Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I Thought I Owned Every Usborne Book Out There...

but I was wrong. Having two girls, homeschooled, and a general lover of books, I thought we already owned every book out there. Our social worker suggested we learn a new language to help Aly get adjusted to her new family (and country). Which brings us to Usborne books.

Well, we own just about every Usborne book out there, including First Thousand Words in Spanish, but did you know that this series also includes Russian, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Hebrew, Latin, and Arabic.

Here is a list of words that I have learned so far... not too bad... yet
spaghetti - spagettee
pizza - peetsa
soup - soop
salad - salat
omlete - amlyet
milk - malako
yogurt - yogoort
banana - banan
lemon - leemon
popcorn - papkorn
soccer - footbol
tennis - tennees
karate - karate
baseball - beysbol
basketball - baskyetbol
gymnastic - geemnasteeka
badmiton - badmeenton
snowboarding - sno-oobordeeng
panda - panda
zebra - zyebra
tiger - teegr
leopard - lyeapard
crocodile - krakadeel
penguin - peengveen
dolphin - dyel'feen
pelican - peleekan
telephone - telefon
taxi - taksee
lamp - lampa
radio - radeeo
photograph - fatagrafee
pilot - peelot
guitar - geetara
calendar - kalyendar'
tractor - traktar
skateboard - skeytbord

We also picked up several items from the library:
• Russian: Learn in 4 Simple Steps! (CD's by Living Language)
• Basic Russian (CD's by Pimsleur)
and even The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Russian.

Wish us luck. If you have any advice or suggestions we are all ears!


*Overflowing* said...

Sorry we jetted out tonight...we were hungry and needed to let gma go home ;) So good to see you guys tonight!! We'll see you in a week at the next class...hehehe! We should do lunch together after the class! Hugs and see you then! ~stacy

Bethany said...

We had that book too! Sadly, we never did use it. LOL. We bought CD's that were adoption specific phrases in Russian ... is that one of the ones you have? If not, email me and I'll see if I can dig up what it was. It was perfect for what we needed!

Kira said...

I remember those Usborne books! I'm so glad they have one that can help us learn Russian. We'll need all the help we can get! :-)

Lacey said...

Hi there, we are adopting baby Joy from the same orphanage you are! I've been trying to find someone from this orphanage and Andrea said you will be the first to adopt from there. How far are you into your adoption? We already had our home study done so we are getting the i600A sent of and working on our dossier! Its nice to meet you and go on this journey together!
our adoption blog is bringmakaylamariehome.blogspot.com