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Parents with bilingual children, how did you do it?
  • My friend is French, his wife Portuguese, they live in England with their two children. When all together, they all speak English with each other. When the kids are with one parent, the speak that language. In the park with father, French. Baking with mother, Portuguese. Bedtime stories are in the language of the parent reading. Kids switch between languages easily and understand what to speak with whom. Effortless trilingual.

    Another friend moved country with her husband and had three kids. Home language was always mother tongue, both my friends had fairly bad English. Everything outside parents is in English for the kids - media, school, anyone outside the household. Again, the switch for the kids is really easy, they are fluent and have no accent in both languages.

  • Everyday, as an American
  • The temperatures are intuitive for me because Celsius is all I've known. The car going 60km/h or 100km/ h I know the difference and how it feels sitting in the car. The speed of wind in the forecast needs to be m/s to make any sense. Over 20 m/s I better tape the windows so that the storm won't break them

  • What is this sign supposed to mean? It's on the lighter.
  • Is that pit lined with mattresses so that those peeps will just isolate themselves for a day? I read the first sentence and nodded in approval: let the natural selection take the wheel but the second sentence made it much more humane.

  • My own baked potato
  • Why limit yourself to only tacos? Spoon a dollop of sour cream on your chilli or any hearty soup or stew, Mix it into gratin or mac'n'cheese before baking, make a salad with fresh cucumber and tomatoes, dill and/or spring onions... The world is your pot of sour cream

  • A guide to knitting
  • Sorry for the videos! I don't hate them but I can definitely see the attraction of images. Sometimes I need help with just one little step and a 30min video is really an overkill.

    The last guide is very good for continental knit stitch. It shows the left hand with the yarn and where the fingers are in every step.

    As for the mount. The gist is: you enter the needle the certain way and wrap the yarn the certain way. If done correctly, you'll end up with a nice fabric. If you mix techniques without knowing, it'll go haywire. This article has plenty of visuals and explanations.

  • A guide to knitting
  • First off, sorry I confused you even more because I used a wrong word in one sentence, edited it now.

    Two distinct styles are continental knitting (yarn coming from the left) and English knitting (yarn coming from the right). Both have slight variations with their own names but it kinda makes sense. The schematics you provided don't demonstrate how the yarn is held or hooked behind the needle so it's not specifically continental. However, the way the needle is inserted to the stitch and the direction the yarn is wrapped, that's western mount. Good thing is, most infomaterials in English are based on western mount so the long descriptions of complicated stitches and decreases and all are based on it regardless of your continental vs English style so all that makes sense.

    If you want some good visual for continental knitting, check out Nimble Needles or Roxanne Richardson in YouTube, both very proficient teachers. For Norwegian knitting check out Arne and Carlos, that's a subgroup of continental.

    If you want me to ramble about mounts or find good visuals, lmk, otherwise I feel like I'm dumping too much stuff on people who haven't asked for any of it.

  • What is a song you wanted to find again for a long time, but it gave you no clear clue about how to search for it?
  • 14 years ago when I was still relatively young and liked clubbing, a song popped up and swept all the playlists in my country. Clubs, radio stations, you name it. Catchy French song. It came and went so fast that I didn't manage to memorise it. That was long before I even dreamed of having a smartphone. When I moved to UK a year later, nobody had any idea what song I'm trying to describe, like they never heard it.

    Probably around 8 years ago I was roaming the streets of Porto with my ex, and a shop we passed had the song blasting from the speakers. Praise the smartphones, I used 'what's the song' app and et voila: Stromae - alors on danse

  • Bobble paws

    I made these a good few years back. A friend commissioned these for a present for her friend, and they were highly appreciated, for what I heard.

    The pattern for the ruffles came from Pinterest, the bobble pattern I charted out on a piece of paper. Forethought thumbs, no gusset. The bows are made of lingerie lace, that's stretchy. Buttons and beads were chosen from my neverending stash and sewing them on took several hours.

    For bobbles like this I learned to knit backwards without flipping the work. It's slower for me and I do like 8 stitches max but still felt more efficient than flipping the work after every 5-8 stitches.