Happy Father’s Day, Dads!

There isn’t too much else to say besides, Happy Father’s Day! If you’ve been a father in someone’s life, then this is your holiday! We wish you a great, and hopefully relaxing day with your friends and loved ones.  So Happy Father’s Day to all of the supportive, awesome fathers in our lives who work hard to be the best they can be in their lives, and push us to be the best we can be in ours. We’re grateful! Feliz Día del Padre, everyone. Until next week!

Happy Mother’s Day, Mamás…it’s Your Day!

Hello everyone! From us here at Winter in Olympus, we want to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day! There are lots of ways to say “Mother,” in many languages, but in the end, the meaning is the same! We love our moms! If you’re a mother to someone in your life,we want to wish you a wonderful day filled with your favorite things to do and with the people you love most. It’s hard work, and this is your day, Mamá! Until next week!

Our Irish Mug with a Cute Coffee Cup is Featured on a Blog!

Hello everyone! Hope that you’re all doing well and are enjoying your week so far. Today we’re excited to share that one of our Irish mugs has been featured in a blog!  Alissa on Cherished Cottage  has included us in her awesome article featuring some of her favorite St. Patrick’s Day items, and we’re so excited! You can check out her article here, and see all of the great, festive items Alissa has discovered on Etsy. Our mug holds 11 fl. oz, the design features a green coffee cup and the Irish words “Maidin mhaith” in black text which mean “Good morning,” in English. It’s a lot of fun for St. Patrick’s Day, or for any day of the year! You can check it out here.  We hope that whatever you’re planning for St. Patrick’s Day, that you have a great time celebrating. Until next time!

Happy Read Across America Day!- Time to Grab a Book!

Happy Friday everyone, we hope that you’ve all had a wonderful week and are looking forward to the weekend! Today is a great day, because not only it’s Friday (yay!), but also because it’s March 2,  aka Read Across America Day! Today parents and educators across the country will join the National Education Association (NEA) in promoting and celebrating reading in schools and homes across the country. It’s an event that we really love, not only because we love to read, but because we believe that reading is an amazing and positive influence on a young mind. If you’re interested in learning more, click here for more information from the NEA’s website. To celebrate the day we made a fun reading flashcard which means “to read,” or “leer,” in Spanish. There are many great bilingual and multilingual books perfect for joining in Read Across America Day, check out our Pinterest boards for some great reading lists we’ve saved from across the web.  We hope that wherever you are, that you are able to take some time this Friday and this weekend to do something you love, and hopefully get a chance to read a great book. Until next week!

Happy Friday- A German Flashcard for a Sunny Day

Hello everyone, and Happy Friday! We hope that you are all having a great week, and are ready for an even better weekend! This week we’re really excited, because the sun’s been out a lot lately and it’s starting to feel a little bit like spring! We haven’t been able to stop thinking about getting outdoors and enjoying the nice weather, and so this week’s Friday flashcard was an obvious choice for us. So today we have a German flashcard, “die Sonne” in German, or “the sun” in English. Seeing the bright colors makes us really excited for warm weather and more time exploring the outdoors. Here’s to hoping that wherever you are, that you have a good weekend with a chance to relax and to do something you enjoy. Until next week!

Let’s Fly a “Cometa”: A Spanish Kite Flashcard

Hello everyone, and Happy Friday! We thought long and hard about what we wanted to make for today’s Friday flashcard. Because as it turns out, February 9th is actually a pretty great day for food holidays. Pizza Pie Day, Chocolate Day and National Bagel Day, there were so many choices!! And in celebration, lots of restaurants are giving away freebies, so check them out. Because who doesn’t love freebies, especially pizza ones? Despite how delicious all of these other holidays sounded, we decided that the holiday we were most excited about was actually yesterday, on February the 8th. National Kite Flying Day! We’ve been thinking a lot about spring lately, and dreaming about warmer weather and time outdoors. A flying kite is a beautiful and peaceful sight, and so relaxing for your mind and spirit. So here is our flashcard, a flying kite, or “la cometa,” in Spanish. We already feel like spring is a little bit closer 🙂 Here’s to hoping that wherever you are, that you’re having a great day and are ready for a good weekend. Until next week!

 

Six More Weeks of Winter? A Happy Groundhog Day Chinese Flashcard!

Happy Friday everyone! So as many of you likely know by now,  Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog, has seen his shadow! According to folklore, this means that we can expect another six weeks of winter. We don’t know how much we really buy into this old tradition, but we do think it’s fun to wonder! But regardless of whether or not Phil saw his shadow, we thought making a groundhog flashcard would be a great way to commemorate the day. So here is our groundhog, and today our flashcard vocabulary word is in Chinese. The Chinese word for groundhog is 土拨鼠, pronounced tǔ bō shǔ.  So are we really in for six more weeks of cold weather? Where we are in Germany, the weather is actually getting warmer, so we certainly hope that there are no more cold winter surprises in store for us! What do you think about the groundhog tradition? Fact or fiction? Either way, we hope that wherever you are that you enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend. Until next week!

Let Them Eat Chocolate Torta: A Spanish Cake Flashcard

Happy Friday everyone! We hope that you’ve all had a good week, and are looking forward to the weekend. We’d like to share a special holiday with you, one that we’re sure you’re going to think is a lot of fun. So today’s Friday flashcard is technically not for today, but for tomorrow! You see, January 27th is an especially delicious holiday, and one we just couldn’t pass up. January 27th is Chocolate Cake Day, and we’re REALLY excited to celebrate with a trip to our local bakery.  What a great holiday! In addition to celebrating by eating some chocolate cake, we also decided to indulge by making a chocolate cake Spanish flashcard. In Spanish chocolate cake is “torta de chocolate.” We think it sounds delicious in Spanish and in English!  If you’re not a fan of chocolate cake or of desserts in general, celebrate the day by indulging in something that makes you happy. For us, the day has inspired us to look through our list of Spanish desserts and see if we can find some time to try a new recipe this weekend! Wherever you are and however your’re spending your Saturday, we hope that you’re doing something you love and getting the chance to learn something new. Until next week!

Friday Flashcard: A Spanish Flashcard for Your New Year’s Resolution!

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! Today we have a Spanish flashcard for you that is perfect for the new year. Don’t get us wrong, we love New Year’s Resolutions! The dawning of a new year fills us with energy and motivation, and we start the day on January 1 determined to stick to them. But…more often than not, by this point in the month we’re already starting to feel our resolve slipping. And we know we’re not alone in that! After all, if deciding to say “adios “to our resolution wasn’t common, there wouldn’t be a Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day on January 17, the day by which many of us have already decided to throw in the towel. It is estimated that by February, as many as 80% of us will have decided to forgo continuing with our resolution. But this year, we are determined to stick to our resolutions! Today’s flashcard is a great reminder that you can do anything you set your mind to. The phrase is “Tú puedes,” in Spanish, which means “You can do it,” in English. If learning a new language is your resolution this year, there are many great ways to work practice into your daily life. We’re fans of language labels, labeling items around the house with the word in the target language. We also like finding a great show or series online that we can watch to practice listening. Being entertained makes it feel less like work and more like fun! We’ve also found that setting small and measurable goals of studying 15-20 min a day makes the process seem much less overwhelming, and the goal more feasible. What are some of the ways you stick to your resolutions? No matter where you are, we hope that you enjoy your weekend and are already having tons of success in the new year. If you are struggling with your goals, remember “¡Tú puedes!” Have a great weekend and see you next week!

Rainy Days, días de lluvia- A Rainy Day Spanish Language Flashcard

Hello everyone, and Happy Friday! Here at Winter in Olympus we’re so happy that it’s finally the weekend, and we hope that you will all have a chance during these next few days to get some much needed rest! We’ve mentioned before how rainy it is where we are in Germany, and January is turning out to be no exception. Rain, rain, rain, the rain is constant! But although we can’t be outside as much as we would like, rainy days are a great opportunity to catch up on chores, read a book, try a new activity or curl up with a blanket and a cozy mug (one of our favorite mugs for a cold rainy day). In our house we like to make a little bit of time to review some of our language flashcards and learn some new words. Today’s language flashcard is one that we feel is very relevant for the rainy weather, “la lluvia,” or “the rain” in Spanish. It’s a great vocabulary word that is going to be useful to us in the next few months, as cold winter slowly turns to rainy spring. There are many ways to make the best of rainy days, what are some of your favorites? No matter where you are and what the weather is like, we hope that you are enjoying your Friday and finding a little time to learn something new or to do something you enjoy. Have a very happy weekend!