Fall Leaves and a Festive Citrouille (Pumpkin)

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Hello everyone! Hope you’ve all had a great week! This Friday’s flashcard is for something we’ve been seeing a lot of since fall began here– a pumpkin, or “citrouille” in French. Seeing all of the beautiful orange pumpkins is one reason that we love fall as much as we do. Here’s to hoping that you’re enjoying your own beautiful season wherever you are. Until next week!

¡Feliz viernes a todos! Esperamos que todos hayan pasado una semana fantástica. Nuestra palabra nueva es una fruta que vemos mucho desde que empezó el otoño, la calabaza, o “citrouille” en francais. Las calabazas son unas de las razones que nos gusta tanto el otoño. Esperamos que dónde quiera que estén, queridos lectores, que disfruten de este fin de semana.

Teaching Spanish to a Baby

 

Hello everyone! As a Cuban- American mom living in Germany, I’m always thinking about ways to use Spanish to teach new words and ideas in fun ways. With little babies and toddlers it’s very difficult to plan anything long or in-depth, so I find that a simple game a day to reinforce concepts is really helpful! Recently we’ve been teaching the concept of “inside, outside, dentro and fuera,” as well as shapes, colors and numbers with the use of blocks and cubes. We practice taking the shapes in and out of the different cubes, using the pictures of the shapes below as a guide. Of course there are many more shapes and colors you can use, but I find that we don’t usually get much further than a few iterations with the different shapes. But that’s perfectly fine! Practicing languages while building important skills is a great way to teach your child (and sometimes yourself!) something new. What are some of the ways that you teach languages and learn languages in your own daily life? Let us know more about it, we love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Wherever you are, we hope that you’re enjoying your week and finding a little time for learning something new. Until next time!

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Today is the Day to Train Your Brain!

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Hello everyone, hope that you’ve all had a lovely week! Today we’re celebrating a day that we think is particularly special…National Train Your Brain Day! What a great holiday! We think it’s genius! We like to keep our brains working hard by studying foreign languages and making flashcards, but there are lots of ways you can keep your mind sharp. Solving puzzles, writing, reading, working on your favorite hobby or pastime, building something, these are all great ways to keep your mind active! In honor of the day, we decided to make a flashcard celebrating that all-important brain, or “cerebro,” in Spanish. Here’s to hoping that wherever you are, you’re enjoying building that brain power. Have a wonderful weekend!

¡Feliz viernes a todos! Esperamos que todos hayan pasado una semana fantástica. Hoy estamos celebrando un día de fiesta muy especial, el día de entrenar su cerebro. ¡Que día más divertido! A nosotros nos gusta mantener nuestros cerebros en forma estudiando idiomas y dibujando tarjetas didácticas, pero hay muchas maneras de mantener su cerebro activo. Armar un rompecabeza, dibujar, leer, escribir, todas son actividades buenas para el desarollo y salud del cerebro. Para celebrar el día, nosotros hemos dibujado una tarjeta didáctica con la imagen de un cerebro, o “brain” en ingles. Hoy es un día perfecto para hacer unas actividades para mantener ágil la mente. Esperamos que dónde quiera que estén, queridos lectores, que disfruten de este fin de semana.

 

We (and our sombreros de copa) are all mad here…Happy Mad Hatter Day!

Asset 18Hello everyone and happy Friday! Here at Winter in Olympus we love holidays, and today’s an especially fun one. So get out your tea set and top hat, it’s Mad Hatter Day! We love Lewis Carroll’s classic, Alice in Wonderland, and any holiday that gives us an excuse to drink tea from our favorite tea pot and make top hat related flashcards is alright with us. So grab your top hat, “sombrero de copa” in Spanish, and go celebrate Mad Hatter Day…enjoy the weekend everyone!

¡Feliz viernes a todos! Esperamos que todos hayan pasado una semana fantástica. Nos encantan los días de fiesta, y hoy es un día de fiesta muy divertido. Es la hora de tomarse un te y ponerse su sombrero de copa, porque hoy es el día del sombrero loco. A nosotros nos gusta mucho la novela de fantasía escrita por Lewis Carroll,  Alicia en el país de las maravillas, y un día de fiesta que nos presenta la oportunidad de tomar te de nuestra tetera favorita y dibujar tarjetas didácticas con imagenes de sombreros de copa nos gusta aún más. Entonces ponse su sombrero de copa o “top hat” y celebra el día del sombrero loco. Esperamos que dónde quiera que estén, queridos lectores, disfruten de este fin de semana.

The Acorn and “la bellota”

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Happy Friday everyone! Hope that you’ve all had a great week. Today’s Friday flashcard is a little guy we’ve been seeing a lot of lately–the acorn, or “la bellota” in Spanish. We like acorns because although they’re small, with a little love and care they can grow up to be big, strong oak trees. We think  teaching a child language is the same thing. Investing a little time into teaching children even a few simple words can kindle an interest that will grow into a lifelong love of language. We hope that wherever you are you’re enjoying the wonderful season. Have a great weekend!

¡Feliz viernes a todos! Esperamos que todos hayan pasado una semana fantástica. La palabra nueva para esta semana es una que hemos oido mucho últimamente. La bellota en español, y acorn en ingles. A nosotros nos gustan mucho las bellotas, nos traen a la mente que con un poquito de  cariño pueden crecer a ser árboles grandes y fuertes. Nosotros pensamos que la enseñanza de un niño es la misma cosa. Con un poco de cariño y instrucción, unas cuantas palabras de estudio diario, crecen y se convierten en un gran deseo de conocer idiomas que permanecerá con ellos toda la vida. Esperamos que dónde quiera que estén, queridos lectores, disfruten de este fin de semana.

Hello Fall!

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Hello everyone, and hello fall! The summer is officially over, and the autumn season has begun. Where did the summer go? Here where we are we’re already feeling a chill in the air and seeing the leaves slowly turning from green to red, orange and yellow…the colors of fall! Here’s a very useful vocabulary word to commemorate the 2017 Autumn Equinox– “秋天” which is Chinese Mandarin for fall. Enjoy the beautiful season everyone, and happy studying!

Moving Day Means Many “cajas” (Boxes)

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We recently helped our friends move, and we couldn’t help but be amazed by the amount of work moving really is! So many packing supplies, materials, and trips back and forth to a moving van, it’s definitely exhausting. But among all of the materials that we needed, we found that there was one in particular that was always in short supply…boxes! So in honor of this very critical moving day necessity, here is our Friday vocabulary word. Caja, which means “box” in Spanish. If you’re moving soon, whether it be to a new college dorm, a new apartment, a house, or anywhere else, we hope that you find this word useful. Have a great weekend everyone!