I just discovered a trick to get language resources in Arabic that I'm very excited about, and thought I'd share with you all.
I was complaining here about how difficult it is to find children's books and movies in Arabic: Amazon has a very limited selection, and I've never been able to find Arabic-language Disney movies online that weren't pirated. Reading through the posts on this site, I was envying all of you who have an "easy" language like Spanish, since Spanish is a major second language in the US, and you can get tons of high-quality materials in Spanish.
Then it occurred to me that Arabic is a major second language in France, and I had bought a French-French dictionary off Amazon.fr several years ago, so I know they ship to the US. So I headed over to Amazon.fr, searched for 'disney arabe' and voila!, tons of movies that have either Arabic audio tracks or subtitles. Also tons of Arabic books in their foreign-language books section. I placed a big order, and in a few weeks will have greatly expanded our ml children's resources.
Anyway, I thought this might be useful for anyone else who has a less-taught minority language. People looking for Hindi could try amazon.co.uk, people looking for Turkish could try amazon.de, there's probably loads of others.
Let me know if anyone else has already used this strategy, or finds it useful in the future!
This is a very helpful suggestion, Karen--thank you for sharing it! And enjoy your refreshing wave of new resources!
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Mayken: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: For Christmas: The Most Beautiful Video You Might Ever See About a Bilingual Familybuff.ly/2nI2yrE
Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9