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.
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Amy: Just received your novel Adam, just in time for the weekend! I already read 3 chapters and am loving the style! Congrats!
Feb 10, 2018 6:25:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: That's so nice to hear, Amy! I look forward to more impressions as you continue reading!
Feb 10, 2018 10:46:14 GMT 9
Mayken: After writing a letter in the ML to her new friend for whom it is the ml, my daughter is now on the phone with her friend from ml country. (And hiding in her room with my phone. No more phone cords to hold her back.)
Feb 11, 2018 23:13:29 GMT 9
Nellie: Book ordered Adam!
Feb 15, 2018 6:20:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - so cute! The terrible teens are approaching!
Feb 15, 2018 6:21:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nellie, thank you! I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your impressions!
Feb 15, 2018 6:34:04 GMT 9
Wojtek: I found sample Eiken tests on grade 5 and 4 (There was Adam's article) and did the first part with my daughter (20 questions). On Grade 5 she did 16 of 20 correctly and on grade 4: 12 of 20. Not so bad though. She failed those where grammar was included.
Feb 15, 2018 20:43:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, your daughter is still very young so I would say those are really positive results! Your efforts are clearly producing a lot of progress. Good for you, and good for your daughter!
Feb 16, 2018 7:52:23 GMT 9
Undraa: A big congrats from my end to you for your new book Adam!
Feb 16, 2018 16:50:56 GMT 9
Wojtek: Big thanks, Adam. Those tests on grade 5 are so basic but anyway they prove that my girl understands them and knows the answers. That was quite interesting experience.
Feb 16, 2018 16:54:32 GMT 9
Wojtek: Congratulations on your book, Adam! I read the beginning on Amazon and as always I have the impression you took several pages from the dictionary with a range of sophisticated words and just put them in. That's why the book will be very valuable for me.
Feb 16, 2018 17:01:19 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, thanks! Even if you're unfamiliar with some of the vocabulary, I think the lively story will carry you through the book. I hope you enjoy it, and also find it useful for your English!
Feb 16, 2018 18:43:12 GMT 9
Dani: Hi everyone, It has been a while... Congrats on your new book Adam! Would love to get a copy too.
Feb 17, 2018 8:30:36 GMT 9