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A clever multilingual alphabet to make life easier for little linguists. It works in 6 languages!
A clever multilingual alphabet to make life easier for little linguists. It works in 6 languages!
A clever multilingual alphabet to make life easier for little linguists. It works in 6 languages!
203 backers pledged AU$ 8,086 to help bring this project to life.

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The Little Linguist's Alphabet

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Missed the Kickstarter campaign? Please go to www.loveyourlingo.com

Pledges are in Australian Dollars. Here is an approximate currency conversion (as of 6 Dec): 1 AUD = 0.83 USD = 0.53 GBP = 0.68 EUR

Learning the alphabet can be pretty challenging for a child who thinks in more than one language. I witnessed my own bilingual daughter struggling and so I created this alphabet to keep her language experience fun and effortless.

This is Anna. A curious little linguist who likes to figure things out for herself:

But one thing Anna just can't seem to figure out is the alphabet! She just can't grasp which letter is which-they seem to change continuously! Mum says 'U for umbrella' but Papa says 'P pour parapluie'!

It is time we solve this problem for her, and all the other little linguists out there!

The Little Linguist's Alphabet is a multilingual alphabet that has 26 objects that all start with the same letter in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Dutch. Now D is always for Dinosaur no matter which language Anna is thinking in! Now she can finally grasp which letter is which and can build on that knowledge.

This alphabet is just perfect for mixed language families and classrooms as children can now identify the letters easily no matter which of these languages they are thinking in. It gives little linguists a chance to figure things out for themselves.

I believe this alphabet can help maintain a positive attitude to language and keep little linguists loving and speaking their languages!

The Little Linguist's Alphabet Poster (frame not included; minor edits may be required)
The Little Linguist's Alphabet Poster (frame not included; minor edits may be required)

The 26 objects are a lovely mix of interesting objects that any little global citizen will love to learn about. All the words have been checked by native speakers of each language. Original illustrations by Gabrijela Sklepić, in a cute and realistic style, make this alphabet really special and just perfect for any home, school or library.

As the alphabet works in any of these languages, monolingual and bi/multilingual children can all learn side by side as it all just works!

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A little more about the REWARDS:

THE POSTER - The Little Linguist's Alphabet as a beautiful 50x70 cm (standard size B2) print on high quality paper (ca. 250 gsm). Just perfect on the wall of any house/school/library/cafe frequented by children speaking any one (or all!) of these languages. Now your little linguist can take a closer look whenever they feel like it. All the words in all 6 languages are color-coded and printed around the edge to help the adults out!

THE E-BOOK - The Little Linguist's Alphabet in e-book format with AUDIO. Each e-page will show a letter and matching image with audio for each of the 6 languages to aid with pronunciation. Now your little linguist can be immersed in any of their languages. Very useful for parents who are not proficient in the language the child is learning. The book will be available in ePub3, KF8 and Nook Kids.

THE MINI-ALPHABET - The Little Linguist's Alphabet in a handy A5 size. Perfect on the table next to your little linguist as they learn their letters! A special thank you message for supporting this Kickstarter project will be printed on the reverse. Printed on 350 gsm card.

Mini-Alphabet (not final design); Printable coloring-in sheets
Mini-Alphabet (not final design); Printable coloring-in sheets

THE PRINTABLES - Endless fun with coloring-in sheets and cut-out alphabet dominos! A downloadable pdf-file comprising 26 pages showing Black and White images with each letter (the school kit will have editable text-I know how important font is!) along with cut-out alphabet dominos (in color). Print as many as you like!

The Budget

The funds raised for this project will go towards:

  • Printing the posters
  • Packaging
  • Order fulfillment costs
  • Shipping
  • Book layout design and conversion to e-book
  • Audio for the e-book
  • ISBN & registration fees
  • Kickstarter & transaction fees

All I need now is enough orders to make this project viable! Thank you so much for your support!

Shipping:

Most rewards are available for shipping worldwide. I plan to print in more than one location (probably Australia, Europe and/or USA) so we can keep shipping and carbon footprint to a minimum. Posters will be rolled and sent in cardboard mailing tubes.

Future Clever Things:

My head is just full of ideas for Anna and the alphabet-here are just a few:

  • More languages! I want to continue the search for more versions of The Little Linguist's Alphabet with more languages! I am already working on an Italian version...please check www.loveyourlingo.com for updates
  • A book about Anna (not the alphabet...something entirely different!)-I have already written it and Gabrijela Sklepić has agreed to illustrate it! It's not a regular bilingual book...it's a little bit special-you'll have to wait and see!
  • Real alphabet dominos! Great for when children already know their letters and need a bit of a challenge!
  • An interactive app with all the bells and whistles!

Acknowledgments:

An enormous thank you to Gabrijela Sklepić whose adorable illustrations have made this alphabet really special!

A special thank you to all the native speakers who checked countless words for me!

And of course, thank you to all my family and friends who have listened to a grown-up talk about an alphabet far more than any grown-up should!

Risks and challenges

Printing the poster:

The poster design is almost ready to go...just a few more edits. I have already researched some printing options, but will have to wait until the campaign is over to actually choose where to print. Production itself should be pretty straightforward as the poster is a standard size. I already have a beautiful sample poster hanging on my wall (which has been well-tested by my daughter!) so I know for sure it will all work out!

Shipping the poster:

I will use a 3rd party order fulfillment service for most of the orders. This professional service should ensure a smooth process.

The e-book:

This is my first e-book, so there will be some learning to do, but I have already identified an e-book publisher who will guide me through the process. They will convert the files and create the final product with audio, so it will be in safe, professional hands. It will take some time to finish the design and record all the audio in 6 languages, but besides that, I am expecting the process to be very straightforward.

All I need now is enough orders to make this project viable! Thank you so much for your support!

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    THE MINI ALPHABET - Receive 'The Little Linguist's Alphabet' in a handy A5 size. Perfect on the table next to your little linguist as they learn their letters! (see video 2.06)

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    THE E-PACKAGE - The Little Linguist's Alphabet in ebook format with audio (your choice of ePub3, KF8 or Nook Kids). Plus printables (pdf download): 26 matching Black & White images for coloring-in fun along with cut-out alphabet dominos (in color). Print as many as you like!

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    THE POSTER - The Little Linguist's Alphabet as a beautiful 50x70cm (B2) print on high quality paper. Hang it on your wall and help your little linguist love their languages!

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    THE FULL PACKAGE - The poster, the mini alphabet, the e-book and the printables. Create a common theme in your house that your little linguist can rely on. Now D is ALWAYS for dinosaur!

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    TWO POSTERS in one tube-save on shipping! One for you, one for a friend or the local school.

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    DOUBLE THE FUN - two posters, two mini alphabets, the ebook and printables...one set for you and one for a friend or the local school/library!

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    SPREAD THE LANGUAGE LOVE! 4 posters! Keep one, lend one, raffle one, donate one! Whatever you like!

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    THE SCHOOL KIT - 4 posters, 20 mini alphabets, e-book and printables (with editable font type on the coloring sheets-I know you need it!). Make sense of the alphabet for all your little linguists and keep them loving and speaking their language!

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    THE RETAILERS PACKAGE - be the first to stock this alphabet! 15 posters in individual tubes with a beautiful product label attached. I have a feeling these will fly out the door!

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