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Q&A: How many languages can a small child learn at the same time?

Q&A: How many languages can a small child learn at the same time?

  Question Hello, I am a native Hindi-speaker and so is my husband. We live in USA and are fluent in English, too. Our nanny is Romanian but speaks (non-native) Spanish. Our 7-month-old daughter spends majority of time with the nanny and my parents, who speak Hindi with her. I am trying to also teach […]

Reading with the multicultural child [guest post]

Reading with the multicultural child [guest post]

It’s a great joy and honour to have Katey Howes join my blog as a guest today! Katey is a mom of three, children’s author and literacy advocate who blogs about raising kids who love to read at Kateywrites. Katey is a native English speaker who studied in Madrid, and now makes New Jersey her […]

12 silly questions a bilingual could ask a monolingual

12 silly questions a bilingual could ask a monolingual

Throughout history bilingual people have been (and still are) asked some fairly silly questions. What if the shoe was on the other foot – what questions could we as bilinguals ask? 1 – What have you done to cure your monolingualism? Bilingual people have been classed as strange and some people have wanted to shield […]

Random thoughts about bilingualism

Random thoughts about bilingualism

My brain is still a bit in holiday mood, reflecting on the relaxing time my family and I had in Finland, so in this post you’ll just find random observations about how languages affect our lives. The area where we have our house in Finland is bilingual – Swedish and Finnish … or actually you […]

Are you being a pushy parent by insisting on raising your son to become bilingual?

Are you being a pushy parent by insisting on raising your son to become bilingual?

We have all heard about parents that start teaching their children maths or science, or train them in playing piano or tennis at a very early age. Sometime it feels as if the parents may be trying to fulfil their own dreams through their children and not thinking of how it affects their children’s childhood. […]

"She's speaking a completely different language!"

“She’s speaking a completely different language!”

Any parent with a teenage daughter in the house has probably at some point had thoughts along those lines. But what if it is a grandmother thinking that? And what if it is actually true? How does it feel not to be able to speak to your granddaughter? How would this affect your daughter’s relationship […]

"Is it too late to start speaking my language to our son?"

“Is it too late to start speaking my language to our son?”

“You must start when he is a small baby!”, “No point trying after he has turned three!”, “Definitely begin before he goes to school!”, “Older than seven and he will not get fluent!”, “He’s a teenager – no way!” Those are some of the answers you may get – and do you know what, they […]

"My teenage daughter has stopped speaking my language!"

“My teenage daughter has stopped speaking my language!”

Beautiful flowers with accompanying thistles. Teenagers love to rebel, that’s how it is, has always been and will always be. Better just be prepared for it. If two languages have been the norm so far in the family, you might just be about the experience a major rebellion. By the time your daughter* has grown […]

Bilinguals have a sharper focus

Bilinguals have a sharper focus

No, I am not saying that you can see better if you speak more than one language – there are many advantages to being bilingual, however a better eye sight is sadly not one of them. What I am saying though, is that bilinguals can on average concentrate better than monolinguals. The Canadian neuroscientist Ellen […]

Mixing languages?

Mixing languages?

If you are a bilingual like me, you know that we all do it – we mix our languages in our everyday lives. When we can’t think of a good word in one language we simply pick one from the other. Sloppy, lazy talk? Actually not, it is called code-switching and it has been researched […]