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.
Amy: Beautiful video Adam...and so true, as always! :). You enjoy your hiatus, and we look forward to reading you again in August! Otsukaresama deshita (thank you for your hard work)!
Jul 1, 2017 5:03:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's ML report card has the same percentage of A's as the ml one but surprisingly the non-A's are not in the same categories. Anyway, she's off to grade 2 at the bilingual school! (After well-deserved and ml-rich holidays!)
Jul 1, 2017 5:12:01 GMT 9
Nellie: Congratulations to your daughter Mayken!
Jul 3, 2017 9:57:10 GMT 9
Wojtek: Back from journey from Croatia. It wasn't English speaking country but ... I was with my daughter for the whole 2 weeks 24/7!
Jul 8, 2017 19:04:43 GMT 9
Wojtek: Being all day with daughter makes really difference! She spoke definitely more and I had more chance to correct her, suggest better phrases, etc. That was great!
Jul 8, 2017 19:08:01 GMT 9
Mayken: Wojtek, a lot of one-on-one time is one of the perks of holidays, no matter where.
Jul 9, 2017 19:55:27 GMT 9
Amy: Baby seems to pick up a lot of ml2! Yeaterday she surprised me answering back "whyyyy?" and this morning when asked how she was she replied "very well"!! <3 Beautiful moments of our bilingual journey <3
Jul 10, 2017 19:21:02 GMT 9
Mayken: Two playdates with classmates from my 7-year-olds ml class this weekend, and the kids and parents all spoke ml the entire time! ml interaction with other kids is precious during summer holidays. Very happy
Jul 26, 2017 0:04:20 GMT 9