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foreign languages at seven

Books + Ideas, Children — May 2020

Helen has only done a tiny bit with foreign languages - German and Latin - since my last update on this a year ago. more

a tiny bit of German

Books + Ideas, Children — May 2019

Four years ago I mused about possible second languages for Helen and mentioned that I had tried talking to her a bit in German. And German is the language we've progressed most with, though sadly not very far. more

early second language learning

Books + Ideas, Children — November 2015

I've tried speaking in German to Helen a few times in the last week and she's really fascinated by it. If I stop she says "say something" and wants me to keep going, and this morning she requested some German quite spontaneously. And Camilla and I have started thinking about the options for her to learn a second language. more

reading German

Books + Ideas — September 2014

I have just finished reading my first full-length book in German, a bundled pair of short crime novels (around 130 pages each) by Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Der Richter und sein Henker and Der Verdacht. more

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