Zita Mate

I have real-life experience of the distrust some people felt about my choice to educate my children in multiple languages. When raising my daughters, I was given both good and bad advice. I would like to share my experience with you so that you can avoid the doubts and worries I sometimes felt. Raising multilingual children can be an uncertain path. Trusting children is essential; however, it may not be enough.

Educating Plurilingual Children

You Are in the right place, if

  • you are concerned about the language development of your multilingual child.
  • you are afraid that your child’s multilingualism will generate conflicts in their family relationships.
  • you feel that your child’s multilingualism is harming their progress at school.
  • you want to collaborate better with your child’s school.
  • you want your child to achieve better academic results.

25+ years

I have been working with multilingual children for more than 25 years.

100+ workshops

I have led over 75 sessions for parents and teachers.

1000+ families

I have helped more than 1000 families to facilitate the support of their…

Upcoming events

Online parent training for parents of children of pre-school age.

While a young child may not speak or speak very little, he or she can learn a lot if surrounded by a supportive and knowledgeable environment. During the training, we will talk through the stages of language development, with a special focus on multilingual children, so that you can help you to correctly interpret the potentially confusing language development phenomena that characterise them. You will also get lots of practical suggestions on how to ensure the healthy language development of your multilingual child, even as a parent of a monolingual child.

  • What determines when a multilingual child starts speaking?
  • What games do we play to help their speech development?
  • What to look out for at this age and what can we expect?

You will get answers to these and many more questions in this online parent training, which includes a free individual consultation after the 5 group sessions. If you would like to discuss your experiences and doubts week by week with a group of parents from around the world, you can sign up here:

Online parent training for parents of young school-age children.

At school, children have to demonstrate their skills not only in speaking but also in writing, which is not always easy for multilingual children. This is a time when achievement gaps can be levelled out or even widen. In addition, by this time we as parents have fewer opportunities to practise our mother tongue with them, as they spend less and less time in our company.

  • How do we overcome these difficulties?
  • How can we help them learn if we don’t speak the new language well?
  • How should we approach the second or third language taught at school?

These and many other questions will be answered in a very practical way in this online parent training course, which includes an individual consultation and a Hungarian language exercise book after the 5 group sessions. If you would like to discuss your experiences and doubts with a group of parents from around the world, week after week, you can sign up here:

Zita Mate

Plurilingualism is an Advantage

Linguistic competence influences the learning of other subjects and increases self-esteem. Plurilingual children need a well formed early environment to become confident adults.

Do you want to create the ideal conditions for your child to learn every single one of their languages well?

I know some families who were convinced that they were providing the perfect conditions for their children to learn multiple languages, and yet it didn’t work out, and others who came to me because they felt that the conditions were far from optimal. In the first case, I was able to explain to them that there were other factors at play they didn’t know about. And in the second case, I showed them how to make the most of what was available to them.

Whatever your situation, I will help you make the most of it.

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Where We Have Already met


Our family is quite complicated in terms of the spoken languages and after several relocation into different countries and the arrival of a new school language, became inevitable to involve a professional in our decision making process (and also to avoid some conflicts in the family). Human destinies can depend on how we approach language issues during childhood. Zita has a professional objective view, prioritizing the child’s best interest but also taking into account the specific situation of the family. She was also a positive surprise as a person.

T. Janosi Mozes

Thank you very much for the talk. It is very interesting to learn about the facilities and stages that children can go through when learning several languages at the same time.

Presentation student

Very clear and demystifying presentation of stereotypes. Very practical advice, very useful indications. It has solved many doubts. It will make it easier for me to manage multilingualism.

Webinar student

I leave with clearer ideas about how to speak to my child, how to insist and correct my child when he/she doesn’t speak well, and that it is necessary to give a lot of “inputs” in order, perhaps with time, to achieve a good level in many languages. Thank you very much.

Workshop student

I found it very interesting and necessary for multilingual couples like us, as we have resolved doubts we had since the birth of our daughters. Thank you.

Workshop student