Good Morning, all! We are having a record breaking week over here at Give1 Save1! The Mortellites have made over $1600 (this, embarassingly, makes me cry a little bit every time I check my email). Thanks for all that. There's still plenty of week left, so keep on giving if it makes you feel good.
Oh, you know who else likes giving? Amy Kendall, author of Simple Language for Adoptive Families. She has generously donated 5 copies of Simple Amharic for Adoptive Families and we're holding a little giveaway right here. I'll let Kelly and Nick tell you a little about their experience with the language.
I have the book and we are steady plugging along with it. The thing I love about this book is that it comes with a CD so I can slowly hear what it's supposed to sound like, and it's written out the way you are supposed to say it. You don't have to learn all the grammar laws and you don't have to learn how to chit chat. You learn what you need to say to your kid when they have NO idea what you are talking about and you're about to put them on a PLANE. You learn how to ask if they are sleepy or hungry or if they have to go to the bathroom. And you get to learn how to say "I am your mom" and "You are my daughter". I love that. It bridges the gap until they start learning English a bit better, but more importantly provides much needed familiarity and comfort to the child.
So, if you are adopting from Ethiopia, or thinking about it, this book is the way to go. Want one? I've got five and there are five ways to win. It all goes down in the comment section. You'll get one entry for sharing on facebook, one for liking Give1 Save1 on facebook, one for a comment telling me why you'd like to learn Amharic, one for a blog post, and one for donating to the Family of the Week, the Mortellites. Just tell me what you did in the comments section.
And suppose you're adopting from somewhere else?... Well, Simple Language also comes in Chinese, Haitian Creole (hopefully I'll be needing this one someday), Spanish, and Russian. If you don't win a book, hop over here and buy one. For $30 it's well worth the purchase. I use mine in the car when I go pick Will up from school, but the book is compact and easy to take around. I highly recommend. So good luck! We'll let you know who wins on Saturday morning.
Have a good one,