Review of Teach Me Everyday German
Teach Me Everyday German is an entry-level way for kids to learn German. The book comes with a CD that follows the book. The format follows the day in the life of a kid. Things are presented in both English and German and said by kids.
We have this book for our children. They used to be native speakers, but forgot a lot of it when we moved to the US. While most of the German music we have in the car is from Germany, they still like this one. I think it’s fun for them to transition between the two languages.
My only complaint is that some of the German pronunciation is not very good. Even to my ears, I can sense that the kids speaking are not native speakers. However, I think that for what it is – an introduction to elementary-aged kids learning the basics of a new language – I think it’s ok. Kids will not become fluent in German by listening to this, but that is not the goal of this book.
I definitely recommend this before visiting Germany with your kids.
More resources for teaching kids German
If you’re interested in teaching your kids German, feel free to check out my Pinterest board – Deutsche Schule. It’s where I collect things I find around the internet to help me teach my own kids German.
Here are some other books I’ve looked at that I like for my kids:
(Click on the image to go to the Amazon page for the book)
German-English dictionaries for kids
I like this board book that introduces 100 words to kids. I think its great for parents and toddlers to flip through and talk about what they see – in whichever language they choose. As the kids get older, they can use the book alone or to help them with spelling. (There is also a version available for babies and elementary age kids.)
For more intense learning, this picture dictionary has over 1,500 words. The two-page spreads focus on a topic and all the words that go along with the topic. There’s also a pronunciation guide included.
This one isn’t for kids specifically, but we have it and my kids like it. It’s another visual dictionary. But, because this is geared towards adults it’s filled with more items. I especially like it because the images correspond with things that someone would encounter in Germany and not just the German word for things people have at home.
Other books to help kids learn German
I like the idea of this book because it comes with 52 weeks of lesson plans and involves the whole family. Also, it’s free for kindle unlimited subscribers. I do think that this book is better suited for a parent to guide it who has some knowledge of German. According to the reviews, there are some grammatical and spelling errors in the book. However, if you find yourself with limited resources and a trip to Germany on the horizon, this may be a good place to start.
This book is not intended to kids specifically, but it is a good way to get kids used to hearing German. There are several short stories that are vocabulary-rich and include everyday encounters.