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!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
Amy: And to all other fellow zookeepers of course!
Nov 4, 2018 18:13:28 GMT 9
Wojtek: Yesterday my daughter used a Polish word in an English sentence. From time to time she does it (don't know if I should be happy about that), but anyway what was amusing about that, she said it with an English accent!
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:45 GMT 9
Wojtek: I feel the English accent in our monolingual family has seemed to be something unreachable but in that mixed sentence, I heard the difference. It surprised me slightly.
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:55 GMT 9
Amy: So cute Wojtek! And such a lovely piece of news!
Nov 7, 2018 6:29:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice Wojtek! Give that little girl a big hug from Uncle Adam!
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