Hallo! German is my mother tongue!

Hallo! German is my mother tongue!

More and more children all over the world are growing up speaking two or more languages. Being bilingual has incredible advantages for children, and for an English speaker it shouldn’t be too hard to learn German. In fact, the two languages share about the 60% of their vocabulary! 

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German is spoken by around 132 million people in the world and it is the most spoken language in general and as a native language in Europe, with about 76 million native speakers. 
German is famous for the long vocables made up of joint words; the longest one ever created was 80 letters long! 
In this fun podcast we produced with RTE’ Junior you can hear Enya and Maia, whose mum is German and their dad is Irish, talking about the similarity of the two languages and fun facts caused by mixed up numbers!

If you are a German speaker living abroad and want your child to keep up your language, here are some tips:

start as early as possible: speak German to your baby from birth, or as early as possible. 

make it part of your routines: use German regularly in your routines, from preparing breakfast, to walking to the park, to bed-time routines. 

make a plan: plan games and activities to do together in German, and check out our website for ideas and resources

identify resources: find books, games and other resources that can help you along the way. 

find someone to help you: it is important for children to see that there are other families who speak German in their environment. Find a German parent and toddler group in your area or arrange meetings with other families who speak German. For older children, try to find a language class so your child can experience the language and the culture also outside the home.

– Praise your child’s success: when your child says a new word, when they talk to you in German, or when they learn to read, don’t focus on the errors but praise their efforts and show them how much you enjoy speaking German to them. 

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