Bonjour les amis! It's been quiet on the blog this week, but today I'm glad to share with you two linguistic resources that may delight you:
First is a children's picture book called Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World. Published in 2011, each page features several terms of endearment that parents use with their children in their own language. From mon petit chou (my little cabbage) in French to docinho de coco (little coconut candy) in Portuguese, it features sweet nicknames along with their translations and pronunciation in each of fourteen languages--German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, etc. We discovered this book at the library, and my daughter has loved choosing the nickname that she would prefer from each language. The illustrations are somewhat similar on each page, but it's the language content that I adore. (The book is designed for children ages 4-8 who will enjoy the concept more than the visual journey.)
Second, I'm excited to tell you about a podcast series just launched this week: Bilingual Avenue! Marianna Du Bosq, an American of Venezuelan origin currently living with her husband and daughter in Germany, has released the first three episodes featuring advice and stories to encourage you on your bilingual family journey. I'm tooting my own horn here, since her third and most recent episode features an interview with me! I enjoyed talking with Marianna and I honestly can't wait to hear her weekly interviews with other parents raising bilingual children.
Here's the direct iTunes link to Marianna's interview with me: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bilingual-avenue-marianna/id929277000
Do you know any non-native speakers raising bilingual children? Now that we are in mid-October, how is your family's schooling and educational journey coming along?