Kids take a pretend flight to Mexico and France!

“Martialay has a passion for teaching children foreign languages and it comes across in the book. I loved it and plan on buying the French one next. An excellent resource for teachers, parents, educators and even grandparents. A must own!”

Buckle your seatbelts!

Your child (ages 6-10) is about to take off on a trip of adventure, discovery and learning with Judy Martialay’s award-winning series: Bonjour! Let’s Learn French and Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish.

Kids take a pretend flight to Mexico and France with guide Pete the Pilot. Easy to use, whether or not you know Spanish or French!

There’s a free downloadable audio version at Download before using book.

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More reviews:

“Whether you are a parent hoping to broaden your child’s linguistic skills, or a teacher studying other cultures with your class – you will find Bonjour! Let’s Learn French (and it’s companion book, Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish) a painless way to begin your journey.” –Amazon Review

 “This is one of the most informative, well-written children’s tutorials I’ve ever had the pleasure to review. As a former teacher, I was impressed by how many additional teaching tools Judy Martialay included with the base story. Imagine being provided with a skit, a cute song, and a short art lesson on impressionistic painting – none of which you had to create for yourself to extend the story. Martialay has done teachers everywhere a big favor by including these value-added features.” –Amazon Review


¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish

(Book includes picture of a bean field on a hot summer day in Mexico, audio provided)

Cri …Cri…Cri say the crickets. They are chirping under the hot sun that is shining down on the bean field. The beans los frijoles are growing in their rows of plants. Nothing is moving.

Look! –¡Miren! Something is moving. It’s jumping! In fact, it’s jumping towards us!

Hola, niñosMe llamo Panchito, the Mexican jumping bean. Look how high I can

jump. ¡Miren!

Panchito jumps around the field. He wants to talk to los frijoles.

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?” says Panchito.

But los frijoles don’t answer. They don’t talk or play. They are not

jumping beans like Panchito. They just stay in one place and grow.

It’s lonely here on the bean field with no friends to play with.

Bonjour! Let’s Learn French

(Book includes picture of a beach on a hot summer day in France. Audio provided)

“Arlette, bring more water!”

Arlette runs to the water’s edge, where the waves roll onto the shore, foamy and bubbly. The sea is a bright blue bleu under the summer sun. It’s a beautiful day at the beach à la plage. There is a boat un bateau in the distance.

Arlette scoops up water with her pail to mix with the sand. Pierre, Arlette and the other children are making a castle un château out of sand le sable. The children pat the sand and water together to form the walls of the castle le château. Marie and Jacques make towers. Pierre has some toy soldiers who will stand guard on the towers, protecting le château de sable.

About the author:

“Hi, I’m Judy Martialay. I live in Sea Cliff, N.Y. with my husband. My daughters are grown up. I have a toddler granddaughter.

“I have lots of interests; I am a guitar jammer, a painter, gardener, knitter, volunteer, and I love to cook (but have to watch my sugar). I studied Japanese but had to give that up when my Japanese friend with whom I exchanged lessons moved away.

“I retired from teaching foreign /world languages, and now I devote time and energy to advocacy for foreign language study for the Public Advocacy Committee of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT).

“Foreign language learning is an uphill battle in the English-speaking countries. I think, though, that more parents are becoming aware of the many benefits of being bilingual, and they want their kids to learn languages.

“I wrote the books ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Languages and Bonjour! Let’s Learn French because I want every child to have the opportunity to learn a world language at an early age. This is the best time to start learning a language. Children’s brains are wired for learning languages. They have a better chance for acquiring native pronunciation, and they have ample time to become truly proficient in the language.

“I often hear the comment from teachers of young children:” Children absorb languages like sponges.” My granddaughter hears Spanish every day; she has an au pair girl who speaks to her in Spanish. She understands everything.

“I want children and their parents to enjoy the experience of learning languages. It is an adventure into the soul of another world. If your child continues study of a language, he or she will have a skill that will provide life-long benefits.”

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Post #23 of the holiday blogroll for participants in Indie Authors Monthly.

Today, I Will Not Let Someone Shame Me Into Silence

(This post may not be what you expect from the title, and I acknowledge that.)

I saw this article on Facebook, which is where I seem to get 90% of my news.

It came from the Daily Mail, which made me hope, for one single moment, that this would prove to be a hoax.

I don’t think it is. And even if it turns out to be so, it doesn’t change the reality for others.

Here it is. The words, they are not pretty. But they are real. So too are the pictures, if you click through.

Writhing in pain as its fur is ripped from its skin, shocking footage reveals brutal treatment of rabbits bred in captivity for the angora trade

In a word, it’s horrible.

On Facebook or otherwise, I don’t usually advocate the shock-horror type of posts with the graphic pictures, because it’s too easy for people to turn away or deaden themselves to it.

Those are natural reactions that take work to overcome, the same way it takes work to develop empathy.

But: Social media as a whole is a prime tool for spreading awareness. My own channels may only go far, but adding a signal boost as a component to all the other ways to help halt abuse we as people willingly inflict and support–that’s one big yes.

And that goes for anything else!

We all know the kind of person who says, “Instead of talking about it, do something about it!” without bothering to give you the benefit of the doubt that yes, you are capable of both talking and doing.

We also know the type of person who channels their energy into derailing tactics such as, “But you’re talking about only this one thing right now and not these 16 Other Arbitrarily More Important Things simultaneously, so therefore you don’t care about them and are a bad person!!”

I’ve come across both types. Neither of them proved worthy of my time or energy.

This is also why I’m not going to translate not “liking” or commenting on this post into not caring.

Over this past year, I’ve seen a lot of my friends and acquaintances open up about hidden things: Illnesses, feelings, plans, hopes, challenges.

Almost invariably, each post ends with, “I feel better for sharing this.”

That “sharing is caring” adage works internally, too.

So along with my main point, which is something along the lines of, “We all need to do More Better at putting the humane into humanity for all living creatures, ourselves included,” with an adjacent thought-process akin to a whirling Catherine Wheel (the firework pinwheel, not the other kind) comprised of Resources! Local groups! Petitions! that haven’t fully manifested, I offer this:

Don’t let someone shame you into NOT talking about what matters to you, online or off.

Keeping communication open is the clearest way we’re going to make things More Better. Money helps too, of course, but without communication, we are sunk.