Tips for raising a bilingual child (from someone who’s done it)

So how do you raise a child to fluently speak two languages? That’s the topic of today’s podcast episode with my guest, quadrilingual Olivier Karfis.

Yes, quadringual. That’s four languages: French, Greek, Spanish, and English. And spoiler alert: he says English is the best for swearing 🙂

So, together with his French wife, Olivier has raised his 14-year-old daughter to be perfectly bilingual in English in French.

But what are the setbacks? How do you convince a kid that it’s not uncool to speak extra languages? And what are the benefits of having a backup langue?

We tackle all this and more in the episode: Listen below or go and find it on your phone and subscribe.

As for Olivier, he’s the husband of my regular guest Camille from French Today. You can get a further ten percent off their audiobooks if you visit via this link (meaning 30 percent off right now!)

If you like hearing language-related Earful Tower episodes, check this out: I’ve collected all Camille’s Earful appearances in one list, right here for your ears. Good luck – or should that be: courage!

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