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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Mayken: School starts again tomorrow. This year, exceptionally, 7yo will have all of her ml classes in 2 half days, instead of 1h/day. We'll see how that goes. (She's in 2nd grade.)
Sept 3, 2017 17:58:36 GMT 9
Amy: "Bonne rentrée" Mayken! Hope this new schedule will work well for your daughter though I have no doubt she will keep up her already excellent bilingual level
Sept 3, 2017 18:57:33 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks Amy! Bonne rentrée to you too! My daughter has ml on Tuesday mornings (tomorrow!) and Thursday afternoons.
Sept 5, 2017 5:39:39 GMT 9
Amy: First Wednesday at home magic: ml2 bathed home and catching my 5 year old singing along her music player in ml2.... Bilingual bliss! Only you fellow bilingual parents could understand this
Sept 6, 2017 21:05:46 GMT 9
Mayken: Planning to send my daughter to ml school again during the next holidays. But it's ok, she's looking forward to it!
Sept 8, 2017 4:45:12 GMT 9
Mayken: We had our parents meetings with the ml teacher, my daughter will have a lot of work this year! One parent asked "which kids actually do speak ml at home?" Does that mean many of them don't???
Sept 13, 2017 5:02:26 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - my daughter is a lot younger than yours (just starting PS), but in her class there are two children with Spanish-speaking parents, but apparently neither of them actually speak it...disappointing!
Sept 13, 2017 6:28:10 GMT 9
Amy: Nellie, these 2 kids might simply be passive bilinguals, and as you know the penny might simply drop one day and they'll start using Spanish...
Sept 13, 2017 17:05:33 GMT 9
Mayken: In our ml class the kids are required to have a high level of ml. In class they only speak ml (this year there's a penalty for speaking ML!). I assumed they all speak ml with the ml parent at home. (I've known those kids for 2 years.)
Sept 13, 2017 23:42:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Yes I'm sure you're right and they are passive bilinguals! And they are young. I certainly hope by your daughter's age that my little one will be speaking ml1 with me - have already seen a lot of progress over the last week! The penny is dropping!
Sept 14, 2017 5:51:52 GMT 9
Patricia: Has anyone encountered studies, or personal accounts, of bilingualism (or multilingualism) playing a role in delayed speech?
Sept 15, 2017 1:31:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Patricia, please complete your Profile (see my "welcome message" for guidance), then post your questions to the forum boards. Thank you.
Sept 15, 2017 6:14:15 GMT 9