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Perhaps you feel like Mandarin and Japanese might be more economically useful? There are a LOT of monolingual speakers of those languages, and they are big markets, whereas French and German speakers on the whole tend to be bilingual and the total numbers of monolingual speakers are smaller... We are weighing something similar- we have a 2.5 yr old who is doing great with his Russian and pretty good with English (we live in the US so I don't devote any time to the...
Unlike many of the previous posters, I'm not going to comment on the existential angst of losing a language or connection with a child... I'm thinking, maybe try a compromise? Tell her that you'll say it in English but she has to say it back in Arabic? I have a 2.5 year old and we speak Russian to each other, and English to dad and everyone else, pretty much. He knows I speak and understand English,  I can't get away from that, ha! As long as he maintains his Russian,...
Get committed to it, and don't get discouraged! Even if your German sucks, you can help out- get German-language books, music, etc. It makes it easier when the baby is little and doesn't say anything- it will help you think of him/her as a German speaker already. You're lucky, German is a pretty common language and you should be able to find playgroups and materials in  the language you're looking for. I am a non-native Russian speaker in Hawaii and I have been able to...
mummm- he didn't think anything was wrong with the bathrooms and I didn't see any trash- the only thing was that it was really windy, but that's North Shore in the winter for you.   I haven't had any break-ins in 2.5 years here, but I too have heard property crime is a problem! Most things are really pricy- a gallon of milk is $4-5, bread $3/loaf, 8 oz of cheese $3. I was frankly shocked when I first got here. 
Yes, camping takes some planning here. You can get permits online (here: https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/welcome.html;jsessionid=F83A3B99E0BCB6FC2584142830C5512F.olomea)  and there are some private camp grounds- my husband just stayed here last weekend: http://www.malaekahana.net/. Definitely plan ahead, campgrounds fill up fast, and get a car! You'll need it to get around between campgrounds/grocery stores etc.    One cool place to camp that lots of people don't...
I cut my son's nails (he's 27 months) when he's eating. I act like the scissors are hungry too, and that they need a snack. Usually they swoop in and trim a few nails on one hand and then he yells no, and then they "cry" and beg for more nails, etc. It takes a while, sometimes two meals before they are all trimmed, but it works out!
Seriously, don't sweat it. Haven't you seen the children of people who don't speak English well and their (perfectly) English-seaking kids? You'll be giving him the amazing gift of a second language!
Well, we're not done with our language experiment for sure, but I have some experience. I speak Russian well as a second language and my husband doesn't speak Russian at all. We live in Hawaii, so English-speaking area. I speak to our 2.5 year old in Russian almost exclusively but I talk to my husband in English and sometimes I talk to them both in English, if I'm saying something for the whole audience, so to speak. I have a Russian sitter for my son four days a week,...
Tell her you heard about her from Erin! Have fun!
We used Kristen Hook for family photos last year (http://hookphotography.com/) and she was great. Resa Mejia is a friend of a friend whose pictures I saw at a birthday party, which were also really neat: http://mejiaphotography.zenfolio.com/ Both of them are good with kids/groups!
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