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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: Is it a good idea to introduce two additional languages to a preschooler?

Q&A: Is it a good idea to introduce two additional languages to a preschooler?

Question Hello, My daughter is in Kindergarten in a German School, where they use the one person, one language method. Both my husband and I have Spanish as mother tongue and we live in a Spanish-speaking country. We don´t know how to speak German, so at home we only speak Spanish. I am fluent in […]

Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 3: Activities

Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 3: Activities

The third part in my series on teaching your child a non-native language is all about different language-learning activities that you can do with your kid. So far in the series I have written about the things you need to take into consideration before embarking on such a journey and which family language strategy you […]

Q&A: Is saying something in two languages a good way to teach an additional language?

Q&A: Is saying something in two languages a good way to teach an additional language?

Question Dear Rita and all other Family Languages Coaches, I am Shoko, Japanese, and a mother of a son who is 26 months old. My husband is also Japanese and we reside in Japan. I have lived in the States when I was 6-10 years old, and also again when I was 22-25 years old […]

Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 2: Family language strategy

Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 2: Family language strategy

After taking into consideration all the points raised in the first part of this series, you have decided that you want to give your child the gift of another language. My presumption is that you have discussed this with the rest of the family and everybody agrees that it is a good idea. (If you […]

Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 1: Considerations

Passing on a non-native language to your child, part 1: Considerations

One of the most common questions we get to our panel of Family Language Coaches is from parents thinking about teaching their child a language of which the mother and/or father is not a native speaker, and whether this is a good idea. My short answer to this question is, “Yes, I think it can […]