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Q&A: Should parents always speak their native language with their children?

Q&A: Should parents always speak their native language with their children?

  Question Hello I work in a school and we have concerns about a child whose English vocabulary is very limited. Her mother (who is native English speaker but who spent part of her childhood in France) speaks to her in French at home. Father is absent so French is the main language used at […]

Q&A: What if a parent does not understand the language a bilingual child learns first?

Q&A: What if a parent does not understand the language a bilingual child learns first?

Question Hello, I’m pregnant with our first baby and start to be worried about the future language development of my son. I’m Polish, my fiancé is French and we communicate in English (I can’t speak French and my fiancé can’t speak Polish). Nevertheless, we live in Poland as my partner works here in a French […]

Q&A: How to choose between OPOL and mL@H?

Q&A: How to choose between OPOL and mL@H?

  Question Hello! My name is Lucia. My American husband and I live in Gijon, a little city in the north of Spain. Right now we are pregnant and we starting thinking which is the best plan to raise our baby bilingually. We have a doubt between two ideas. One, I can always speak Spanish […]

Q&A: What to do when it does not feel right to speak one's mother tongue with a baby?

Q&A: What to do when it does not feel right to speak one’s mother tongue with a baby?

Question Hello! I just found your site, so first of all congratulations, it is incredibly useful! I was trying to find out what method to use with our future kids, I’m Hungarian native, my husband is Italian and we live in Italy. I speak Italian like a native and I also speak English and Spanish […]

Q&A: Should I switch to using my native language with my bilingual children?

Q&A: Should I switch to using my native language with my bilingual children?

Question Hello, We are a family of four, two kids, age 5.5 and 2. Father is fluent in Arabic, French and English. I, the stay-at-home mother, am fluent in English and semi-fluent in Arabic. We live in the US, talk to Arab relatives on Skype weekly, and spend a month in Lebanon every year, where […]

Mother tongue - how do you define yours?

Mother tongue – how do you define yours?

Happy International Mother Language Day! There could not be a more appropriate day than today to reflect on the term ‘mother tongue’ – but what does it really mean, especially if you speak more than one language? How should the term be defined in general and what specific meaning does it have to me? Warning: […]