Bilingual Fluency online course is now open

Fancy a course that brings happiness to parent-child chats in the minority language?


Do you live abroad and have a child who does not enjoy speaking your language with you? You just landed in the right place.

Bilingual Fluency is a new online course that brings happiness into speaking your native language with your bilingual child. 

The course teaches you the 20x20 seconds method of Bilingual Speech Activation.

The method was developed by Soile Pietikainen, a sociologist of family specialised in bilingual family interaction.

It takes your child to two fluent languages in 4-6 months, even if your child only says a few words in your language at the moment. 

The method was previously only available through private family consultancy, but now it has been published as an online course.

The course is designed to help bilingual children aged 2-8 who need help with speaking their parent's native language.

The method works for any language. The course is in English. 

Welcome to easier bilingual parenting with the 20x20 seconds method of Bilingual Speech Activation. 

If you know you need this, maybe ask about it straight away by emailing soile [ at ] 


Who ever said bilingual parenting was easy? Well, lot of people actually! 

Most of us start bilingual parenting thinking that it should be fairly straightforward. We have heard that if we speak our language to our child while we live abroad, our child will grow up with two native languages - just like that! 

Then it turns out to be anything but easy. 

I was really lucky to discover years before having my first child just how hard bilingual parenting can be. I felt a burning need to understand why it was so hard for so many bilingual families, and how I could help my own future children to grow up happily with three native-like languages. Because our family is trilingual in Finnish, Italian and English. 

By the time my children were in late primary school I had a solid understanding of how our family was creating the Harmonious Bilingual Development that we were enjoying. But how could I to help others? I knew that personal experience makes nobody an expert. And there were no previous studies on what really happens in bilingual family interaction after the age of 5 or on how one might recover lost languages. 

As a social science research methodologist, in my mind there was only thing for it: a new ethnographic study of bilingual family life, designed to find out why a small minority of bilingual families is far more successfull than all the others. If I could find out what the exceptional success stories really depend on, I could teach the winning formula to other parents. Suddenly bilingual parenting could become easier to hundreds of families. 

In 2008 I won a research grant from the Kone Foundation for on 4-year study with London-born bilingual children aged 5-15, and their parents, to discover how they really use languages at home. I used interaction sociology to understand the hidden processes in everyday talk that lead to minority languages either thriving or fading during children's school years.

The study broke many core beliefs about bilingualism that I had learned from reading academic research for the previous 12 years. The discoveries changed my life. 

It became my mission to help bilingual families when things had already gone wrong. In 2011 I began working with families to activate bilingual children's fading languages. Working to help my wonderful family clients, I gradually refined the 20x20 seconds method of Bilingual Speech Activation. 

I saw just how effective the new method was in revitalising children's bilingualism. We could bring happiness back to bilingualism even when families had struggled for years and when they had almost given up bilingual parenting forever.

There had to be a way to share this help with more families. That is why I created the Bilingual Fluency online course. 

In this video I tell about turning the Bilingual Speech Activation knowledge into an online course.


The secret of making bilingual parenting easy is learning parenting skills that achieve fast language development in a short period of time.

I know this from experience. Back in the day when I was a young parent, all my academic knowledge did not make me immune to the problems of bilingual parenting. When my daughter was 3-years-old she stopped speaking Finnish to me.

This is me telling the story of how I reactivated my daughter's Finnish language in a matter weeks by using sociology. That was the crucial turning point in my own bilingual parenting story and later that experience became the seed from which the 20x20 seconds method of Bilingual Speech Activation grew. 



In the Bilingual Fluency course you learn how to have great conversations with your child in your language, without any insisting, nagging or conflict about language. 

This course is suitable for you if:

1) your child currently seems to understand you, but does not speak your language.

2) your child is asking you to stop speaking your language to them.  

3) your child previously spoke your language, but has now stopped, for example after starting pre-school.

4) your child could speak your language, but they only do if you remind them. Often you just give up. 


The Bilingual Fluency online course teaches you how to achieve bilingual fluency for your child by using less time in a smarter way. 

For example you will learn:

  • when to let your child mix languages and when to focus on one language rigorously.

  • a clear strategy to get your child to switch to your language whenever you need them to.


The crucial actions a parent needs to perform only take less than 7 minutes per day. To be more precise, it takes...

20x20 seconds

Yes. You only need to focus on doing exactly the right thing for 20x20 seconds every day to lift your child to fluent bilingualism.

You don't even have to speak your language to your child all the time.

These methods are so effective that overdoing it will only stress your child out.

After learning the 20x20 method both of you will have so much more time to just relax and enjoy your life together. 

In this video I explain where the 20x20 seconds method came from and what it is.



Bilingual parenting is easy when it works. 

Such a promise may seem utopian when you have tried everything you can think of, to no avail. Maybe you have received advice like this:

"Always speak your language to your child"

Always? How am I supposed to do that?

"Keep speaking your language to your child."

What? Even if they don't understand?

"Show videos, take to playgroups, sing songs, read books, hire nannies, travel often..."

Help!!! I haven't got the money! I haven't got the time! I can't keep up!

Thankfully - you don't have to.


What will I learn in the Bilingual Fluency course?

  • ​Week 1: Learn to understand your family

  • Week 2: Learn to understand your communication style 

  • Week 3: Learn to activate your child's speech in your language

  • Week 4: Learn to lift your child's bilingualism towards two native languages.


The Bilingual Fluency online course takes one month to complete. Each week you get three video lessons, a quiz and practical tasks to do at home with your child.

And yes, new skills aren't effortless. You will need to follow the instructions to the letter and practice daily to master the new skills.

Once you have mastered the skills they become like second nature. 

It typically takes 4-6 months to achieve a lasting upgrade to fluent bilingualism for your child. 


Then bilingualism is no longer a chore - for either of you.

This video gives your a short summary of the course contents.


The Bilingual Fluency online course is based on the Bilingual Speech Activation methodology that I have been using since 2011 with bilingual and trilingual families who speak all kinds of different language combinations. 

As a parent I know that time is a precious comodity, especially when children are little.

This course covers the most effective methods I have developed to help children speak their parent's language.

Learning new parenting skills now makes bilingual parenting so much easier later, because once you have learned the 20x20 method, you can always use it.  


Course admissions are strictly through a 30-minute FREE consultancy meeting with Soile. In the video meeting we assess if the course is right for you and your child. A limited number of places become available each month. You can also book ahead.

To book your assessment and admissions meeting email me at soile (at) 

Bilingual Potential is an ethical enterprise dedicated to every child's right to learn and use their minority languages. This right is defined in the Article 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).