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  1. You just have to hunt up some more extended family!


    I'll work on it! Thanks for the idea. :)


    He is 6 this year and has a Chinese teacher at school who speaks only Chinese to the class. He is so good at it that she took my sister aside and questioned her about his previous exposure to Chinese. He understands the teacher and will answer in Chinese, with a good accent, where the rest of the class's accent is bad and they don't really understand. They concluded that it was his early exposure French!


    That's great! I had this experience learning Spanish in high school as well -- it was just easy peasy for me. :)


    I read aloud a lot in order to give him more grammatically complex sentence structure and vocabulary.


    It's a good point that reading alot gives them exposure to much more complicated sentences. Thanks. :)

  2. You can absolutely do it! I have a friend who emigrated from Germany when she was 13 - she spoke German to her kids when they were little, and they are so fluent now! If you were raised in Germany with German as your primary language as a child, you are a native speaker.



    Thanks for the encouragement!! I don't *feel* like a native speaker, which I think makes this seem more daunting. But it's encouraging to hear of your friend who was in a similar situation!


    We do already have a DVD player that can play all regions, and we have bought some movies from amazon.de. I just wish there was a more ready selection of used/cheaper stuff, because we can't keep breaking the bank to be buying new all the time! But used tends to have much higher shipping charges. :p


    Also, visiting relatives in Germany for an extended vacation can really solidify their skills, especially the active speaking that they are reluctant to use at home. You'd be shocked at how quickly passive knowledge becomes active in an immersion situation.



    I wish we had family over there, but all of our family in Germany has passed away since we left. I believe that my son's German could become active very quickly, because I've really been pushing him to speak it with me this week while my husband is out of town, and I feel like his German output has gone from maybe 30% before to somewhere around 60% without prompting, and 90% with me responding to English with a "Wie bitte?" or "Auf Deutsch?" So I feel like we're making really amazing progress this week, and it's exciting!

  3. It is very, very hard. We are a German speaking family, DH and I talk only German to the kids, and even so it is difficult to keep up the fluency (the kids prefer to speak English to each other and to us)

    A few suggestions:

    1. audiobooks. We have tons, and when the kids were younger, they listened to German audiobooks in the car all the time. Great for vocabulary.



    Where do you get your audiobooks? I've been looking at audible.de, but wondered if there are other/better alternatives.




    If they like worksheets, you could use some fill-in-the-blank spelling workbooks or such. We found remedial spelling books for German school students a good resource.


    This made me think of this website I saw: http://www.grundschulmaterial.de/content/elternmaterial

    I was wondering if anyone had experience with these materials, either the parent version or the teacher version? It looks like it could be promising, but could also get pretty costly, if you go through a lot of worksheets.

  4. I wonder....One of the founders of Multilingual Living teaches her kids German, and she has a pinterest board at http://pinterest.com...an-with-kiddos/ which includes this one, I don't know German, but it looks interesting http://www.lernerfol...tartseite.html

    but so do many of the others



    Has anyone tried this with their kids in the four months since this came up? I'm interested in hearing how it went, if so. My son *loves* his "computer games", and thought it could be fun. But I'd like to hear if people thought it was worth the money first, maybe.

  5. I just really want to thank regentrude for all her posts on this thread! My parents put me in an English speaking (DoD) school after 4th grade (we'd moved out of the state where I was signed up for Gymnasium three days before school started, and they hadn't planned ahead very well!), and we moved to the USA when I was in 7th grade, so you've really helped me understand a lot more about the eduction system (and paradigm behind some of it) in Germany that was very unclear to me as a child! :)

  6. My kids are currently 3 and 1 and I'm planning on homeschooling them, but am undecided how to do it (lingually). DS3 is passively fluent in German, but defaults to English (his stronger language) when speaking. DS1 defaults to German, though I'm not sure how long that'll last. I was raised bilingually in Germany (with German my stronger language until age 10), but got pretty rusty not using it for 15 years until I had kids. I started speaking German with DS3 just after his sister was born a year ago, and I'm pretty pleased with his progress this past year.


    I'd really like to school (at least partially) in German, like I know some people on here do with their second languages, but reading some of the threads on here has me doubting myself. A good deal many threads have posts that seem to suggest that you shouldn't even try it if you don't have native fluency, which I'm not thinking I do, at this point.


    It doesn't help that there's *very* little German anywhere near us. As for our German input, I'm reading all I can, we listen to audio (books, recorded audio from movies, music, etc.) daily, and we read almost exclusively in German (which is sometimes a stretch on my translating skills when he hands me an English book from the library I've not had a chance to look at!!), and the occasional movie time is also German. DH doesn't speak a lick of German, though, so we usually switch to English when he's around.


    I've been in contact with German schools to obtain curricula and used textbooks, to at least start exploring the topic further, but am wondering if it's worth the effort, if people generally don't have success with this sort of thing. Any ideas/input/encouragement is welcome!

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