Lace, Lego and Lola on Travel – Episode 30 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Back in Episode 20 I took it upon myself to make every tenth episode of the podcast a bit different. Sometimes I chat with people about something really fascinating but it just doesn't really work to put it together with chats with other people - unless I do this, and have a fabulous mishmash of an … [Read more...]

How to be Bilingual – Episode 26 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I'm sure I'm not the only traveller who has sometimes wished they could transplant a microchip into their brain and suddenly be able to fluently speak another language. Instead, I've spent most of my life slogging away at learning German, as well as having a go at Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and … [Read more...]

German kids’ books: 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 and I … [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...]

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...]

Travel consequences: Raising bilingual kids

Over a decade ago when I hopped on a plane to Osaka, I didn't look far enough ahead to imagine that one of the consequences of travelling the world would be marrying someone with a different mother tongue and then jumping onto the journey of raising bilingual kids. No, I was just looking far enough … [Read more...]