minority language at home

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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Should parents of bilingual children not speak the majority language at all? – Parents Article

  Question Hello! We are Americans living in Kuopio, Finland (for over 10 years). We have a daughter who is almost 19 months and goes to Finnish päiväkoti (=kindergarten). I was told by the neuvola doctor (paediatrician) to not mix languages and only speak English. We are not fluent (sadly!) anyway, but I am confused why we can’t encourage her speaking the majority languge, Finnish, at home. We understand a lot and I want her to feel comfortable communicating any…

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