Re: [sig] writing for kids
> I suggest a visit to the children's section of your local library. Lookfor
> books that focus on geograpy. There are some great books about thefocus
> different states in the US as well as other countries. Read these and
> on the introduction. This should give you an idea of how to start yourOK, another question. I don't want to use too many Russian clothing terms.
> article. Also, remember short sentences and ask a child you know to proof
> read it. He or she can circle all of the words or sentences that are hard
> to understand. Good luck!
Should I call the panova "a sort of apron in reverse"? That's what I thought
the first time I ever saw a picture of one. I'm calling a navershnik "a
short tunic worn over the rubakha". I'm calling the svita a "coat". Is this
OK, or too "watered down"?
- In a message dated 4/3/2000 1:14:49 PM Central Daylight Time,
> "My first 1000 words in Russian"Yes, it's a pretty neat word book, even though a few of the pronounciations
are wrong, and I've seen it at Barnes and Noble and Borders.
- My advice is to do what we are told to do in archaeology...DRAW A PICTURE.
The saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" is very true for this
purpose. You are trying to describe very visual items and your purposes
would be much better served with diagrams. Think of the Richard Scarry
picture books where everything is labeled or the various types of picture
dictionaries. With this format, your booklet could appeal to the widest
age spectrum. You can include the Russian word in transliterated form, the
pronunciation and then include an explanation underneath or elsewhere (for
space purposes), like in a glossary. For non-visual things (or things you
don't feel like drawing), try a "question and answer" format. Make the
answers short and consise and easily understandable. You are only going to
be giving an (very useful) overview.
Things you need to consider:
The age of your intended group
The interests of your group
What you expect your group to get out of the booklet
Personally, I would call a panova a wrap-skirt that is open in the front.
> > It tells me that it probably has a place for tongs in the back and theshow
> > front is open for some reason.
> Actually, that is it, as far as anyone can tell. It's open in front to
> off the embroidery on the shirt.Then why don't you say "a apron that is worn on the back instead of the
front. It covers the back from the shoulders usually all the way down to
the knees. The only part that you'd see on the front is the ties."
WARNING I made that up based on the information above. It is meant only to
be an example of how it could be written.