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Do Baby Signs Programs (Sign Language) Make Smarter Babies?

To investigate the question of whether baby signs programs help children acquire language earlier or advance their cognitive development, in 2003 researchers J. C. Johnston and colleagues examined seventeen recent studies of baby signing. Johnston found that the studies did not support the big claims made by the infancy industry, that baby signs help make …

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Czech Customs and Culture

–          Do not go to someone else’s home without bringing flowers, or a sweet treat –          You are expected to remove your shoes upon visiting someone’s home, most homes will have slippers for you –          Czech culture means less private space, culturally, they are a lot closer than Western civilization –          They seldom call people …

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What to do when children reject to speak in the 2nd language

What to do when children reject to speak in the 2nd language (e.g. Spanish) Cases that worked (from Bilingual Edge p. 244-245) “• Anna (mother of Javier, age five): “We’ve had the most success using reverse psychology. Javier is super strong-willed and it’s actually helped at times to say to him something like ‘Spanish is …

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How to say ”Nice to meet you” in different languages

Finnish – Hauska tutustua Danish – Rart at møde dig Hebrew  – נחמד לפגוש אותך Dutch – leuk je te ontmoeten French – Ravie de vous rencontrer Turkish – Tanıştığımıza memnun oldum Arabic – نيس لمقابلتك Czech – Těší mě Chinese – 很高兴认识你 – Hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ Italian – piacere di conoscerti Polish – miło cię poznać Bulgarian – khubavo e da se zapoznaem – хубаво е да …

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Age 1 and Beyond, Popular French Children’s Books

Ages 1 to 4: –          Adele la sauterelle –          Adrien le Lapin –          Benjamin le lutin –          Camille la Chenille –          Cesar le lizard Ages 5 to 8: –          Caroline a la ferme (Probst, Pierre) –          Babar a la fete de Celesteville (Author: Brunhoff, Jean De) –          Les amis de Martine a la maison (Author: …

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Common Czech Cuisines

The traditional Czech cuisine consists of roast pork, with sour kraut and dumplings. Some popular foods all have the same sides, like soups, potatoes, and more. While the Czech Republic has recently turned the cuisine over to a healthier menu, one cannot forget what meals make the Czech cuisines memorable. Popular soups: potato, garlic, and …

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Persian Customs and Etiquette

Persian Customs and Etiquette                   Iranians protest compliments and attempt to appear vulnerable in public. They will belittle their own accomplishments in an attempt to appear humble, although other Iranians understand that this is merely courtesy and do not take the words at face value. When they are in public, they must conform to accepted modes …

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Persian Fun Facts

–       The for­mer name of Iran was Per­sia, which was in use till 1935. –       Per­sians have a dif­fer­ent lan­guage and iden­tity from the rest of the Middle East. –       Iran is one of the world’s old­est con­tin­u­ous major civ­i­liza­tions, with his­tor­i­cal and urban set­tle­ments dat­ing back to 4000 BC. –       Iran has croc­o­diles. It’s …

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