Post by Abbi Gutierrez on Jun 8, 2018 21:15:15 GMT 9
Hi. I don't know why I didn't think of doing this before but when we had to return the Spanish version of Where the Wild Things Are to the library I decided to copy the Spanish text into my English version. Suddenly I've got a great and cheap way to increase the number of Spanish books we have! I've written about it here: tacodelenguas.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/diy-bilingual-picture-books/
I did something pretty similar with some ML books 2 years ago. For instance, for our ML "Mr Tickles & the Dragon" book, I copied the ml2 text from the book thanks to the Amazon preview option into a Word document. I printed the text, cut and glued the sheet to the original page. The only downside is that this adds extra weight to the book and the spine gets damaged quickly.
But I totally agree with you, it can create a feeling of "change" for the child, and save space!
How does your son react when he notices your masking tape/printed text sellotaped?
So far, I have been pretty much of a perfectionist (ml text looks almost like part of the original book) as I feared my daughter's reaction and resentment at me tampering with her books. (I did that at the beginning of us switching from OPOL to ml@h with strict ML prohibition, and though the rule has sunk in pretty well, there is always the odd mls resistance from time to time.)
***"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - Oscar Wilde***
Glad to see I’m not the only one doing this. I have found translation online, on YouTube, or through the library. I sometimes use interlibrary loans if my local library doesn’t have the book in our ml.
My son never said anything about the taped text. Not sure he noticed (and he’s 4). I have to think he’s just glad it’s now a ml book because I just don’t read books in the ML.
I sometimes write the ml words directly onto the page with a pen. Upside: You can't take it off! Downside: You can't take it off!
I have also been known to print out free mini-books from offline in the ml that are meant for kids to color, and I color them with markers like a kid and read them to my two-year-old son. That is another inexpensive option, and those are some of his favorites for some reason! The downside is they are just made of paper, so not very durable if your kids are rough on books.
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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, Amy! 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
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
Raquel: That's cute, Mayken. I hope you enjoyed all that extra free time.
May 29, 2019 18:17:39 GMT 9
SheilaC: I am concern about our upcoming big change to Public school with all English teaching and minimal Spanish. We have been lucky until now with Spanish speaking Nanny and Spanish immersion preschool. We are doing 2-day per week with Spanish after school.
May 31, 2019 10:51:49 GMT 9
Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9