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!

 

Today is the Day to Train Your Brain!

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!

Hello 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”

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!

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)

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!

Flea Markets and Flashcards

Hello everyone, and Happy Friday!  For us at Winter in Olympus our weekend began with a trip to the flea market here in Germany. We love the flea market– the rows and rows of treasures waiting to be discovered are a fun way to spend a couple of hours  But being surrounded by so many cool things made us realize how many words we didn’t know! After all, there is nothing like wanting to ask about an item and not remembering what it’s called to help you remember a vocabulary word! So, to hone our flea market shopping skills, here’s a great word for a flea market staple– the lamp, “die Lampe” in German. What other fun things do you like to shop for at the flea market? Here’s to hoping that whatever your favorite item is, that you find it!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Hi everyone, and for those of you residing in the United States, Happy Labor Day weekend! As the summer draws to an end for us here, we’re celebrating by cooking our favorite foods on the grill before the weather begins to turn cold. There are a lot of delicious foods that are fantastic on the BBQ, and we’re getting hungry just thinking about it! So in preparation, here is one of the meals we love– a hamburger, or “la hamburgesa” in Spanish. We’ll be grilling some of these this weekend. But if you don’t like hamburgers or have special dietary considerations, there are lots of other yummy foods that taste just as delicious on the grill. Here’s to hoping that you’re celebrating the end of the season with some of your own favorites. Happy relaxing!

Apples for Fall

As the summer slowly turns to fall in our part of the world and everyone heads back to school , we’re looking forward to participating in our favorite fall traditions. So for the next several weeks we’re going to be getting ready by studying lots of fall related vocab words! Today’s vocab word is a great one, especially if you love to pick apples like we do. Apples are not only delicious, they’re also a thoughtful gift for a favorite teacher. Perfect for back to school! So here is the word we’re studying this week, 苹果 (píng guǒ) which is Mandarin Chinese for apple. We hope that wherever you are, you’re enjoying your own favorite traditions as the seasons change. Happy studying!

 

Back to the Books!

Whether it’s filled with foreign language learning books (we hope! 🙂 ) or with math, science, history or any other number of subjects, there’s nothing like carrying around a backpack full of textbooks to let you know that school is back in session.  Here at Winter in Olympus we remember well the feeling of a beginning of a new school year and all of those books! So in honor of the all-important backpack, today we’re studying the word backpack in Spanish “la mochila.” We hope that wherever you are, you’re enjoying the back to school season and looking forward to hitting the books for a new year. Happy studying!