paper & other

Bilingual Options

Living the German language at home

  • talk in German as much as possible, the children understand more than you think
  • read German stories, also possible online or from many state libraries
  • listen to German music as CD's, on the radio or online
  • watch German films or television programs through live streaming programs or DVD's
  • play German CD's or mp3 podcast downloads in the car and generally while travelling
  • meet with German speaking friends
  • participate in German speaking play groups and other groups
  • participate in activities offered by the local German, Swiss or Austrain clubs, in particular to value traditions such as Easter and Christmas, Fasnacht, Laternenumzug, St.Niklaus or the national day celebrations

FUN THINGS done in German will create a positive association with the language


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  • The initial promoters of infant bilingualism suggested that parents should create a quasi-monolingual environment and simply pretend not to understand.
  • More recently people have said that this is not actually fair and alternative strategies foster learning .
  • ​​Repeat what your child has said to you in your language. You can draw the attention to language choices. ​You can also ask your child to repeat the word / phrase just used.
  • Here are some easy strategies with examples Susanne has ​gathered



explore the materials on

international schools, saturday schools, language institutes, organistations, pre school offers, course providers, bilingual child care ...


Information & links

​​Raising children bilingually


​​​How to structure German Playgroup sessions for optimal language benefit

electronic  Materials include

  • online exercises
  • ​AUDIO BOOKS, Radio for kids
  • learning programs
  • online programs to download
  • ​information about apps
  • ​multimedia support
  • search engines for children
  • ​educational television programs
Schools Australia and New zealand

Should I pretend not to understand ?


general information international

relevant Organisations, Government Contact points, representative institutions, international testing, language levels ...  

paper materials include

  • publishers for learning books
  • learning how to read material and grammar
  • publishers for easy readers
  • ​learning tools or games
  • ​LIbrary & online rental services
  • available materials from the Goethe institute