Bilingualism and bilingual family specialist Soile Pietikainen
Soile Pietikainen. Photo: Eva Slusarek

Soile's Blog

The blog is about what I think. For what I do, see the News. 

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Harmonious Bilingual Development

Is it possible to have a bilingual child that speaks two roughly balanced languages and loves having great conversations with you in the minority language? Welcome to Harmonious Bilingual Development. 

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Elephant Mum Q&A 2020: Bilingual family moving from Finland to Australia

We plan to move our Finnish-English bilingual family from Finland to Australia in about 4-5 years. How should we prepare? 

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The most important thing in bilingual parenting...

... is that the child becomes bilingual. Otherwise, what is the point? The one thing that really matters is the outcome for the children.

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Why I want to help children speak their parent's language?

My specialism area is quite narrow: How to help children to speak their parent's language? How on earth did I became hooked on such a question? This is how. 

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My child does not speak my language but understands it perfectly

We understand much more of a language than we are able to speak it. But what does it really mean when parents say that their bilingual child "understands perfectly". For my research I had to find out. 

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Bilingual Princess and the 20 second secret

What to do when each parent speaks their language to the baby, but the baby's words only come out in one language?