Last week somehow seemed to be all about languages. September 26th, was (and will be next year) European Day of Languages: “Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent, the Council of Europe promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe”. … Continue reading Play in multiple languages in the 21st century
At the Drongo Festival for Multilingualism in Amsterdam last month, One Globe Kids left discussions of all the high-level, career-improving benefits of speaking more than one language to the adults. Our activity in the KinderLab was a success because it focused on one thing: More Languages = More Friends! The more languages you speak, the … Continue reading Speak More Languages, Make More Friends
Today I worked on the recording of Rido reading Aji’s Indonesian story in Dutch. Since Rido is half-Indonesian and half-Dutch, I knew I had the perfect narrator for this story. Also exciting, his mother has an amazing Indonesian restaurant in The Hague! Marrying a Dutch man was my first introduction to Indonesian food. While Jan … Continue reading Indonesian story, Indonesian narrator, and Indonesian food – what could be better?
Last night I hopped on my ‘moederfiets’ (mother bike)* and headed over to meet Julie and her parents. Julie will be the Dutch voice of Gabou from Haiti in the OGK series! I had done a short presentation about One Globe Kids for her class at school, which also happens to be the same school … Continue reading Recording Gabou’s Haitian Story in Dutch (plus a surprise!)
Like many things in life, you don’t realize how complicated and involved a particular project can be until you find yourself smack-dab in the middle of it. One Globe Kids is no exception, although definitely more fun than building a new bathroom from the studs up (so I’ve heard…) Each story … Continue reading What goes into each One Globe Kids story?
Since I started working on One Globe Kids some three plus years ago, I have traveled to 7 countries and spent time with 14 incredible children and their families. I have hired four translators, spent 104 hours in airplanes, and filled five and a half pages in my passport. I have recorded 24 different children, … Continue reading One Globe Kids: An Adventure-filled Journey