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When a child grows up with three or more languages the challenges can be more pronounced than when only two languages are involved. For example, how to adapt the family language strategy when circumstances change and a third or fourth language is added? The solutions that work well for bilingual families, such as using the one person, one language family language strategy, are not straight-forward to apply if a child grows up in a multilingual environment. Nevertheless, children do grow up to successfully speak three, four, or even more languages. It can be done.

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 does moving to another country affect a child’s identity and languages?

Q&A: How does moving to another country affect a child’s identity and languages?

  Question Dear Rita and the Multilingual Parenting Team, Thank you so much for this invaluable resource! I came across it today after a long discussion with my wife about our one-year-old son and our future plans, and wondered if it would be possible to help us...

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...