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Q&A: How to convince a reluctant parent to speak a minority language with a child?

Q&A: How to convince a reluctant parent to speak a minority language with a child?

  Question Hello! As every parent would like to provide best future for their children I have started to wonder about language routine for our baby girl that is due in a month. I would like to get any advice how to introduce the language that is very important to a family and I feel […]

Q&A: If a child loses a language are all the benefits of  bilingualism gone?

Q&A: If a child loses a language are all the benefits of bilingualism gone?

  Question Hei! I am a German single mom to a soon 4-year-old boy. He was born in Finland and we’ve been living here all the time. At home I only speak German to him. He started to attend Finnish daycare at age 1.5 (part time), full time from age 2.5. Although his language development […]

Q&A: About choosing the language for day care, stuttering and mixing languages

Q&A: About choosing the language for day care, stuttering and mixing languages

    Question Hello, I am Macedonian living in Finland and my spouse is Finnish. I speak quite good English but at home we speak Finnish almost all the time. We have 2,5 months old baby for whose future I’d like her to speak Macedonian and Finnish and to learn English as well. I am […]

Q&A: How to ensure that a trilingual (-to-be) child also picks up parents’ common language?

Q&A: How to ensure that a trilingual (-to-be) child also picks up parents’ common language?

Question Hi, I have been doing a bit of reading on raising trilingual children, as my husband and I are expecting our first child in January. It seems that in most cases the parents have two individual native languages, and the third being that of the country they live in. This is not the case […]

Q&A: When to introduce a family language to a child who will attend a trilingual school?

Q&A: When to introduce a family language to a child who will attend a trilingual school?

  Question Hi I live in Hong Kong where almost everyone is trilingual speaking Cantonese, Mandarin and English. The school I will send my baby, who is five months now, is a trilingual school that will begin at the age of two (Cantonese, Mandarin and English). My husband’s native tongue is Cantonese and he also […]

Q&A: Three family languages – how to pass them all on? What about adding others?

Q&A: Three family languages – how to pass them all on? What about adding others?

  Question Hello! I have a 4-month-old baby boy. I will stay at home with him the first year with a possibility of a few more depending on daycare availability. We live in Quebec, Canada. My native language is Spanish. I’m fluent in English, French, have a basic knowledge of ASL, Portuguese and Italian. His […]

Q&A: Literacy: how to teach reading and writing when exposure time is limited?

Q&A: Literacy: how to teach reading and writing when exposure time is limited?

  Question Good day, I am a German native living in South Africa. My husband is South African and speaks to my 3-year-old son English and the local language isiSetswana. I solely speak German to him. Since he goes to an English creche, English is his main language. He started speaking quite late due to […]

Q&A: How can a small bilingual child learn two additional languages?

Q&A: How can a small bilingual child learn two additional languages?

  Question Dear Coaches, I would greatly appreciate your advice regarding raising a multilingual son in the following language environment: I would like my son to speak English, Hungarian, German and Spanish. We live in the US, my husband is American and only speaks English. I am Hungarian and speak Hungarian, English and German at […]

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: Which sign language to teach a child with Down syndrome in a bilingual family?

Q&A: Which sign language to teach a child with Down syndrome in a bilingual family?

  Question Hi, We are a family of three, and expecting our second child. Our daughter will be nearly four when her baby brother is due in November. I’m Finnish, my husband Irish, and we live in the US at the moment. Even if we use English together, I’ve used only Finnish with our daughter […]