I tried my kids (then aged 7 and 3) on French Muzzy before we moved out here. They watched it once. Luckily, I'd got it out of the library rather than buying it - I'd definitely look into this; most UK libraries have a website with an online catalogue. The Muzzy would be quite useful as a beginner adult tool, too.
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I don't agree with "just turn the t.v. on and they'll learn". Laguages are not learnt by osmosis. To lean a language you do need some starting point.
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Not when they're very young. My 4 yr old is waiting to start enfantine (kindergarten) after the summer hols, and in the meantime goes to the local garderie once a week, for a couple of hours. Just from this tiny bit of French exposure, with no formal teaching, she's picked up the words for hello, goodbye, please, thank you and can count to 5, and regularly 'sings' in recognisably French sounds (not actual words, but strings of sounds).
My 8 yr old doesn't do this sort of thing at all, despite having spent 3 months in French-speaking school. He, unfortunately, is having to learn it by memorisation, context and practise, like adults.
Stick the telly on, or have a look at your existing DVDs - these sometimes have German as an audio language option and it'll be easier for your older one to follow a known story (the younger one probably won't care).
But otherwise, don't worry. Whatever you manage to do in the UK for 6 months will do no more than push your kids a couple of weeks ahead once they arrive. (But I know, I know, knowing that doesn't stop you doing it anyway!)
who organised individual French lessons for her son for a few months, bought books, CDs, etc, but really only gained 50-100 words tops for all that effort.