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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 […]

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 […]