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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 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 motivate a school-aged child to speak the family's minority language?

Q&A: How to motivate a school-aged child to speak the family’s minority language?

  Question Hi, I have an 8-year-old son who had speech problems when he was little. He did not really start talking until maybe two. I was forced to choose a language for his speech therapy classes, I chose English. My problem now is that he understands Spanish but does not speak it at all. […]

Q&A: When to teach literacy in the minority language and how to support a bilingual child with a new language?

Q&A: When to teach literacy in the minority language and how to support a bilingual child with a new language?

  Question Hi, My son is 3.5 years old. We are from South America (Colombia and Chile) so the language at home is Spanish. My son was born in Australia. He never attended child care there, so he was not exposed too much to English. Ten months ago, we moved to Malaysia. My son is […]

Q&A: How to maximise the family minority language exposure?

Q&A: How to maximise the family minority language exposure?

    Question   Hello I’d be so grateful for your advice. I am bilingual French-English. My husband speaks French, English, German and Swiss German. We started off living in French speaking Switzerland so I started speaking English at home to our then new-born. When the time came he went to pre-Kindergarten in French. When […]

10 ways to motivate your bilingual baby and toddler to speak

10 ways to motivate your bilingual baby and toddler to speak

  Starting early, getting into the habit and staying positive are some of the vital components for getting your bilingual baby or toddler to speak a minority language. This is a short video based on the first part of the post 40 ways to motivate bilingual children to speak the minority language.

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: Questions about raising a trilingual child and balancing the exposure to three languages

Q&A: Questions about raising a trilingual child and balancing the exposure to three languages

Question Dear Rita, first of all, I’m VERY happy I’ve stumbled across this website! It’s really interesting to read other parents’ stories and your replies, and great to see so many people are in similar situations. This is our trilingual situation: My wife is Iranian, I am German, but I grew up speaking German and […]

Q&A: How to pass on two minority languages in a multilingual environment?

Q&A: How to pass on two minority languages in a multilingual environment?

Question Hello, My name is Maria, I am Italian and together with my Libyan husband we have a 10-month-old son. Together we live in Malta, where our son was born. Our common language is English, since I do not understand Arabic and my husband doesn’t understand Italian. In Malta, English is an official language besides […]