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Learning or speaking more than one (native) language. See also the tags [language] and [language-development].

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I messed up and didn't teach my 4 year old much English, how do I start now?

Any ideas how I can teach my 4 yr old son English, even though I'm sure I've missed some vital window by not doing 1 parent 1 language? A little background: English is one of my native languages but ...
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When is it appropriate to stop "one parent, one language"?

Are there milestones that, once reached, might mean that we no longer have to do one-parent-one-language (OPOL) — that is, what's the point at which both parents can speak both languages to the child, ...
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How to introduce bilingualism without stress to toddler

Our daughter is now three. Her verbal skills are very good with English. We are attempting to introduce bilingualism in the household as we are bilingual. We were English only for certain reasons. We ...
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Teaching reading to a Bilingual 4.5yo

My daughter is 4.5 and is very interested in letters and numbers. She wants to learn to read. She's completely Bilingual. We do OPOL with English and Afrikaans, and she goes to an Afrikaans preschool....
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Introducing English to toddler later than planned. What's the right approach?

We're an already bilingual household, neither of which is English. Parents speak the primary language, and grandparents speak the secondary language (who visit frequently and babysit) Our son (21 ...
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Can I read the same topic to my toddler with two different languages from two different books at the same time?

I am not a native English speaker neither is the country I am living in. However, I want to introduce my toddler to English. Does reading the same topic for example “feelings” from different books one ...
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when to start reading books to a child and attempt teaching reading?

Our daughter is 11 months old and raised in a bilingual home. Our goal is to teach her to read in my native language first. To help with this, I bought fridge magnets in my language's alphabet, ...
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Should I speak German with my child given I am not a native speaker but C1 level?

The title says it all. I am not a native German speaker, but I have achieved C1 level (according to the Goethe Institut). I no longer live or work in Germany, and haven't visited for some time, ...
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Do I keep my daughter's Russian vocabulary small or not?

My husband is American, and I am Russian. We live in US in an area without a large Russian community. My relatives are in Russia. Our daughter is nine months old, and I have been speaking to her in ...
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Introduce third language not consistently

My wife and I expect our first child and are currently preparing everything for the arrival. We read some books and also were able to observe friends with their children. I speak fluently English (...
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Should I correct my daughter's pronunciation of ballet terms?

I'm a Hong Konger. I grew up in Montréal, Canada so I speak French, albeit with a perfect Québécois accent (which I'm proud of). I now live in Hong Kong. My daughter was born in Hong Kong and mostly ...
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Trying to figure out how to teach three languages to our soon to come twins?

My husband is Armenian and I am Mexican. My husband speaks a good amount of Spanish and we both speak English. I have 2 amazing stepchildren, 9yr old girl and 11yr old boy. They only speak English. We ...
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Will reading the same book in two languages confuse my daughter?

My husband and I are raising our two-year-old daughter in a bilingual home. I speak English, my husband speaks Afrikaans, and we speak each of our respective languages to our daughter. (We basically ...
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Communication, Wording, Elaboration, Language Expression

How can a parent that has a severe problem in communication, wording, elaboration and language expession without any problems with the languages in themselves communicate with their offspring so as to ...
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Functional illiteracy, Reading and Listening

How to stimulate one's own offspring to process/hearken to/understand what they read and what they hear in everyday life? What questions to ask so as to test their Cognitive Function and incoming ...
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Should we link words when we talk to our 2-3 year old children, For example: her eyes /həraɪz/?

Ok, Linking words is one of the main point in speaking English. For example, "her eyes" /hə-raɪz/ But I am worried that my 2-3 year old child may misidentify the correct pronunciation. For example, ...
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Can you raise your children bilingually when you only speak English (fluent but not near native) while your wife only speaks another language to them?

Say, you can speak English well or fluently but you are not a near native English speaker. You may occasionally (but not so often) struggle to express your idea in English. But you are good enough to ...
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Can I "read" from English books to my infant, but use words from my native language?

Background: We're an already bilingual household without English. We don't plan on introducing English at home, since our child will pick it up from daycare, school and other places outside the house. ...
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One parent one language: three-way conversations

We are planning to use One Parent, One Language to raise our child bilingually. Parent A uses German with Child, Parent B uses English with Child. Communication between Parent A and Parent B is in ...
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In which language to speak to third parties when following the OPOL approach?

I am a native english speaker settled in the Netherlands; I speak fluent (but not very grammatical) Dutch. I now have a granddaughter Rosie of two months and her mother (my step-daughter) has ...
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How to make a 20-month-old use a spoon to eat?

My 20-month-old son refuses to eat with a spoon. He started to use one and pretty well quite early, but now for a few months he refuses and gets upset when I try to encourage him. He will take the ...
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How to teach a child a third language you don't speak yourself fluently?

I speak English and Korean and my partner speaks English only. I am currently speaking to my 2-month-old daughter predominantly in Korean to promote her to be bilingual. However, I also want her to ...
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How best to help a language-delayed 3.5-year-old in a foreign language environment?

We are an English-speaking American family with 2 children, and have recently moved to Germany. The length of our stay is indefinite, and we've decided to try to integrate culturally and ...
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Sources to help you in teaching your kid your native language

I am posting this knowing the danger it may be closed. There are many helpful posts on this website covering multilingualism for children, e.g. this one. However, I want to educate myself in-depth on ...
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Raising a bilingual kid. When should we introduce the majority language?

We are a family living in an English speaking country with a 3-year-old. My wife and I speak both French and English and we are committed to raise our kid bilingual in both languages. So far our ...
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Teaching a child 2 languages that are not part of their environment

I've seen a few question regarding language, but none that fight my current situation. I live in Ukraine and my wife has a 2 year old child that almost exclusively heard Russian so far. I, on the ...
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How to encourage speech of minority language for bilingual child?

Note: I am going to use 3rd person plural pronouns (e.g. "they", "their") when referring to my child as I think gender is not important here. Situation: My wife and I are using the One-parent-one-...
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How to enrich my “everyday” vocabulary as an ESL parent in the U.S.? [closed]

How to quickly acquire the "everyday" English vocabulary needed to communicate with my preschool child? I am an immigrant IT professional who speaks fluent English, but who learned his English as an ...
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4 languages... are we going to overload our child?

My husband and I are native speakers of 2 different Languages. Lets say mine is A and his is B. We both can speak and understand the other language - with varying fluencies. He speaks my native ...
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Should I speak English with my toddler

My spouse has a plan! She wants me to speak English with my toddler, to give him an early advantage in English. We live in Israel and both of us speak Hebrew, this is our native language. While my ...
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Raising our daughter to be bilingual without one-parent-one-language

I've been through a lot of answers here on raising bilingual children, and the general consensus seems to be (1) each parent speaks their language to the child ('one parent - one language') and (2) ...
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Can I teach my 9-month-old child my native language if I only see her for a few minutes at a time?

I am the father of a 9-month-old girl. I am divorced and my ex-wife speaks only Hebrew with the baby while my mother language is Russian. I am also able to speak Hebrew. I see the baby for about 15-20 ...
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Can I learn another language alongside my 3 year old son?

Me and my wife come from Poland, but live in the UK. Our son was born here, and is with British child-minder since around 1. He'll be 3 this December. We speak both Polish and English to him, and ...
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Raising a bilingual kid. How to speak to my daughter in Spanish (my primary language) when also wanting to perfect my English?

I have an almost a year old daughter. My husbands only speaks English (although understands Spanish very well) and I speak Spanish (my native language) and English (which I learned mostly as an adult)....
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Teaching my son a language he doesn't want to learn

My stepson is a six-year-old native Japanese speaker. When my wife and I first met and as we started getting more serious in our relationship, we didn't put a whole lot of effort into attempting to ...
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One year in a foreign country with a three year old

We (2 parents, 1 child) are moving to Denmark for a little more than a year. Our child is around three and a half years old. We are all Finnish, and the adults speak good English, some Swedish and a ...
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My child stopped speaking mother-tongues, is this normal?

We have moved to another country when my child was 4. She was already bilingual, she speaks Dutch and German. Now she is going to an English school and she has stopped speaking either Dutch or German, ...
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How to help a 2-year-old settle in day care where a foreign language is spoken?

TL;DR Our son is starting daycare in a country where the language is (almost) completely alien to him. Can we do anything to help him settling in this new environment? (full story below) Original ...
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Monolingual parents encouraging language skills early

At risk of sounding like the over-pushy head mistress from Daddy Daycare.... My wife and I are both monolingual Brits, living Britain, with a four-month old daughter. It seems a shame to waste this ...
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Is it the wrong time for me to introduce a 2nd language to my toddler?

I'm half-German and 75% fluent (spoken but not written), my partner is English. Since birth we've been speaking to our (now 2.5 years old) toddler boy in English only, yet I am now regretting not ...
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ML@H + OPPL = confusion?

I speak Italian while my partner speaks Korean and we speak English between us. The community language is French. We were thinking to raise a tri-lingual child (0-years old now) with a 'One Person One ...
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Kids in multicultural, multi-generational household

My wife is Chinese and I am an American guy. We live in the US and have a 4.5 y/o and 18 m/o. My wife's parents, in very traditional Chinese fashion (I guess it's common among many Asian cultures), ...
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Raising polyglot children through television - a reliable method?

Doing some research on strategies for raising polyglot children, I stepped on this paper (not peer-reviewed) on academia.edu. Also available here. It suggests that through television it is possible ...
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9 years old starting at an international school but doesn't speak English

We are moving to Lavia soon and our 9 year old son will be going to an International School, but he doesn't speak English at all. He already speaks two languages (Italian and Portuguese). Do you think ...
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Raising a tri-lingual child

I can speak A, B and C, my wife B and C. We live in a B speaking country. We want our daughter to learn all 3 languages, so we've decided that : I speak to her in A my wife speaks to her in C My ...
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I need a Bi-lingual strategy for my 3yr old

I'm a native english-speaker. My wife is bi-lingual. She speaks only Spanish to our son, and only english with me. I made the mistake to choose to speak spanish to him only because it sounded '...
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Too many languages?

I am actually a language researcher, but when it comes to my own situation I have a hard time being objective and make some choices for my own family. My husband and I are expecting our first child, ...
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Moving to US with a 5 year old child

We are considering moving to US with our only 5 years old daughter. We are likely to get a L-kind of visa to secure our stay for 1-2 years. None of us is a native English speaker. Parents do speak ...
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3 languages family

My wife and I speak English together because I don't understand her language and she doesn't speak mine, although we are both fluent in English. We're having our first baby son soon and we were ...
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Expat child refuses to learn local language

We are a Spanish family who has recently relocated to England with our children. Our 6 year old boy can't speak nor understand English; he knows some words, basic phrases and a few numbers, but that ...
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