German books for kids: How can I teach my children German?

I was desperate to find children's books in German. I really wanted my son to be able to speak German. Back when he was a baby, here I was, an Australian living in Australia, able to speak fluent German, and my son's father is German. Despite that, it's hard to help a kid grow up bilingual. One … [Read more...]

German books for preschoolers: Our favourite “Ich hab einen Freund …” Bücher

As a non-native speaker living outside of Germany, it's not easy to find good German books for kids. And as my son gets older, his book requirements change and it just gets trickier - since I have to buy German books online (apart from our occasional visit to Germany) I spend ages researching Amazon … [Read more...]

Berlin museums for kids – planning my 2015 trip to Germany, with help

I'm busily planning for our next trip to Europe in the middle of this year, and I'm very excited that it will include a chance to return to Berlin, one of my all-time favourite cities (potentially my favourite city in the world - I'll test that theory out this trip). I've visited Berlin numerous … [Read more...]

The funniest 5 mistakes foreigners make in Germany

Germany is a wonderful place to live and I thoroughly enjoyed my three years there: it's an organised place, they have great beer and long summer nights, they are experts at Christmas, and so much more. However, one thing most foreigners soon realise is that there are quite a lot of rules in … [Read more...]

5 tricks I use to help my son become bilingual

I have been learning the German language on and off since I was seven years old. We had lessons in primary school, I took German in high school, I even continued German during my first year at university. When I lived in Bratislava I took lessons from a German teacher there (Hallo, Elisabeth!) and … [Read more...]

German books for toddlers: Our favourite German children’s books for age two and three

As the age of two approached, my son certainly began to demonstrate his own particular interests. Choosing the German baby books to read him was a bit random, but as he became a toddler the kinds of books and topics he was interested in became more specific to him. So if you have a son (or daughter, … [Read more...]

German books for babies: Our favourite children’s books auf deutsch for age zero and one

When my son was born I decided I wanted him to be bilingual - his father's first language is German, and I am reasonably fluent too. I needed to get hold of some great German children's books. My goal was basically that more than half the books in his book shelf should be German kids' books. I … [Read more...]

Saying goodbye to a country is hard – I know, I’ve done it three times

I am NOT a good goodbye person. I'm way overly sentimental, I'm all too acutely aware that once you say goodbye to a place you've lived in that even visiting will never be the same again, and I miss both people and things long and badly. I blogged just recently about the sadness of leaving new … [Read more...]

So I went to a conference and I won a few frequent flyer points …

I went to the Gold Coast again last week for the Problogger conference. Astute readers might remember I wasn't a fan of the Gold Coast last time round. Well, it turns out I can totally be bought and I will forever have a VERY soft spot for the Gold Coast. For a few reasons, but mostly because this … [Read more...]

How to get brave enough to speak to a local in a foreign language

Some people grow up knowing two or even more languages and thinking nothing of it. In fact, lots and lots of people in the world grow up this way. But in English-speaking countries, we tend to be a bit limited in our language thinking. After all, the "world language" is English (or so we think - and … [Read more...]