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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: What to do when a bilingual school-aged child’s minority language is the stronger one?

Q&A: What to do when a bilingual school-aged child’s minority language is the stronger one?

  Question Hello, I wonder if you have any recommendations. My daughter is seven and has lived in Italy since she was 8 months old, however she didn’t start going to school till she was 5. At home I (mom) speak to her in English only and everyone else (including dad) speaks to her in […]

Q&A: How to help a bilingual child with the majority language when using mL@H?

Q&A: How to help a bilingual child with the majority language when using mL@H?

Question Dear Coaches Thank you for the opportunity to ask a question! My name is Irina, I am Russian stay-at-home mum and I live in London with my English husband and our 6-year-old son. My husband knows Russian well, so we have chosen to speak Russian at home to give our son the best possible […]

12 discouraging comments about raising a bilingual child – and how to reply

12 discouraging comments about raising a bilingual child – and how to reply

As parents of bilingual children, many of us have been there: finding ourselves in a situation where others give us advise on what is best for our children when it comes to their languages, and how we should behave as a family. Sometimes we get brilliant ideas on how to succeed, but this is unfortunately […]

Q&A: When should parents in a mL@H family switch to the majority language?

Q&A: When should parents in a mL@H family switch to the majority language?

Question Dear Rita, I’m raising two children in the United States where they will learn English naturally from their surroundings but I speak to them in Greek about 90-95% of the time and my husband also speaks to them in Greek but more of a mix of the two languages. My first question is about […]

Q&A: How can one parent support the majority language while maintaining the minority one?

Q&A: How can one parent support the majority language while maintaining the minority one?

Question Hello! My name is Monique. I’m from the Netherlands originally and living in Australia with two children and my partner who is Australian. At the moment I’m a little lost as to what is the right bilingual system in particular with our youngest boy. He does not get a lot of communication at all […]

Q&A: Should a minority language parent also help a toddler with the majority language?

Q&A: Should a minority language parent also help a toddler with the majority language?

Question Hello! Me, my husband and our 11-month-old son (and another baby coming very soon) are living in Australia. My husband is Australian and talks English to our son and I am Norwegian and talk Norwegian to our son. I have some questions that I would like to get some help assessing now in the […]

Bilingual children: one language at a time, or both at once?

Bilingual children: one language at a time, or both at once?

When more than one language is spoken in a family, parents in face the choice of whether their child should learn both (or all) languages in parallel or if they should let the child’s skills in one language become established before starting to learn the second (and possibly a further) language. Sequential or simultaneous bilingualism The […]

Q&A: How to adjust the family language strategy when a trilingual child's majority language changes?

Q&A: How to adjust the family language strategy when a trilingual child’s majority language changes?

Question Hello, I am Mari, I am Italian and I live in Finland with my Finnish husband and our 10 months old daughter. My husband and I met in the UK where we lived for about 10 years until we moved to Finland 2 years ago. We have been always communicating in English and although […]

Raising a bilingual child: alternatives to pretending not to understand

Raising a bilingual child: alternatives to pretending not to understand

What to do when your bilingual child avoids using the minority language and speaks to you in the majority language instead? I am all for keeping the communication going with your little one, no matter what, so you will not be surprised to hear that I do not recommend pretending to not understand what your […]