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Use of language in general, and about learning foreign languages. See also the tags [language-development] and [bilingual].

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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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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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My 3 year old son sounds incredibly racist, how to handle this?

My 3yo got a book about monkeys for Christmas and he's been all about monkeys for a couple weeks. Like all kids this age, he talks a lot, and has a wild imagination, but we live in a cosmopolitan city,...
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Should we raise our child as trilingual or quadrilingual?

Let me provide you first with some context. My partner and I live in the Netherlands. I am Italian and he is Spanish, and we both speak fluent English (the second language for both and the language we ...
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How can I add English to an already bilingual household?

In this recent question, Matej raises his son English bilingual. I think teaching English very early is a great idea because there's hardly any way around English anyway so you might as well learn it ...
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Daughter not learning Spanish, not interested

My daughter was born in Spain, and my wife is Spanish (I'm a native English speaker). At my wife's insistence, we only speak English at home. Now, my daughter has been through 3 years of early infant ...
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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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How can I make learning English fun for a teenager?

While my 14 years old sister goes to school, the courses doesn't help her much to learn English. They are mainly focused on reading and at the end of day, the students really have trouble in writing, ...
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What are some strategies for raising a bilingual child?

We are planning on raising our child bi-lingual. The plan is for my husband to only speak English to her and I would only speak Tagalog (a dialect of the Philippines). I have asked my parents to also ...
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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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What language should I use to talk to my baby?

I know two languages: My 'mother tongue' and English. I used to speak my mother tongue until I moved to an English-speaking country at the age of 8. Consequently, my mother tongue is at the level of ...
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How can I convince my child to write?

Recently my child(3.5 Years old) has joined a pre-school class. A couple of months passed and he participated in all types of activities and events. He has also learned oral words. Sometimes feel he ...
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How to encourage a child to learn a distant language and culture?

I want to motivate a child of High school age to learn a new language from far away like Japanese and learn about other cultures and civilisations like - Zen and ancient Japanese culture, for example. ...
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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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Does anyone recognize where the phrase "Dinosaur on the button" comes from?

Our 3.5-year-old son has picked up a catchphrase/joke punchline from somewhere... but we can't figure out where it came from, his teachers can't figure it out, his daycare teachers can't figure it out,...
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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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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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How to help a 1-year-old learn words and phrases of a foreign language?

Several months ago we started watching English video lessons on YouTube. My 1-year-old son was trying to push keys on the keyboard, not concentrating his attention on the video. I'd like to save in ...
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Toddler made "incorrect" animal identification that is actually correct. Better to correct her or not?

My niece is a year and a half old. I was reading a book on animals with her recently and helping her learn the names of the animals in it. I noticed that she identified the picture of a lion as a "...
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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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English present for a non-English child?

I would like to gift a Disney-themed item to a Dutch child (Turning 3 in May). However, I'm buying this present in the USA, so everything will be in English. Should I stay away from English-speaking ...
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My child witnessed a toddler being taught to cuss by older kids. How to deal with rude language at social gatherings?

I took my 9 year old son to a little social gathering with some kids from different sporting activities. Some of the families attending this gathering come from a very "rough" background. One of the ...
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Helping a child who's still developing language skills to understand she's being given a chance to make a decision

I'm asking about interacting with my 1.5 year old goddaughter. I'll start off by saying I believe it's good for kids to make decisions and feel empowered to do so when possible. I want to give a kid ...
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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 stop teaching my toddler a second language if his exposure to it will be limited?

I have stared to talk exclusively in English to my son when he was less than 6 months old. However, we have decided not to move to an English speaking country, so I ended up practically alone. It's ...
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Which language should we speak to our child if we have different mother languages?

Me and my husband have different mother languages. We are having a baby. Which language should we speak to baby, mine or my husband? We are living in my husband country not my country.
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Why do parents refer to themselves in the third person?

Can anyone explain to me the reason why parents tend to refer to themselves in the third person, when talking to their young children? E.g.: "Hold Daddy's hand while we cross the road" as opposed ...
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Is it okay to send 5 year old to grandparents in foreign country that don't speak her language for 2 months?

My daughter-in-law wants to send my 5 year old (5 at the end of March) granddaughter to Russia for 2 months in the summer to visit her parents. The daughter-in-law's parents do not speak any English ...
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What is a good age to start teaching a child Ancient Latin and Greek?

I've read a lot on here about children and languages, but they all have to do with spoken language. I am not fluent in any spoken language, but I have taken extensive coursework in Classical Latin and ...
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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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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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How can parents bring up children with multiple languages at the same time?

Have you been bringing up your children with multiple languages at the same time since childhood? What is your result? This means your family has the foreign environment to often communicate each ...
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How to get my sister to use correct spelling while typing on computer?

I am sure that I am treading on eggshells here as this is a matter of opinion, but please do read on. I absolutely resent when people use incorrect spelling for 90% of their words, on purpose. My ...
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What if my kids don't want me to speak my native language?

My children are raised multilingual; we live in Austria and they learn all their German from my wife and from the world around us. I'm Danish and I want my kids to know that language too, so since ...
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Getting out of rewards for what kid does

My 6-year old, 1st grade son started taking some language classes past August. This is a language we speak about 50% of the time home. These classes are pretty tough, teach reading, writing and ...
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How do my wife and I stop our son from learning to swear from us?

My wife and I both tend to have... colorful language (for me it tends to be far worse when driving). Our son just turned one, and is starting to become more verbal. He's not quite at the point where ...
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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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Language learning app for a toddler [closed]

I'm interested in suggestions for a decent language learning app suitable for a toddler (almost 3 years old) that is not dumbed down with cartoon animations or so advanced that it deals with text. ...
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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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How to Handle Multi-Language Situation

What is the best strategy for a multi-lingual couple to instill both the father's and mother's native languages to the child in a most "natural" and efficient way? My wife and I have been speaking ...
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Answering questions about why words are pronounced/spelled as they are

This question is based on English, but many other languages might have equivalent issues (if, perhaps, less frequent). My almost-five year old is learning to read (has learnt, really), and is a very ...
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Is my child autistic?

My son speaks 8 languages and is learning 5 more. He is not even yet able to interact socially with strangers and he switches languages whenever he feels uncomfortable, which is often. He also ...
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If schools teach phonics correctly?

My 5 yr old daughter is learning to read using phonics at school, where I did not learn that way. Her school enforces the use of phonics not just in English lessons, but in all subjects (like ...
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Cartoons in a language that neither parent speaks?

I have a nephew who is taught both English and Kartuli in school, and speaks both well. He also speaks pretty good Russian, but has no formal education and does not speak much to his family in the ...
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Should I be worried my daughter is in a bilingual kindergarten class?

Today was "Meet the Teacher" and my 5 year old daughter has been placed in a bilingual kindergarten class. My husband speaks Spanish and I speak English. I was happy, but then I started asking ...
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At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words which have different meanings but sound same?

At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words like C, See, Eight, Ate, and Eat? When I speak English, I find that my pronunciation is same for all the similar ...
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From what age should I require the child to speak the foreign language which I want her to learn?

Considering: Should I make my child respond to me in my language? and Enforcing minority languages at home The child is currently 2 years 4 months old. I speak to her in foreign language X. Other ...
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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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What language should I speak to my daughter?

I am a Greek, born, living and working in France, married to an Albanian woman, working all day in English. I have a 2,5 year old daughter, who lived from: September 2014 to April 2015 and February ...