If you can set aside your TV objections for a few minutes...
Living in London, we are a sort of OPOL family in that we have a German nanny for our not-quite-2-year-old girl, and I speak German to her when I can/remember, but my husband doesn't speak any German (though he is supportive of my bilingual enthusiasm).
Small Girl watches quite a lot of TV (IMHO) and while I try to reduce what she watches, I'd be happier about it if she was watching German TV. We've bought a few Disney films through Amazon Prime and downloaded onto the old iPad that she can use, but they're only in English and I don't see any language options. Similarly, short of spending hours re-programming her Youtube search algorithm, she's not getting any German there.
We have some German VHS cassettes which we play for her sometimes (yes, you can still buy VCR machines off eBay!), but given that we tend to break out the iPad to get through a plane/train journey or when she's awake super early, I really need them on the iPad.
It wasn't totally easy, I ended up having to use one program to rip the DVD (iRipIt or something like that), and a second program (Handbrake) to select the Arabic audio track and save the file as an iTunes-friendly format. After I did the first movie and figured out how it works, though, it was easy and I could just copy them over to the iPad through iTunes.
If you have a PC, the programs you use would be different, but it should be pretty much the same procedure: 1) Rip the DVD, 2) Convert the format, 3) Copy to iTunes.
This is all illegal, of course (at least in the US), but that's stupid. Until they offer digital movies in multiple languages, I will feel no guilt about breaking the copyright/region encoding/etc. on movies that I've legally bought.
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come!
Jun 8, 2020 15:12:21 GMT 9