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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: How to prioritise between several family languages for your multilingual child?

Q&A: How to prioritise between several family languages for your multilingual child?

  Question Dear Sir/Madam Our daughter is almost 15 months old and we are seeking your advice on how to work on her languages. Here is the situation in our family: My native languages are Turkish and Russian. My husband’s native language is English. We currently live in Mozambique, so she hears a lot of […]

Q&A: Should parents ditch English as the family language to support their child’s minority languages?

Q&A: Should parents ditch English as the family language to support their child’s minority languages?

  Question Hi there! First of all, thank you so much for good work on the subject. I have been looking for such a blog for ages and now my wife found it 🙂 We also have a question regarding raising our son to be trilingual. I have read thru all the other cases, but […]

Q&A: How to maintain a family language once a bilingual child gets immersed in the majority language?

Q&A: How to maintain a family language once a bilingual child gets immersed in the majority language?

  Question Hello We are a family who lives in Catalonia, Spain, we speak to our 2-year-old son in French because before he was even born we already spoke in French since we met up in Switzerland, even though any of us is French, we feel totally confident with it. My worries are that my […]

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 are currently living in North America. […]

Q&A: How to introduce a family language to older trilingual children?

Q&A: How to introduce a family language to older trilingual children?

  Question Hi, We are a family of four living in Germany. Father is British, mum is Norwegian but moved to France at 16. Kids (girl 10 and boy 7) are in a French school, but are also thought German every day as a mother tongue. They are completely trilingual, French, English, German (spoken all […]

Q&A: Is it too late for a parent to start speaking a family language with a 2-year-old?

Q&A: Is it too late for a parent to start speaking a family language with a 2-year-old?

  Question Dear Coaches, I am Chinese and my husband is Dutch. We live in the Netherlands. My daughter is two years. Now she speaks Dutch but very little Chinese. In the beginning when she was born, I tried to speak Chinese to her, but when everyone around (parents-in-law, friends, husband) could not understand Chinese, […]

Q&A: How to make a reluctant 7-year-old interested in a family language?

Q&A: How to make a reluctant 7-year-old interested in a family language?

  Question Hello, I am a French mum who has been living in England for 20 years. During all these years, I hardly spoke French unless I was returning to France to see family on average once a year. I now have a 7-year-old daughter who has always refused to learn French. She has had […]

Q&A: How to pick the right language combination for a baby in a multilingual family?

Q&A: How to pick the right language combination for a baby in a multilingual family?

  Question Hello, I have a kind of complex situation when it comes to picking my child’s languages. I grew up in the USA with a family with Frisian/Dutch and Brazilian sides, but only used English growing up aside from infrequent exposures to Portuguese and Dutch. I began learning both languages on my own as […]