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Q&A: Does a parent “mess up” a 2-year-old’s language development by speaking a non-native language?

Q&A: Does a parent “mess up” a 2-year-old’s language development by speaking a non-native language?

  Question Hello My daughter and son-in-law have four daughters ages 8, 6, 4 and almost 2. “Dad” knows some Italian having lived in Italy a couple of years. He thinks he should have been bilingual with the first three daughters. He speaks only Italian to the fourth daughter and English to everyone else who […]

Q&A: Should a parent stop speaking a non-native language so that a child does not get an accent?

Q&A: Should a parent stop speaking a non-native language so that a child does not get an accent?

  Question Hello, My family and I live in Iran. We don’t have many bilinguals or multinationals in our country. People know a little English but not very much. I have a daughter, who is 6 years old. I am an English-teacher in my country, too. I teach kids under the age of 7. When […]

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 […]

Bilingual children – no language confusion!

Bilingual children – no language confusion!

  We have answered more than two hundred questions on the topic of raising bilingual children, and the worry that gets mentioned most frequently is whether kids growing up to learn more than one language can get confused by the languages in their family and environment. Again and again we emphasize that this is a […]

Q&A: The majority language parent also speaking a non-native minority language  – recommendations?

Q&A: The majority language parent also speaking a non-native minority language – recommendations?

Question Thank you so much for your website and for the opportunity to ask a question. My French husband and I have a 4-month-old daughter who we would like to raise bilingual in Australia. English is my first language, and my French is average. My husband and I mainly communicate in English although we sometimes […]

Q&A: Can a child become fluent in a language after the age of six or seven?

Q&A: Can a child become fluent in a language after the age of six or seven?

Question Hi Rita We’re a monolingual (Spanish) couple living in Spain. Nevertheless, we’re are raising our 4-year-old daughter multilingual. I always speak English to her and to my husband. But I speak French to her one hour a day. My husband speaks Spanish to her and to me, and one hour a day, he speaks […]

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 […]

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 […]

Raising a bilingual child in Spanish and English, a non-native language [guest post]

Raising a bilingual child in Spanish and English, a non-native language [guest post]

It is with joy I welcome today’s guest poster, Diana Sampedro, a Spanish mother and language English-teacher who is raising her daughter to become bilingual in Spanish and English, which is not Diane’s native langauge. She has written a book about her experience, giving advice to other parents who want to follow her example and pass […]

Q&A: Questions about teaching a toddler two non-native languages

Q&A: Questions about teaching a toddler two non-native languages

Question Due to the length of today’s question it has been stuctured slightly differently with the answers being added after each subquestion. Nick has answered the main part of the query and Rita has responded to the rest [the name of who has answered will be given in square brackets]. Dear Rita and colleagues, My […]