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Can You Greet the Whole Wide World?: 12 Common Phrases in 12 Different Languages

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You can begin the day by saying, “Good morning!” Or you could say, “Guten morgen,” or “buon giorno,” too. They all mean “good morning” in different languages!

In this book you can learn how to say “thank you” and “please” in Chinese and “no” in French, and “yes” in Zulu.

Twelve common phrases, twelve very different languages (German, Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Hindi,
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 22nd 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Lisa Vegan
This is a fun book. The English language story includes simple rhymes that take a child (cat actually and the rest are human children; I found that slightly weird but I suspect that kids will accept this without questioning) through a school day and then the rest of their day, and each of 12 pages lists a word or phrase and then gives the translation for that word or phrase in twelve other languages. The pronunciation of all is also given, which is very helpful for languages unfamiliar to the re ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Jacey rated it liked it
I like how this book introduces common phrases in 12 different languages. I think children should know at least some of these phrases in the most common languages (maybe not Hindi or Zulu) as part of their basic knowledge. It shows the diversity across ethnicities and makes kids more open to differences. I thought it was very interesting how the main character was a cat instead of a human like all of his peers. I like this idea, though, because it doesn't favor a certain ethnicity or show one as ...more
Kara Buck
Feb 21, 2016 Kara Buck rated it really liked it
This is a good book that shows different ways of saying common words or phrases in different languages. It even shows where these different languages are spoken on a map in the back of the book. This book is very educational and I think students could have a lot of fun with it. I chose this book because it would be a great tool to teach some easy words and phrases to my class in different languages.
Dec 13, 2015 Ananya rated it it was amazing
A great book to introduce rhymes as well as 12 different languages of the world. My daughter is 3.5 years old. We pick one language every day to make it interesting to read. She loves it.
Sep 26, 2014 Nora rated it it was amazing
I am definitely getting this one for my school!
Oct 31, 2010 Dianna rated it liked it
I didn't love the pictures or the text, although they were serviceable; what I loved were the twelve common phrases presented in twelve different languages, complete with pronunciation. My four-year-old is very interested in other languages lately, so this was just right for him.
Jun 13, 2013 Marilyn rated it it was ok
Fun drawings and a good introduction to other languages and cultures, although trying to learn 12 at once seems overwhelming. Some of the way the phonetic pronunciations were written were inconsistent but (for the languages I'm familiar with) sounded accurate enough.
It has a lot of different languages that compares one word on every spread, there is also the pronunciation of every word in the different languages. The main character is a cat. Short text and colorful illustrations.
will be adding these greetings to my answer machine
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