It’s summertime in Europe, and we’ve been blessed more than enough to be ready to travel to Greece, my property country. We started out with a vacation in Crete, my father’s homeland and the children had been very enthusiastic to come across out that they have a lot of more mature kin and a single aunt in unique who’s 93, really chatty, healthy, and robust :). We spent time with my father’s twin sister and the kids bought to see the backyard garden and how watermelons, cucumbers, aubergines, tomatoes, and heaps of other fruit and veggies develop. In times like this, I am reminded of how critical it is to pass on our languages to our kids. The activities, the bonding with men and women and sites, are so substantially further, comprehensive when they can properly converse and sense the language at an emotional level.
Now we’re in my parents’ country property in mainland Greece, but nonetheless shut to the sea, and I have pretty much completed my new children’s e-book titled “Nelly’s Box“. This ebook will be the 3rd just one in the bilingual guide collection and it will be posted this thirty day period. It’s about a youngster who’s now attending a international language course, and this language also comes about to be a person of her house languages. The remarkable illustrations are by the artist Eve Farb. The 1st bilingual editions will also be published throughout July.
The story has been composed although owning in brain the desires of bilingual little ones, their people, and instructors + to be utilised for language classes these types of as working towards conjugating verbs using the existing tense, vocabulary, and so on carefully weaved in a storytelling structure. For the people who have just a short while ago subscribed to my blog site and e-newsletter, I was originally educated as a foreign language instructor (Bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature/Philology from the Nationwide and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Certificate of Proficiency in English by the University of Cambridge), and later on, I received an MSc diploma in World wide Advertising from the University of Cambridge. I talk Greek (indigenous), English, French, and some standard Norwegian. I’m in an ethnically, culturally, and linguistically combined marriage, raising trilingual small children.
We’re creating a e book jointly at the time far more!
-> I shared this model of the story in my FB readers’ group (there have been some modest edits because that put up). “Spanish” will be replaced with “Greek”, “French”, “Italian”, “German”, etc, dependent on the target language for each bilingual edition. I’d love your suggestions and ideas for variations via e-mail if any.
-> There is also a poll going on in the team, asking for your enter, so that I can prioritize translations dependent on your chosen language(s). If you are not in the FB group, you can also allow me know via electronic mail – just strike “reply”. The best choices ideal now are Italian, Spanish, French, Greek, Dutch, and German. As often, you will be able to obtain the Book editions for cost-free upon start.
-> I will attribute children’s boxes in the final web pages of my new e book “Nelly’s Box” (like I did in “Cousins Forever” with our children’s paintings and most loved text). Some of you have sent me pics of containers with some of your kid(s)’ preferred matters – thank you so a great deal 🙂. If you haven’t done that still, and you’d like your child’s box to be bundled, you should send me a photograph (higher resolution) at [email protected] by Friday the 15th of July! Here’s what I have so much.
An awesome new class for mothers and fathers raising bilingual little ones
Ute Limacher-Riebold Ph.D., Language Consultant & Intercultural Communication Skilled, and also picked researcher and contributor at PEaCH – EU Venture, released her quite own Ute’s International Lounge Academy with courses for dad and mom boosting bilingual little ones and multilingual youngsters! I attended “E.N.J.O.Y. Increasing Kids with Several Languages for parents of to 4 calendar year aged children” and this is the review I posted on my web site.
PS. Here’s a picture from our getaway in Crete wherever I obtained to fulfill Early Childhood Educator and Author Christina Konstantoudaki, operator of the Paper Kittens On-line Bookstore, who imports and sells exclusively my textbooks in Greece. We achieved on-line several many years in the past, and we have been exchanging concepts and manuscripts ever since. It was quite particular meeting her in person ❤. Fun point, she introduced me to a buddy who’s married to a community person, who as luck would have it, turned out to be a distant relative and a single of my father’s nephews :).