ChildrenWelcome to the Children’s section of the Growing up with two languages website. Here you will find information, resources, advice, and encouragement for children and teenagers who are being raised to speak a minority language in New Zealand. The links below will take you to information pages, where you will find further links and resources for additional reading.

You may also find information in the ParentsProfessionals, and Resources sections helpful.

Stories for Children

Below are some quotes taken from interviews carried out for the ‘bilingual teens’ ITML project. Click on ‘Read More’ to hear people talking about their experiences of speaking a minority language in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you would like to share your own experiences of being raised speaking more than one language, please contact us via our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

Dutch daughter 1

Q: Growing up as a bilingual child in New Zealand ...
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French daughter 1

I never called my dad "Dad", it was always "Papa" ...
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Korean daughter 1

Q: Do you sometimes speak Korean between you and your ...
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