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Q&A: How to balance the exposure to two minority languages for a trilingual (-to-be) child?

Q&A: How to balance the exposure to two minority languages for a trilingual (-to-be) child?

  Question Hello, I have been reading a lot on your website and have found a lot of interesting stories and insights! I am Franco-Chinese with French and Chinese as my mother tongues, my partner is British and we live in London. I am pregnant and I am keen to make sure that my children […]

Q&A: How can a single parent raise a bilingual child?

Q&A: How can a single parent raise a bilingual child?

  Question Hey, I decided long time ago that I would want to make my possible future children multilingual. I have lived years abroad (English was and still is my study and work language), but recently moved back to Finland. I’m a native Finnish-speaker, but don’t really use the language for anything else than communicating […]

Q&A: Should a bilingual family swap from OPOL to mL@H when moving to a new country?

Q&A: Should a bilingual family swap from OPOL to mL@H when moving to a new country?

  Question Hello, thank you so much for this website, it has been such a great resource and source of positive reassurance on our journey to raise bilingual children. I have a question regarding switching the language method in the family. My husband is American, so English native and is learning German. I am German […]

Q&A: Three languages and sign language – too much for a two-year old?

Q&A: Three languages and sign language – too much for a two-year old?

  Question Hello Looking for a suggestion for introducing my second languages to my toddler. My husband and I are native English speakers. I was a Spanish teacher for five years, so I speak it well, but I’m definitely missing lots of cultural background and seriously lacking in the nursery rhyme department. I opted to […]

Q&A: Speaking different languages on different days – a good way to raise a trilingual child?

Q&A: Speaking different languages on different days – a good way to raise a trilingual child?

  Question Hello, We are a Russian couple living in the Czech Republic and bringing up our 11-month-old daughter multilingual. In addition to Russian and Czech languages, we want her to speak English as well. Both of us speak Czech and English fluently and Russian is our native language. We chose 2P3L strategy, meaning that […]

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 […]