Q&A: How to support a trilingual toddler with her family languages?

Q&A: How to support a trilingual toddler with her family languages?

  Question Hello, We are a Spanish mum and German dad living in England, and our 18-month-old doesn't speak any words other than "no". Should we be concerned? My husband and I speak to our girl in our language always, no matter what, it even sounds strange to...

Q&A: How strict should OPOL-parents be with their languages when speaking to a small child?

Q&A: How strict should OPOL-parents be with their languages when speaking to a small child?

Question Good day, Thank you for the good advice on multilingual parenting. I am Dutch and married to a Jordanian (Arabic-speaking). We talk English amongst each other but try to stick with our mother tongues (Dutch and Arabic) when talking to our 15-month-old son. He...

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...

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...