In Germany they start very slow with the ABC's, but they go very far. Often German's learn 4 or 5 different languages. Nicole had 5 languages (German, Latin, English, French and Spanish). Thomas learns German, English and French. Philip has English and German. So Sarah is learning the ABC's. We are making our own ABC book with these gummy letters. We started with her name. Then we wrote apfel (that's apple in German). She printed the e upside down...but that's OK. It will be that much sweeter when she is grown. Philip also wrote his name.