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Q&A: Choosing the school language for a bilingual child – one of the home languages or a third one?

Q&A: Choosing the school language for a bilingual child – one of the home languages or a third one?

  Question Hello, My daughter is two years old. We live in Beirut, Lebanon. Our community language is Arabic. Our schools provide education either in English or in French. Some schools teach both English and French languages equally. Since birth, my daughter was exposed to both English and Arabic. At first, I used to speak […]

Q&A: How to maintain and support minority languages in a multilingual family?

Q&A: How to maintain and support minority languages in a multilingual family?

Question Hello, I am currently pregnant with our first child and my husband and I are trying to make a family language plan. I am American so my native language is English, but I also know a good amount of French and a few words and phrases in Ewe. My husband is Togolese and speaks […]

Q&A: What if a parent does not understand the language a bilingual child learns first?

Q&A: What if a parent does not understand the language a bilingual child learns first?

Question Hello, I’m pregnant with our first baby and start to be worried about the future language development of my son. I’m Polish, my fiancé is French and we communicate in English (I can’t speak French and my fiancé can’t speak Polish). Nevertheless, we live in Poland as my partner works here in a French […]

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 […]

Q&A: How to choose the common language in a multilingual family?

Q&A: How to choose the common language in a multilingual family?

  Question Dear Coaches, first of all, thank you for a very helpful website! I have also read the book Rita wrote about raising a bilingual child, which I found very helpful when starting on planning the way with the languages in our family. First the facts about us and the languages: I am a […]

Q&A: How to support a trilingual child when the minority languages are similar?

Q&A: How to support a trilingual child when the minority languages are similar?

  Question Dear Rita, My wife and I read your book and we strongly recommend it for other multilingual families. My wife is Russian, I am Serbian and we live in London. We are sticking to the golden rule that mother speaks exclusively Russian to him, daddy speaks only Serbian to him and nanny speaks […]

Q&A: How to motivate a reluctant 3-year-old to speak the minority language?

Q&A: How to motivate a reluctant 3-year-old to speak the minority language?

Question Dear Family Language Coaches. We live in South Africa, I grew up in Germany and my husband grew up Afrikaans. Our daughter is three years old and I speak German with her, while my husband (and the rest of the family) speak Afrikaans. At kindergarten she is also exposed to English, as the school […]

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: Are three languages too many for a small child?

Q&A: Are three languages too many for a small child?

Question Hello, I have a question concerning a triligual environment in which my daughter (9 month old baby) lives. I am Serbian and my husband is French and we are currently living in France. I am speaking my native language to our baby and my husband his. She is going to a French nursery since […]

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 20 (penned by daddy)

From the diary of a bilingual mother, part 20 (penned by daddy)

  Fantastic news from the father of our fictional multilingual family, who are living the very real highs and lows of millions of bilingual mothers, fathers and children across the world.  They welcome the latest addition to their family on what is the last page from the diary for now. Don’t despair, though, there will […]