A new book for kids about foreign languages

Foreign
Languages: What they don't always tell you


The book is called Foreign Languages: What they don't often tell you. It aims to give children an awareness of foreign languages. It mentions lots of different languages: Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Russian, etc. On the left-hand pages there is text, and on the right-hand pages there are quiz questions with multiple choice answers. The book is divided into 15 short parts:
  1. Languages of the world
  2. Similarities between languages
  3. How languages differ: by their grammar
  4. How languages differ: by their alphabet
  5. Chinese writing
  6. Japanese writing
  7. Writing numbers in different languages
  8. Different ways of writing English: Braille, Morse, shorthand
  9. Phonetic and simplified English spelling
  10. Languages in Australia
  11. Why is translating so hard?
  12. The need for a common language
  13. Why can't everyone learn English?
  14. What is Esperanto?
  15. Why is Esperanto easier to learn?

Answer quiz questions

Approximately how many different languages are there in the world?
  1. 20
  2. 200
  3. 2000
  4. 5000

In which language are the following words written?

Пожалуйста, где здесь касса
  1. Greek
  2. Russian
  3. Hebrew
Who created Esperanto?
  1. Kevin Rudd
  2. Michael Jackson
  3. Ludwig Zamenhof
  4. Albert Einstein


The third edition of this book, published in January 2009, can be bought for AU$8.00 + $2.00 postage to anywhere in Australia from the author. It can also be bought online through UEA (based in the Netherlands).

The first two editions were called Mummy, why can't we all speak the same language?.


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