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Q&A: Who should speak what language when in a family with three languages to raise a trilingual child?

Q&A: Who should speak what language when in a family with three languages to raise a trilingual child?

  Question Hello, We’re a multilingual family living in France. My name is Teresa and I’m Spanish, my husband is French and our common language is English (we started our relationship in California). Now we can communicate in French and Spanish also but we usually speak English together. We have a one-year-old baby girl, I’m […]

Q&A: Should a bilingual family swap from OPOL to mL@H when moving to a new country?

Q&A: Should a bilingual family swap from OPOL to mL@H when moving to a new country?

  Question Hello, thank you so much for this website, it has been such a great resource and source of positive reassurance on our journey to raise bilingual children. I have a question regarding switching the language method in the family. My husband is American, so English native and is learning German. I am German […]

Q&A: Should an OPOL parent switch the language spoken with a child depending on who is present?

Q&A: Should an OPOL parent switch the language spoken with a child depending on who is present?

  Question Hi Family Language Coaches! I wanted to ask if, in an OPOL household, it would be detrimental if a parent spoke “the other parent’s language” to the child in certain public environments. I live in Germany and speak German natively (and English fluently). Both of my parents speak German natively, and limited English. […]

Q&A: Three languages and sign language – too much for a two-year old?

Q&A: Three languages and sign language – too much for a two-year old?

  Question Hello Looking for a suggestion for introducing my second languages to my toddler. My husband and I are native English speakers. I was a Spanish teacher for five years, so I speak it well, but I’m definitely missing lots of cultural background and seriously lacking in the nursery rhyme department. I opted to […]

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: Is it okay to have a third language as OPOL parents' common language?

Q&A: Is it okay to have a third language as OPOL parents’ common language?

  Question Hello, I would like to validate our family approach and maybe get some tips to improve on our current strategy. Our little one is 3 years old. We live in Austria and he is already in the kindergarten so picking up his German skills slowly but surely. My wife is Austrian so she […]

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 do OPOL as parents if you are used to mixing languages?

Q&A: How to do OPOL as parents if you are used to mixing languages?

  Question Hello My wife is Australian, I am Flemish (Dutch-speaking Belgium) and that is also where we live. We are expecting and want our child to be bilingual English-Dutch to pass on both of our cultural identities. Nowadays, since my wife’s Dutch has become very good, my wife and I speak a mixture of […]

Q&A: Choosing the school language for a bilingual child – one of the home languages or a third one?

Q&A: Choosing the school language for a bilingual child – one of the home languages or a third one?

  Question Hello, My daughter is two years old. We live in Beirut, Lebanon. Our community language is Arabic. Our schools provide education either in English or in French. Some schools teach both English and French languages equally. Since birth, my daughter was exposed to both English and Arabic. At first, I used to speak […]

Q&A: How to implement a combined OPOL + Time and Place family language strategy?

Q&A: How to implement a combined OPOL + Time and Place family language strategy?

Question Hello, I have a question regarding raising a trilingual child. I was raised bilingual by my German father and English mother. I grew up in Germany but have spent a substantial amount of time living in the UK also. My husband is French and we live in France with our 17-month-old daughter. I am […]