Without a doubt, one of the biggest “shocks to the system” connected with a move abroad was the transition into a new language.
But only mostly for me!
Tom is fluent, and the children were/are magically (and thankfully) impervious to it. A combination of the fact that play can happen quite easily without the need for discussion, and they are really and truly sponges when it comes to picking up a language. For example, (and I have tested this theory), Maddie can hear something one time and know it, even if that one time means in passing from a television screen.