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Q&A: About choosing the language for day care, stuttering and mixing languages

Q&A: About choosing the language for day care, stuttering and mixing languages

    Question Hello, I am Macedonian living in Finland and my spouse is Finnish. I speak quite good English but at home we speak Finnish almost all the time. We have 2,5 months old baby for whose future I’d like her to speak Macedonian and Finnish and to learn English as well. I am […]

Q&A: How to ensure that a trilingual (-to-be) child also picks up parents’ common language?

Q&A: How to ensure that a trilingual (-to-be) child also picks up parents’ common language?

Question Hi, I have been doing a bit of reading on raising trilingual children, as my husband and I are expecting our first child in January. It seems that in most cases the parents have two individual native languages, and the third being that of the country they live in. This is not the case […]

Q&A: Three family languages – how to pass them all on? What about adding others?

Q&A: Three family languages – how to pass them all on? What about adding others?

  Question Hello! I have a 4-month-old baby boy. I will stay at home with him the first year with a possibility of a few more depending on daycare availability. We live in Quebec, Canada. My native language is Spanish. I’m fluent in English, French, have a basic knowledge of ASL, Portuguese and Italian. His […]

Q&A: Literacy: how to teach reading and writing when exposure time is limited?

Q&A: Literacy: how to teach reading and writing when exposure time is limited?

  Question Good day, I am a German native living in South Africa. My husband is South African and speaks to my 3-year-old son English and the local language isiSetswana. I solely speak German to him. Since he goes to an English creche, English is his main language. He started speaking quite late due to […]

Q&A: How can a small bilingual child learn two additional languages?

Q&A: How can a small bilingual child learn two additional languages?

  Question Dear Coaches, I would greatly appreciate your advice regarding raising a multilingual son in the following language environment: I would like my son to speak English, Hungarian, German and Spanish. We live in the US, my husband is American and only speaks English. I am Hungarian and speak Hungarian, English and German at […]

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 choose the family language strategy for passing on three languages?

Q&A: How to choose the family language strategy for passing on three languages?

  Question Dear Rita and all Family Language Coaches, First of all congratulations and many thanks for your website, such a great resource! Like many of your visitors me and my husband have diverse international backgrounds and are currently considering the best language constellation for when our son is born later this year. My husband […]

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 […]