minority language

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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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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How to convince a 3-year-old to answer in the minority language? – Parents Article

  Hello I’m British, living in France for the past 13 years. I speak French to my French husband, and we have two girls, a 3-year-old and a new-born. Our 3-year-old was a late speaker (first words at 17 months) and I am the only person who speaks English to her regularly. I am terrified she is going to become or is becoming, a passive bilingual. She understands everything I say to her, but always replies in French. I always…

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