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Q&A: What are the implications of switching the language you speak with your baby?

Q&A: What are the implications of switching the language you speak with your baby?

  Question Dear Language Coaches, Can you please give any advice on my family’s language situation? My wife is fluent in both English and Afrikaans, with HL (home language) Afrikaans. My HL is English and my Afrikaans is good enough for us to successfully communicate but I still make quite a lot of mistakes, so […]

Q&A: Should a parent change the language spoken with a child in anticipation of an international move?

Q&A: Should a parent change the language spoken with a child in anticipation of an international move?

  Question Hello! We are a Spanish\Catalan family who has lived in China for nearly four years and our child speaks the three languages without no problem as we do OPOL and she goes to a Chinese school. We are planning to move to England in November or so, so we decided to put her […]

Q&A: How to introduce a second minority language to a child?

Q&A: How to introduce a second minority language to a child?

  Question Hello, I have been reading your website with interest and hope you can help me in introducing French to my two-year old son. I am half English and half French and fluent in both languages, although my dominant language is English. My husband is Iraqi and fluent in both English and Arabic. I […]

Q&A: How not to exclude others when you speak a minority language with your child?

Q&A: How not to exclude others when you speak a minority language with your child?

Question Hello, I am from Hungary and live in the UK with my British husband. At home we speak English, as my husband doesn’t speak much Hungarian. We have a 3-month-old baby, with whom I have been talking in Hungarian when it is just the two of us, or if we are in the company […]

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: Can a bilingual mother speak both languages with her child?

Q&A: Can a bilingual mother speak both languages with her child?

Question Hi, My question is: how to choose a language when the mother is bilingual herself? We live in France, so our community language is French, while our home language is Italian. The point is that I’m bilingual myself, Italian-French, so which language should I speak to my 2-year-old son? It is natural for me […]