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Q&A: How can a teenager who understands the family’s minority language also learn to speak it?

Q&A: How can a teenager who understands the family’s minority language also learn to speak it?

  Question Hello! My father was born and raised in Germany. He came to America when he was 17. When people hear that he is from Germany, they ask if I speak German as well. Unfortunately, he never spoke to me and my siblings in German when we were small, so though we can understand […]

7 challenges and solutions for raising a bilingual child

7 challenges and solutions for raising a bilingual child

Parents who want to bring up their kids to speak the family languages can learn a lot from those families who have been successful at bringing up bilingual children. However, I also think that a great deal can be learnt from parents whose children grew up not becoming fluent in the family’s minority language. It is equally […]

Q&A: How to choose the family language strategy?

Q&A: How to choose the family language strategy?

Question Hello, I wonder about minority language (mL) between parents combined with one parent, one language (OPOL), and the benefits of having spoken/understood several languages during childhood without making it to even receptive bilingualism. We are young parents-to-be from French- and Italian-speaking backgrounds, in a French-speaking context. We both learned the other’s language in our […]

Q&A: How to introduce a third language to a receptively bilingual child?

Q&A: How to introduce a third language to a receptively bilingual child?

Question Hi! I have been subscribed to your newsletter and blog for quite some time and it has been very helpful! Thank you so much! It’s great not to feel alone in the journey of raising bilingual kids. Little background: I have two kids 5 and 3 whose majority language is English. I am a […]

Q&A: Two family languages, children want to speak only one

Q&A: Two family languages, children want to speak only one

Question Hi, I was wondering if you could give me some feedback on how to encourage my passive bilingual kids to “produce” or speak the minority language in our home. I have 4 children ages 10, 9, 6 and 4. Both my husband and I are bilingual English/Arabic speakers. I am a native speaker of […]

Q&A: Can a passive language speaker help a child become bilingual?

Q&A: Can a passive language speaker help a child become bilingual?

Question I would like to hear what your thoughts are about this: Languages: minority language (ml) – Spanish, majority language (ML) English Strategy: One parent, one language (OPOL) Country: USA Child: 1 year old Let’s say we found someone who could babysit our kid 4 times a week (28 hrs). She is a ml passive […]