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Q&A: How to pass on two minority languages, one of them being  a rare language?

Q&A: How to pass on two minority languages, one of them being a rare language?

  Question Hello I am wondering what strategy to take. I am a native English-speaker who grew up bilingual in English and Assyrian. My husband is German, but speaks English to a native level. I am the stepmother to his lovely 6-year-old (monolingual) German speaking son, and I am pregnant with our first child together. […]

Q&A: How to get the minority languages of the family back on track?

Q&A: How to get the minority languages of the family back on track?

  Question Hi Rita and team, Could you help me with advice on an upcoming dilemma? We’re a family with three languages in the house but every family member’s ability and willingness to speak them vary greatly. Dad is Spanish, is fluent in English and understands some German. Mum is fluent in German and English […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 17

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 17

Follow the joys and challenges of our fictional bilingual mother and her multilingual family with hubby, 6-year-old son S and 3-year-old daughter D. Monday Only three months to go and we will be a family of five – I am so happy we went for a bigger house when we moved, otherwise we would be […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 15

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 15

Exciting news from the real life of our fictional multilingual family! Monday Sorry for not writing for a long time, I have not been very well … or actually, I am feeling fantastic, over the moon to be precise! Yes, you guessed it, we are having baby number three! If all goes well, there will […]

Bilingual siblings

Bilingual siblings

Your first-born is on the way to become bilingual – you are so happy to see that both languages are progressing well. You have managed to arrange enough exposure for both languages and look forward to repeating the “procedure” with your next child. It should not be any different, should it? Well, it is and […]

"My children only speak the majority language with each other!"

“My children only speak the majority language with each other!”

So you have successfully passed on your language to your children and they are happy to talk your language with you. Maybe they have also spoken your language amongst themselves up to now. Then the language pattern changes and they switch to the majority language. What happened there? Did you do something wrong? No, you […]