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Q&A: How to do OPOL as parents if you are used to mixing languages?

Q&A: How to do OPOL as parents if you are used to mixing languages?

  Question Hello My wife is Australian, I am Flemish (Dutch-speaking Belgium) and that is also where we live. We are expecting and want our child to be bilingual English-Dutch to pass on both of our cultural identities. Nowadays, since my wife’s Dutch has become very good, my wife and I speak a mixture of […]

Q&A: Choosing the school language for a bilingual child – one of the home languages or a third one?

Q&A: Choosing the school language for a bilingual child – one of the home languages or a third one?

  Question Hello, My daughter is two years old. We live in Beirut, Lebanon. Our community language is Arabic. Our schools provide education either in English or in French. Some schools teach both English and French languages equally. Since birth, my daughter was exposed to both English and Arabic. At first, I used to speak […]

Q&A: How to implement a combined OPOL + Time and Place family language strategy?

Q&A: How to implement a combined OPOL + Time and Place family language strategy?

Question Hello, I have a question regarding raising a trilingual child. I was raised bilingual by my German father and English mother. I grew up in Germany but have spent a substantial amount of time living in the UK also. My husband is French and we live in France with our 17-month-old daughter. I am […]

Q&A: Should a couple switch from English to the majority language as their common language?

Q&A: Should a couple switch from English to the majority language as their common language?

  Question Hello, I just ran into your website and I loved it. I have a son who is 1.5 years old. I am Albanian, my husband is Spanish. We want to raise our son bilingual, so our plan is that I speak with him in Albanian only (minority language), and my husband speaks with […]

Q&A: Bilingual parents – how to choose the home language and what to speak with your child?

Q&A: Bilingual parents – how to choose the home language and what to speak with your child?

Question 1 Hello, I am a bilingual parent (majority English but fluent in Chinese) my wife is majority Chinese but also fluent in English. We currently speak Chinese at home to our 2-year-old son. Our assumption is that he will learn English naturally thru his environment once he goes to school so we wanted to […]

Q&A: Should a parent stick to the minority language when others are around?

Q&A: Should a parent stick to the minority language when others are around?

Question Hi Rita, I recently was recommended your site to get advice how to raise my son bilingual. Our family background. We have a 1-year-old boy, who’s just starting to form some sounds. My husband is British and I’m Hungarian, we live in the UK. So far I was speaking to my son in both […]

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: How to support a trilingual child when the minority languages are similar?

Q&A: How to support a trilingual child when the minority languages are similar?

  Question Dear Rita, My wife and I read your book and we strongly recommend it for other multilingual families. My wife is Russian, I am Serbian and we live in London. We are sticking to the golden rule that mother speaks exclusively Russian to him, daddy speaks only Serbian to him and nanny speaks […]

Q&A: In which language should children watch films in an OPOL-family?

Q&A: In which language should children watch films in an OPOL-family?

Question Hello everyone! My partner and I bring up our children (3 and 4 years old) bilingually. I speak English as I am from England and my partner speaks German as he comes from Germany. The children’s biological father also speaks German to the children as he is German. We agreed to do it this […]

Q&A: Choosing the family language strategy after a move: when the minority language becomes the majority one.

Q&A: Choosing the family language strategy after a move: when the minority language becomes the majority one.

Question Dear Rita, Thank you for your wealth of knowledge and great posts! So far bilingual has been easy, since both my husband and I are German and we live in Texas. We both speak our native German with our almost 2-year-old daughter and with each other. She learnt and spoke the majority language English […]