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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: What is the best way for one parent to pass on two languages?

Q&A: What is the best way for one parent to pass on two languages?

  Question Hello Family Language Coaches, I have a question on one parent passing on two languages: I was born in the US to Korean parents. My parents spoke English to me instead of their heritage language, even going so far as to read to me in English every night, so I acquired English first […]

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 […]

Q&A: How can one parent pass on two languages?

Q&A: How can one parent pass on two languages?

Question Hello! I have a challenge approaching with the birth of my daughter. My partner is Polish and will be speaking to her in Polish. I am half Czech and although was not spoken to as a child managed to learn the language enough to speak and maintain relationships with my relatives there. My partner […]

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 increase the minority language exposure for a toddler?

Q&A: How to increase the minority language exposure for a toddler?

Question Hi, I am Brazilian and my husband is German. We live in Germany and raise our almost two years old son bilingual. We do OPOL with our son and our common language is mostly German. My husband speaks Portuguese but not so well. At the moment my son attends a German daycare in the […]

Q&A: How to teach a non-native language (English) to a toddler

Q&A: How to teach a non-native language (English) to a toddler

Question Hello, I am from Poland and the father of a 20 months old daughter. For me and my wife out mother tongue is Polish. I caught up an idea to introduce another language to my child from TV cartoons … let me explain. Here in Poland in national television, there is a national program […]

Time and place - T&P as a family language strategy

Time and place – T&P as a family language strategy

When raising a bilingual child, it is always good to plan ahead so that everyone is clear about who is going to speak what language in the family when the new baby arrives. This post is the third post in my series of different approaches parents can take if they decide to bring their child […]

Q&A: Bilingual parent - which language to speak to the child?

Q&A: Bilingual parent – which language to speak to the child?

Question I would like to tell you a little bit about my story because I would love to get some advice from you. I am a Spanish native speaker married to a South African whose mother tongue is Afrikaans, although he is bilingual, he can also speak English. We currently live in Spain, we speak […]

How to pass on a minority language to a child in a bilingual family

How to pass on a minority language to a child in a bilingual family

The number of parents who raise their children in a multilingual environment is increasing. More and more individuals and whole families move from one country to another due to work, studies or other reasons. Couples with different native languages meet and start a family. All this means that many children grow up surrounded by two […]