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Q&A: Is a dual-language school a good choice for a bilingual child to become trilingual?

Q&A: Is a dual-language school a good choice for a bilingual child to become trilingual?

  Question Hello! My wife and I are native Russian speakers living in the United States. Our son is turning five in a few months and will start school. Our home language is 100% Russian. Our son speaks Russian at or slightly below the level of his peers in Russia and can interact with English […]

How is a baby’s language development impacted by a nanny’s language and accent?

How is a baby’s language development impacted by a nanny’s language and accent?

  Question Hello We are a Greek family living in Lausanne, Switzerland. We speak Greek at home and French at work. When my wife will return to work after her maternity leave, our daughter will be 8 months old. We plan to hire a full-time nanny until our daughter will be 18-20 months old and […]

Q&A: Does a parent “mess up” a 2-year-old’s language development by speaking a non-native language?

Q&A: Does a parent “mess up” a 2-year-old’s language development by speaking a non-native language?

  Question Hello My daughter and son-in-law have four daughters ages 8, 6, 4 and almost 2. “Dad” knows some Italian having lived in Italy a couple of years. He thinks he should have been bilingual with the first three daughters. He speaks only Italian to the fourth daughter and English to everyone else who […]

Q&A: Bilingual 3-year-old does not speak - what to do?

Q&A: Bilingual 3-year-old does not speak – what to do?

  Question Dear Coaches, I’m a Chinese mum and our family lives in China. I majored in TESOL and was obsessed in bilingualism. So my hubby and I always talk to my daughter in English and the others talk to her in Chinese. Now she’s 3 and she cannot talk, at all. She can understand […]

“Does my bilingual child have a language delay?”

“Does my bilingual child have a language delay?”

Amongst the most frequently expressed worries in different forums for parents raising bilingual children are concerns about potential delays in language development. Several research studies have found that bilingualism does not cause language delay (read more in e.g Dual Languages Development and Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning by Paradis, Genesee & […]

Q&A: Are bilingual siblings similar in their language development?

Q&A: Are bilingual siblings similar in their language development?

  Question Hello! We moved as an English speaking family to Spain when my daughter was one, at the time none of us could speak Spanish and it was pretty hard. We naturally spoke English in the house and we still do. My daughter did not speak in sentences until she was about four, apart […]

Q&A: What are the milestones of normal language development for a bilingual 2-year-old?

Q&A: What are the milestones of normal language development for a bilingual 2-year-old?

Question Hi, Before I ask for your advice, let me introduce my family and our languages to you. We are a Dutch (mum) – English (dad) family currently living in The Netherlands. We have a 5-year-old daughter and a 22-month-old son. We use an adapted version of OPOL with our children. I speak Dutch to […]

Q&A: Does it matter which language the nanny of an infant speaks?

Q&A: Does it matter which language the nanny of an infant speaks?

Question Hello! I would very much appreciate your advice on the following situation in our family. My husband and I live in England with our 1-month old son. My mother tongue is Polish, and my husband’s is French. Since our baby’s birth we have been following the OPOL strategy, but now we are planning to […]

Early Bilingual Language Development: Facts and Fictions [guest post]

Early Bilingual Language Development: Facts and Fictions [guest post]

I am delighted to introduce you to today’s guest blogger, Dr. Mary-Pat O’Malley-Keighran. She is a lecturer, author, researcher, speech and language therapist, and lover of all things to do with speech, language, and communication. She has over 20 years’ experience of working with families and 14 years of teaching speech and language students. In her […]

Q&A: My 5-year-old is struggling in all his three languages – what to do?

Q&A: My 5-year-old is struggling in all his three languages – what to do?

Question Hello, I recently found your blog while searching for information about multilingual children. Here’s my story in short: I’m a Romanian married to a Belgian man. Our two kids were born in Romania, where my man lived 12 years. As he learned Romanian himself and never thought he would move back to Belgium, he […]