Since graduating college last month, I have become obsessed with our used book store in town. I think I am actually excited that I can read something that isn’t required of me! A couple weeks ago in the foreign language section, I came across a Look and Learn Italian Picture Dictionary by McGraw Hill. Its too cute! Stella and I sit and read the picture words that are used in a sentence right below it, and she loves it! I love it too because simultaneously, I am learning with her. This is a book that doesn’t really teach pronunciation, but after living in Italy for several months years ago, I know how to read Italian (for instance i’s are pronounced ee). This book probably won’t allow you to speak fluently after reading through it, but its a great start for beginners like the kiddos, or if you are planning a trip overseas. If anything, you will be familiar with A LOT of words, which in turn will help you better understand.
Because getting this started is so important to our famiglia (see, I am learning already!), I am investing in a label maker. With this label maker I will label things around our home in Italian for her. When she begins to walk, we will teach her these words again by her interacting with them. I think this will really get this little daygo talking!
Until we can make time and money for real Italian lessons, this will work for now, and quite effectively I might add. So along with the Baby Signs she is already learning (hey, before she can speak Italiano, she needs to learn to communicate!), this will be her third language! At this point, we are not sure which one she will take to the most, but if at thirteen she is still referring to her dad by putting her hand on her forehead, I will post a blog about information language overload! Stay tuned!
With the picture dictionary we can be as diligent as we want about teaching/learning so it does not feel like such a commitment, and at around $10, it sure beats Rosetta Stone! I’m glad that we are teaching Stella her heritage and one day she will be a person that is very tolerant of other cultures. And of course, this will put Stella on her way to being one cultured, smart and chic traveling Mama!
You can go to Amazon and get yours!