We are a Spanish family living in UK. Our 3 daughters (3, 5 and 6 y.o) are totally bilingual in English and Spanish and have been exposed to German since they were born. They actually learnt (and spoke) German before English as we used to have (until 6 months ago) a German au pair with us that talked only in German to them. Once the older children started school they gradually stopped talking in German but they still understand it. We live in the countryside and there are not too many options to expose them to German (neither my husband or myself speak a word of German which doesn’t help). I have recently met a German lady with a bilingual son and once a week my daughters meet and play in German (1 hour). Additionally they watch children films in German (2 or 3 times a week max.). Actually they are only allowed to watch films in German (we don’t have TV) and they are quite happy about it. Could anyone give me some advice on how to increase their exposure to German or where to access good German resources for children of that age? Due to their ages, I feel I really need to push their German now to establish it as their third language.
Living in Scotland, bilingual parents, trilingual kids
English, Spanish and German