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Sun May 1, 2016, 05:08 PM

34. My brother (English-borne) lives in Germany with his German wife.

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They raised their daughters to be bi-lingual. When they they converse with him, it's solely in English (although he's fluent in German). When they converse with her, it's solely in German (although she's pretty decent in English herself). That way they just learn to do a mental switch depending on the speaker they're trying to communicate with and are doing it automatically, not just trying to translate on the fly.

It seems to work; the girls can switch flawlessly from one to the other. The only drawback, not that they can help it, is - since they live in Germany - the opportunities to converse with non-English-only speakers is limited, so they don't have as wide a variety of accents to navigate so they talk to their dad just fine, but there's always a little bit of hesitation when talking with someone from a region they're not as familiar with.

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