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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 […]

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: What are the implications of switching the language you speak with your baby?

Q&A: What are the implications of switching the language you speak with your baby?

  Question Dear Language Coaches, Can you please give any advice on my family’s language situation? My wife is fluent in both English and Afrikaans, with HL (home language) Afrikaans. My HL is English and my Afrikaans is good enough for us to successfully communicate but I still make quite a lot of mistakes, so […]

Q&A: How to introduce a second minority language to a child?

Q&A: How to introduce a second minority language to a child?

  Question Hello, I have been reading your website with interest and hope you can help me in introducing French to my two-year old son. I am half English and half French and fluent in both languages, although my dominant language is English. My husband is Iraqi and fluent in both English and Arabic. I […]