A novel approach to examining your challenges

Our household constellations work independent of language, country, and age, which is what science has to focus on. Researchers need to make sure their study design is accurate and results can be repeated, which is crucial for a neutral analysis. We on the other want to make sure your life takes centre stage.

Everybody is unique and so everybody has to face their own set of challenges. What appears easy to one is difficult to another. Why is my friend arguing for mixing languages and it doesn’t seem to bother their children? The answer might depend on a different set of circumstances. Find out which one is yours and explore its many interpretations.

We all speak our language to our children “all the time”. But how much is it really? And how well does it fit with our expectations? Let’s find out.

Results will vary greatly depending on how strict you are with yourself: Do you count language-exclusive times? Then your numbers will be lower than if you include times at which other languages are spoken around your child too. Feel free to calculate both and have a look at their range.

Compare your child’s other languages’ exposure levels and find out how much more or less they hear of each. This difference might provide a crucial insight to your family’s life.

You could also want to look at the difference between weekday and weekend exposure levels and see how much impact one can have over the other, or check holidays versus home time too.

Unfortunately there is no magic number to predict a particular outcome. However, we believe that if you expect your child to reach an equal level in their languages, you should at least provide equal opportunities to those languages.

We discuss how to boost your efforts in our workshops. Make sure you follow us on social media @welivelanguages for more inspiration.

Ready? Set. Go!

Everything you need to know for starting a playgroup in your language in one place.

Our Playgroup Starterkit is a manual for setting up language-specific playgroups. It is based on real life experiences and includes lots of insights from managing a community to calculating financial risks and growing your membership base. Whether you're a veteran project manager or a newbie to the role this guide puts everything in one place so you don't have to invent the wheel anew. Get your copy now.

Including downloads for:

• Rules and Regulations Template

• Registration Form

• Sign-in Sheets

• Costs Calculation Spreadsheet

• Business Cards Template

• Poster Template

Keep learning

Whether you’re a beginner, a practicing parents, or a well-respected expert, there’s something for everyone to learn. Raising multilingual children touches on many subjects including but not limited to parenting, education, neuroscience, linguistics, and sociology. Here’s a quick overview to begin with.

For starters / 10min: Check Patricia Kuhl’s ted talk on the linguistic genius of babies and read Katherine Kinzler’s column in the New York Times.

Move on / 60min: Figure out where your challenges lie and chose your literature accordingly, ie check with Multilingualism Matters if they have a book on your particular household constellation. For personal accounts we obviously recommend to explore our stories.

Get involved / no limit: Should you wish to dive deeper The International Journal of Bilingualism offers you six peer-reviewed issues per year and is accessible to the general public ie through the British National Library. You can also speak to one of our language emissaries about what’s going on in your area in your language and join us in taking action.