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: Changing the language parents speak with a 1-year-old – is it too late and how to do it?

Q&A: Changing the language parents speak with a 1-year-old – is it too late and how to do it?

  Question Hi there, I would like to ask for your advice. My husband is Portuguese and I am Hungarian and we live in England. Our daughter is almost one year old, and we mostly speak to her in English. She does hear conversations in both other languages, when we...

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...