Review: Joelito’s Big Decision (Multicultural Children’s Book Day)

Hi guys! So, some point last year I saw that there was a call out for book reviewers for Multicultural Children’s Book Day, which is taking place on the 27th January 2016.

The mission statement for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Team is:

The MCCBD team’s mission is to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.

I thought this was fantastic – it ties into everything I feel about languages and education (and the fact that promoting diversity can only be a good thing) – and so I signed up to be a reviewer straight away. If you’re interested in finding out more about the event, then the co-creators are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press.

The book that I was sent is titled Joelito’s Big Decision / La Gran Decisión de Joelito, which is an English-Spanish dual-language book, written by Ann Berlak, translated by José Antonio Galloso, and illustrated by Daniel Camacho. There’s a summary below, along with my review and activities!

Joelito Cover Two Boys Lo Rez

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5 Ways to Beat Loneliness as a Solo Language Learner

Hi guys! So the idea for this post came to me last week, when I took part in a languages-related Twitter chat for the very first time. The chat was hosted by Lindsay (from Lindsay Does Languages) and we were talking about self study vs. classes. You can read the round up here.

Basically, one of the points that someone (not me) made was that self study can get very lonely – and that’s true. But I think that, especially with the Internet, there’s plenty of ways to connect with other people and beat that loneliness, so I thought I’d share my five favourite ways to do that with you today.

5 ways to beat loneliness as a solo language learner

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New Year’s Challenge: Progress Report #002

Hi guys! Well, we’re now well and truly into January, aren’t we? Does it feel to anyone else like 2016 is moving faster than 2015, or is that just me?

Aaaaanyway, it’s been another ten days, so I’m back to update you all on my progress for my New Year’s Challenge. Again, if you don’t know what’s going on, go here. Then here. And then join the rest of us below. 😉

New Year's Challenge Progress #002

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Why I’m Learning Danish for the #uTalkChallenge

Hi, guys! So today I took part in a Twitter chat about the uTalk language challenge (which I mentioned in this post at the end of December). Now, I did also take part in this challenge last year, when I tried to learn Slovak – and I didn’t do so well (at the challenge. I learnt a fair bit of Slovak last year).

However, the Twitter chat was a lot of fun and my score is actually on track, despite my pronunciation struggles with Danish. As a result, I thought I’d share a little more about my motivations for learning Danish than I managed to in 140 characters earlier! 🙂

Why I'm Learning Danish for the uTalkChallenge

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Learn English Through TV: Modern Family S01E02

Hi, guys! It’s Tuesday again, so like I said last week, I’m back with another Learn English Through TV workbook for you all – and I have a little bit of a bonus exercise in this post too!

Learn English Through TV

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