In this section, you can find Q&As to help you choose your own family language strategy.

Why do parents need a strategy to make sure the children grow up speaking the family languages? After all, kids grow up learning more than one language all over the world all the time. This is of course true. If the circumstances are right, children will naturally grow up learning the languages they hear around them. The trick is knowing what the right circumstances are and being able to intervene if it looks like there is not enough input in a language or a majority language is about to take over. A child should want and need to speak a language, and there should be plenty of opportunities to use it. Parents should feel confident in their ability to pass on their language and believe that it is possible to successfully raise children to speak more than one language.

Q&A: Should a bilingual family swap from OPOL to mL@H when moving to a new country?

Q&A: Should a bilingual family swap from OPOL to mL@H when moving to a new country?

  Question Hello, thank you so much for this website, it has been such a great resource and source of positive reassurance on our journey to raise bilingual children. I have a question regarding switching the language method in the family. My husband is American,...

Q&A: How to choose a child’s school and parents’ common language in a family on the move?

Q&A: How to choose a child’s school and parents’ common language in a family on the move?

  Question Hello! I am currently pregnant with my first child (boy) and due to give birth in two months. I come from Pakistan and my husband is German. My mother tongue is Urdu whilst my husband's is German. English is the common language at home with my husband...

Q&A: How to support a bilingual child’s community language and maintain the family language?

Q&A: How to support a bilingual child’s community language and maintain the family language?

  Question Hello, I have been reading the posts on this site for a while, and they are amazing! Thanks for the effort. I got some questions regarding my son. Background about us: My wife and I were born and raised in Asia, and we're native Mandarin speakers. We...