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!

Grab Your Umbrella!

Rain, rain, won’t you pleeeease go away? We’re not sure how the weather is where you are, but here in Hamburg, Germany it’s raining. A LOT. And it’s been raining…for MANY days. So we’ve got rain on the brain…and now on our flashcards. In honor of the rainy week, we’re sharing what we’re studying right now. Here is the German word for an object that you will almost definitely find yourself using during rainy days—umbrella!

Write a Letter!

Hello everyone! So we know that maybe people don’t write as many letters as they used to, but we still think that there’s something really special about receiving a letter in the mail–and especially when the letter is from a friend! Having some stationery on hand for special occasions is always a good idea, but having some on hand just to say hello is also a great idea. This week’s Monday product spotlight is the perfect card for saying hello, in Chinese! This design features a little girl standing beside a mailbox with a happy blue and pink bird perched on top. The writing reads “Write a letter to a friend,” in traditional Mandarin Chinese characters and in English. The inside is blank, leaving plenty of space for your thoughts! The back features a beautiful letter with the phrase “See you later” in traditional Mandarin Chinese characters and in English. Personalize it with your name so that everyone will know exactly who wrote the note!