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Q&A: How to support a bilingual 3-year-old learning a third language?

Q&A: How to support a bilingual 3-year-old learning a third language?

  Question Hi! I’m German, my wife is Greek, we live in Greece. Our daughter is 3 1/2 years old. I speak only German to her (and she responds in German). My wife and everybody else speak only Greek to her (and she responds in Greek). My daughter’s Greek is amazingly good for this age. […]

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: 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: Is a dual-language school which introduces a third language the right choice for a bilingual child?

Q&A: Is a dual-language school which introduces a third language the right choice for a bilingual child?

  Question Hi, I have a 4-year-old son. We live in Los Angeles. I’m originally from India and native Hindi speaker. My husband is American and monolingual (English). Since my son’s birth I’ve been on a mission to teach him Hindi. I’m proud to say that he understands Hindi completely and speaks as well. Though […]

Bilingual children – no language confusion!

Bilingual children – no language confusion!

  We have answered more than two hundred questions on the topic of raising bilingual children, and the worry that gets mentioned most frequently is whether kids growing up to learn more than one language can get confused by the languages in their family and environment. Again and again we emphasize that this is a […]

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 […]