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Q&A: How to convince a reluctant parent to speak a minority language with a child?

Q&A: How to convince a reluctant parent to speak a minority language with a child?

  Question Hello! As every parent would like to provide best future for their children I have started to wonder about language routine for our baby girl that is due in a month. I would like to get any advice how to introduce the language that is very important to a family and I feel […]

7 tips for parents: How to remember to speak the minority language

7 tips for parents: How to remember to speak the minority language

7 tips for parents: How to remember to speak the minority language   “I want to speak my language with the kids but keep forgetting. Can you help me?”  This was one of the questions during the first ever Multilingual Parenting Facebook LIVE Q&A session (you can join the Multilingual Parenting Facebook group to listen […]

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 live in. This is not the case […]

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: Literacy: how to teach reading and writing when exposure time is limited?

Q&A: Literacy: how to teach reading and writing when exposure time is limited?

  Question Good day, I am a German native living in South Africa. My husband is South African and speaks to my 3-year-old son English and the local language isiSetswana. I solely speak German to him. Since he goes to an English creche, English is his main language. He started speaking quite late due to […]

Q&A: How can a small bilingual child learn two additional languages?

Q&A: How can a small bilingual child learn two additional languages?

  Question Dear Coaches, I would greatly appreciate your advice regarding raising a multilingual son in the following language environment: I would like my son to speak English, Hungarian, German and Spanish. We live in the US, my husband is American and only speaks English. I am Hungarian and speak Hungarian, English and German at […]

Q&A: How to balance the exposure to two minority languages for a trilingual (-to-be) child?

Q&A: How to balance the exposure to two minority languages for a trilingual (-to-be) child?

  Question Hello, I have been reading a lot on your website and have found a lot of interesting stories and insights! I am Franco-Chinese with French and Chinese as my mother tongues, my partner is British and we live in London. I am pregnant and I am keen to make sure that my children […]

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: English-only or dual-language school for a trilingual child?

Q&A: English-only or dual-language school for a trilingual child?

  Question Hello, We have two pre-schoolers (4 and 1.5 years old respectively) who are growing up as trilinguals. I am Korean, and my husband is Persian. We are also fortunate that we live with our mother-in-law who speaks only Farsi and helps raise our children at home. We have maintained OPOL policy and my […]