I want to take Adam's choice of board name literally here, by comparing my currently 5½-year-old daughter's progress in the ml (German) between Christmas 2014 (when she was 4½) and Christmas 2015. Both times, she met Santa at the Christmas market in my German hometown. Both times, she bravely went up to him on the stage and answered his questions. The first year, she said a self-made poem. The second year, she sang O Christmas Tree. In both years, we filmed her:
The second video has some cuts where she or Santa said her name, which I don't want online.
Can you hear the difference? (I don't think you need to understand German for that.)
Adorable videos, Mayken! Thanks for sharing them! And, yes, her growth (in all ways) is very clear.
Over the years, I've tried to track my children's development by interviewing them, on video, on every birthday. This can be a fun and fascinating record of their long-term progress. At some point (after I "retire"?), I really have to sift through all the video we have and piece these parts together.
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Mayken: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: For Christmas: The Most Beautiful Video You Might Ever See About a Bilingual Familybuff.ly/2nI2yrE
Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9