Exciting news from the real life of our fictional multilingual family! Monday Sorry for not writing for a long time, I have not been very well … or actually, I am feeling fantastic, over the moon to be precise! Yes, you guessed it, we are having baby number three! If all goes well, there will […]