How to start speaking your native language with a 2-year-old to make her trilingual? – Parents Article

Question Hello Me and my husband: I was born and raised in Latvia (Latvian native language), and my husband was born and raised in Italy (Italian language). We both learned English in school, and we communicate in English between us. We live in Italy. We would love our daughter to speak Latvian, Italian and English. Our daughter: is 2.5 years old. I am a stay-at-home mom, and she spends most of her time with me. We communicate in English. My…

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How can one parent pass on two languages? – Parents Article

Question Hello, My question is the following. I speak English, my husband speaks Russian, Hebrew and English. We would like to be able to give our daughter as many languages as possible. Is there a best way for one partner to teach two languages to the baby? (Also, my husband travels a lot, so at least from when she is one, he will be away for stretches of time during the year.) Russian is the most important to us because…

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three in the family and a fourth in nursery – would it work? – Parents Article

  Question Hi, I have a 5-month-old boy to whom I speak Swedish (my mother tongue). We live in Scotland and my husband speaks English to him. We can sort out this bilingual equation, as I consistently speak Swedish to him and sing/read/listen to music and will mostly watch TV programmes in Swedish, and travel to Finland, where he will be exposed to Swedish (and Finnish, my other home language). What I do not know is how to include Finnish…

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How to maintain two family languages for a trilingual child in an English-speaking environment? – Parents Article

  Question Hello, I am a Spanish-speaker, my husband is a German-speaker and we live in England. Our three-year-old speaks very fluently both Spanish and German. She is remarkably good in both; I would say at least as good as children being raised with just one language. Her English is getting better but much more slowly and less fluent, since she doesn’t watch television (we don’t own one). She sometimes watches Netflix, and only things in both Spanish and German.…

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How to help a school-aged child with grammar? – Parents Article

  Question Dear Family Language Coaches, We are a bilingual family living in Germany near the Dutch border. I speak my native German with the kids and my husband his mother tongue Dutch. Our two eldest kids both went to German kindergarten until they were four and are now attending primary school in the Netherlands. Dutch is the majority language at home because the kids use it with each other and most of our and the kids’ friends are Dutch.…

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Choosing the home and daycare languages for a baby in a trilingual environment – Parents Article

  Question Hello, and thank you for all the useful info on this website. My question is on how to approach raising a baby in a foreign country, exposing him to three languages, and if talking to him in my non-native language or not. I found many relevant discussions already, but none addressing our specific case. Both me and my wife are native Italian speakers. We just moved with our 3-month-old baby to Amsterdam, where Dutch is the local language,…

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Four languages for a one-year-old – how to go about it? – Parents Article

  Question Hi, I really would like to get an answer from you about our particular family language situation – four languages 🙂 I am Lithuanian, my husband is Italian, we communicate with each other in English and we live in Norway. We both speak Norwegian at our jobs, but at home we prefer to use English with each other. We are raising an 11-month-old daughter. Till now she has heard 90% of time Lithuanian and 10% Italian (my husband…

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How to choose the right trilingual family language strategy? – Parents Article

  Question Hi Family Language Coaches, Thanks for sharing so many useful tips and resources – I just discovered your website’s Q&A section and I really love it! I have a question about raising a trilingual child. I was raised bilingual (English and Italian) and grew up in Italy and the US. I was very lucky in this sense, because I did get enough exposure to both languages besides just hearing them from my parents. My husband is Dutch but…

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Do bilingual parents have to choose one of their languages to speak with a child? – Parents Article

  Question Hi, I am Wadha from Kuwait. My partner and I live in Kuwait (Arabic is used in the community) and are bilingual parents: Arabic native speakers, but we both speak English as a second language. We have a two-month-old child and are planning to send her to an English international school where all subjects are taught in English, but Arabic language classes are given too. She will learn math, science, English, art, P.E, all in English but will…

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Language elitism and how to address it – Multilingual Parenting – Parents Article

Question Hello, I’m a Russian mother living in the U.S with my two sons, ages 13 and 9. I may be an odd one out compared to other parents in regard to languages. My husband and I speak a mix of Russian and English, and though my boys understand Russian, they prefer to speak in English. I am personally fine with this and don’t feel this pressure to force them to speak in Russian (but I’m very happy to help…

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