My son Jan Thomas just had his fourth birthday. He has found out that it would be nice if he could read. He can read a bit already which has proved very practical. When he and his younger brother watches Thomas The Tank Engine he presses the Yes button to the question if the avi file should be repaired and, after twenty seconds, they can enjoy the next episode.
There is a problem though. He would like to learn to read in three languages. His mother’s Spanish, his father’s Norwegian, and his school’s English. On the market the other day we bought an English alphabet jigsaw puzzle set. The letter ‘a’ has a drawing of an apple, and the challenge is to find the pieces and join them. The problem is that apple in Spanish (‘manzana’) doesn’t start with an ‘a’, neither does the Norwegian ‘eple’.
Today we have tried to make an alphabet list for the three languages. This is what we have found.
English – Spanish – Norwegian
boat – barco – båt
hero – heroe – helt
elephant – elefante – elefant
jungle – jungla – jungel
lion – leon – løve
new – nuevo – ny
pear – pera – pære
rat – rata – rotte
sun – sol – sol
train – tren – tog
There are 16 letters missing. Can you help?
If your Norwegian is lacking, do English and Spanish, or English and French, or Italian, …
I am lettering on you so don’t letter me down.