Translating Children's books
When I first learnt English, the teacher had me translate children's books. It helped me build confidence. And, I am now completing a University Translation Certificate.
Here is a wonderful link for downloadable German children's books. And, because the same books are available in English, you can read them in both languages (English and German) and develop your translating skills. They also have the books in French, Spanish and other languages. Here is the link. Enjoy!
Thank you! There are also Finnish and Swedish books! I've been looking for them since some time without any result, so...more thanks even!
Thanks for sharing that as it's really useful to know. Yes have a lingot from me as well!
Thank you for the link.
Having students translate children's books sounds like an interesting method. I have never seen or heard it used in organized teaching. Where did you study English, if you don't mind me asking? And how was the translating done exactly? In both directions? How much at a time? I guess the teacher then checked and corrected the translations?
Hi Utnapis, It was quite a few years ago. My father moved our family to an English surrounding. And, my brothers and sisters were all unilingual (French). So, we went to the local bilingual school. Half the day was done in French and the other half in English. We learnt English while learning Mathematics, History, and so forth, either in English or French depending on the day. And the teacher was totally committed in making this experience pleasurable. So she had us read story books and translate them even if we were very small. She would check our translations and correct us (individually). Still, it always felt like a game. In my case, I was only 9 years old. Needless to day that by the end of the year, all children in the class were bilingual. To this day, I still wonder how come this method has never been widely used.
As an adult, I used the same method for my son. He became bilingual at a very early age. And, he was able to register to an English University claiming that his mother tongue was English.
Enjoy your day, Carole
This link is great! You definitely deserve a lingot. Here is another from me. Thank you very much.