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Q&A: How to choose a child’s school and parents’ common language in a family on the move?

Q&A: How to choose a child’s school and parents’ common language in a family on the move?

  Question Hello! I am currently pregnant with my first child (boy) and due to give birth in two months. I come from Pakistan and my husband is German. My mother tongue is Urdu whilst my husband’s is German. English is the common language at home with my husband and also the community language as […]

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 many languages can/should parents introduce to a baby?

Q&A: How many languages can/should parents introduce to a baby?

  Question Hello My wife and I are expecting and starting to think about how many languages we want teach our kids. Basically, our question boils down to, is it unrealistic to try for Bulgarian, English, Spanish, & Mandarin fluency, or should we just try for Bulgarian/English/Spanish? Our circumstances are as follows: 1. We live […]

Q&A: Should parents expose a trilingual-to-be baby to all languages from the start?

Q&A: Should parents expose a trilingual-to-be baby to all languages from the start?

  Question Hello! My husband and I are expecting our first child, a boy, in June. My husband is Scottish, I am German and we live in rural Japan working at an international university. We only moved here last year and cannot really speak Japanese, although we have started to learn it (I speak a […]

Q&A: How to pass on and maintain three languages in a family facing a possible move?

Q&A: How to pass on and maintain three languages in a family facing a possible move?

  Question Hello! I have a question about raising a trilingual child and I need some guidance on that! My name is Daniela. My first language is Brazilian Portuguese. My Indian husband is a Hindi-speaker. We live in the United States where I am a PhD student. We have a 7-month-old boy we want to […]

Q&A: Changing the language parents speak with a 1-year-old – is it too late and how to do it?

Q&A: Changing the language parents speak with a 1-year-old – is it too late and how to do it?

  Question Hi there, I would like to ask for your advice. My husband is Portuguese and I am Hungarian and we live in England. Our daughter is almost one year old, and we mostly speak to her in English. She does hear conversations in both other languages, when we speak to families or friends but […]

Q&A: Big sister’s concerns about the language choices for her little sister

Q&A: Big sister’s concerns about the language choices for her little sister

  Question Hey there! I am not a parent, just an older sister whose parents are struggling with handling this whole bi-/tri-/quadri-lingual situation. All they ever say is “don’t forget Chinese”, and it seems like they’re dismissing some other important concerns here, for the whole family. My little sister is turning 6 this year, and […]

Q&A: What to do when a multilingual child struggles when starting an immersion program?

Q&A: What to do when a multilingual child struggles when starting an immersion program?

  Question Hello! Question about 4th language. I am wondering if we made the right decision in sending our 6-year-old into an immersion program where she is introduced into her fourth language. We live in Canada in an English-speaking province within close proximity to the French speaking province so French is prevalent and often a […]

Q&A: How to introduce a family language to older trilingual children?

Q&A: How to introduce a family language to older trilingual children?

  Question Hi, We are a family of four living in Germany. Father is British, mum is Norwegian but moved to France at 16. Kids (girl 10 and boy 7) are in a French school, but are also thought German every day as a mother tongue. They are completely trilingual, French, English, German (spoken all […]

Q&A: When and how to introduce a third language to a bilingual child?

Q&A: When and how to introduce a third language to a bilingual child?

  Question Hi, This website has helped me so much, it’s wonderful! We are a bilingual family and live in the US. I only speak Spanish to my 15 months old and my husband English most of the time (he is American, I’m Latina). Both my husband and I work full time, we have an […]