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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Adam Beck: Mayken, thank you for sharing my book! I hope it can be helpful to them!
Oct 16, 2017 15:57:32 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, another bilingual monkey is about to be born near me (one of my colleagues is giving birth tomorrow), so I also got her and her husband a copy of your book... this world needs more bilingual kids!
Oct 18, 2017 0:06:43 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Many thanks, Marisa! In my humble opinion, more bilingual kids = more empathy in the world = a more peaceful planet.
Oct 18, 2017 7:33:04 GMT 9
Raquel: ^ Loved the Top-Secret Research studies!!
Oct 23, 2017 20:57:42 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Muchas gracias, Raquel!
Oct 24, 2017 5:24:58 GMT 9
Mayken: Me too! Can't decide which top secret file I'd want to get my hands on first!
Oct 26, 2017 4:44:55 GMT 9
Amy: ml1 extended week-end ahead with ml1 grandparents flying in tonight
Oct 28, 2017 4:31:57 GMT 9
Mayken: Follow-up on my daughter's visit at my old ml school: the headmistress suggested a penpal set-up between the class there and my daughter's class here. Let's see what my daughter's regular ml teacher says. I think that'd be cool. (The kids are in 2nd grade.
Oct 28, 2017 6:09:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Have a fun weekend, Amy! And Mayken, that sounds like a great idea! Cheers to you both, and to all!
Oct 28, 2017 7:18:43 GMT 9