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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 […]

Q&A: Should a parent switch to a non-native language to support a bilingual child's  minority language?

Q&A: Should a parent switch to a non-native language to support a bilingual child’s minority language?

Question Hello, My wife is bilingual in Mandarin (her first language) and English. We currently reside in the U.S. and would like to raise our 16-month old son to have a high degree of fluency in both languages. He goes to a Mandarin-speaking daycare and we plan on later sending him to a local public […]

Q&A: Speaking a non-native language with your child - how to plan it and what to speak when family is around?

Q&A: Speaking a non-native language with your child – how to plan it and what to speak when family is around?

Question Dear sir or madam, my wife and I are both Czechs living in Czech Republic. Now we have 3-month-old son and I want to rise him bilingual, Czech and English. I speak fluent English, but as you can read, not really perfect. I lived in US for a while and have a diploma from […]

Q&A: How to teach a non-native language (English) to a toddler

Q&A: How to teach a non-native language (English) to a toddler

Question Hello, I am from Poland and the father of a 20 months old daughter. For me and my wife out mother tongue is Polish. I caught up an idea to introduce another language to my child from TV cartoons … let me explain. Here in Poland in national television, there is a national program […]

Q&A: Passing on a non-native language to a child

Q&A: Passing on a non-native language to a child

Question I stumbled across this website and found it extremely helpful and interesting. I tried to surf through some of the questions and recent posts but my situation does not seem to be covered. My wife and I are talking about trying to have children in the next few months. Both our mother language is […]