Sunday, March 16, 2008

Meet our Bilingual Kids - Spencer

Here is a brief introduction to two of our bilingual children (started in September, 2007, and finally got this one posted).

It is enjoyable to see the children experiment with, learn, and ultimately master a new language. At the time of these podcasts our children had been living in Germany for almost a year now. They are both in the 3rd grade and have recently been asked to put their bilingual language skills to work: Shantal helps teach English in school & Spencer (see below) is translating into German at church.

Spencer came to me at church one Sunday in September and said: "translating into German. That's easy!" I am one of the translators at church (mostly from German into English). After Spencer watched me translate one week we spoke about translating a bit. I told Spencer that it is easy to translate into English, but hard to translate into German (my foreign language, and the second language of our children). Here's how he explained it in his own words in Episode 17 of our Spencer's first Living in Germany podcast.

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