Creating an avatar using the Avatar Maker

Avatars are personalized images that are shown next to each post you make on a forum. While traditional avatars are images that members have uploaded from their computers or have hosted with a 3rd party file host on the Internet, you have a third option which allows you to create your own avatar directly on the forum that you are a member of.

The Avatar Maker allows you to create a "cartoon" reflection of yourself, letting you choose from different head shapes, hair styles, hats, etc. allowing for thousands of different combinations you can create, ensuring that your avatar image is unique to you.

To get started with the Avatar Maker, click the Profile button that's typically found in the top menu bar of the forum, and then once you're on your profile page click the Edit Profile button. After you have clicked the Edit Profile button, you should be taken directly to the avatar settings page. Once here, look toward the right-hand side of the page for the Avatar Maker preview image, just below that image you'll see the following text: "Use the Avatar Maker to design your own!" - Click the Edit Avatar link that appears just below this line and this will bring up the avatar maker.

Once the Avatar Maker loads, you'll be given an introduction sequence showing you all of the different options you have to modify your avatar using the Avatar Maker. Once you are finished with the initial tutorial video, click anywhere in the Avatar Maker to close the introduction and you'll be free to make your own avatar!

If you are having troubles loading the Avatar Maker, it is important to note that you will need the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player to use it. Ensure that you have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed on your computer, or that you are using a device capable of running Adobe Flash.

After you have your avatar created, click the Save Avatar button to complete your changes. Once the Avatar Maker disappears you should see the avatar image you just created listed under the "Default Avatar" heading of the avatar settings page. Now that you have your avatar image created, under the "Choose how your avatar will display" heading, click the button for Use only your Default Avatar and your new avatar will be displayed next to the posts you make on the forum.

You can use a combination of the avatar image that you created using the Avatar Maker, as well as an image that you have uploaded or linked to. If you have an image that is uploaded / linked to already, that uploaded image will be used as the background for your avatar from the Avatar Maker. You can combine the two with the Combine them, use the Uploaded/Linked as a background for your Default Avatar selection!

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Amy: Cute code switching this morning when my 3 year old told me "I get my pótamo" (she meant her hippo soft toy). This mixing was music to my ears... It means she is truly growing trilingual. :) Apr 6, 2019 2:51:35 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! :) P.S. I like hippos. Apr 7, 2019 10:32:37 GMT 9
Alba: So funny, Amy! Great to hear :) I love the word Hypo, every child says it different! My son did something similar when he say "This tocotó", he calls horses "tocotó" based on the noise they made when trotting (tocotó, iiii (neigh)-ok, for a Spanish ear) :D Apr 8, 2019 6:52:09 GMT 9
Amy: Cheer and ! :). I love these "baby" words. They are so cute. I like the "This tocotó" another example of state of the art Spanglish ;) <3 Apr 9, 2019 4:54:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! “Bilingual Earth”: An Exciting New Book Project (And I invite you to be part of it!)
bilingualmonkeys.com/bilingual-earth-an-exciting-new-book-project/
Apr 9, 2019 11:11:26 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! Try This Really Fun and Effective Activity with an Early-Reading Child or Language Learner bilingualmonkeys.com/try-this-really-fun-and-effective-activity-with-an-early-reading-child-or-language-learner/ Apr 20, 2019 8:26:28 GMT 9
Mayken: Got home from a short trip to Zürich - heard German, French & Italian on the train, and both German and French in the tram. And everyone speaks English too. It was nice to be able to choose which of my languages I wanted to speak! May 6, 2019 23:07:42 GMT 9
Amy: Such a lovely feeling, isn't it? :) I miss that! :) May 7, 2019 16:33:19 GMT 9
Mayken: It is, . I didn't realise how much I had missed it. May 7, 2019 23:10:43 GMT 9
Amy: Last year, a new colleague joined my team. She's trilingual in the same languages as me. It was like magic. We change languages and even code-switch several time a day. I had missed that so much!! My monolingual colleagues must think we're freaks! lol May 8, 2019 4:56:12 GMT 9
Amy: Unfortunately, she has resigned and is leaving shortly. :'( I was so proud to introduce her to my eldest, one day that I had brought her to show her round my office. And to introduce other bi/multilingual colleagues. Show how important languages are. May 8, 2019 4:58:26 GMT 9
Mayken: That must have been wonderful, ! I'm sorry she is leaving. I would love to find someone like that. We had an English intern last year who spoke German and French. We chatted a lot. May 8, 2019 6:06:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW BLOG POST! Want to Raise a Bilingual Child? Remember This: You Get What You Pay For.
bilingualmonkeys.com/you-get-what-you-pay-for/
May 9, 2019 10:03:00 GMT 9
Caro C.: Oh Amy I sort of feel related to what you are saying. Some months ago I made a friend from the US. She happens to be a neighbor with four kids. We’ve been sharing back and forth and I’d love my baby girl to eventually be able to share with her children May 13, 2019 12:55:09 GMT 9
Caro C.: Although maybe they will be a bit old for her, still we (I mean their mom = Sarah and me) both are very happy and grateful for each other as friends. May 13, 2019 12:57:05 GMT 9 *
Mayken: As of yesterday, I am aunt to a baby girl who lives in our ml country with 2 ml parents, and I'm already planning to get them a nice nursery rhymes CD for our first visit. ;) May 16, 2019 20:03:47 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Nice, Mayken! Have a happy visit! :) May 17, 2019 9:10:21 GMT 9
Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY May 19, 2019 14:01:55 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input. :) May 20, 2019 15:32:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is on a field trip this week and I feel like I've lost my main purpose ;) May 20, 2019 20:03:33 GMT 9 *