Let’s read in English, French or Spanish! This popular series of bilingual parallel texts for budding young linguists is now available globally on the iBookstore for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The stories come with ‘Read Aloud’, ‘Leer en voz alta’ or ‘Lis à haute voix’ buttons on each page so that you can hear a native speaker read the story to you.
Catherine Bruzzone, MD and Publisher at b small, praises the digital format for all it can bring to young langauge learners, “Here at b small we’ve always sought a bright, fun, colourful and personal approach to supporting parents who want to bring foreign languages into their homes. These versions, with their bright illustrations, exciting stories and in-built bilingual audio, are the perfect package. I’m especially excited by what this could mean for other languages close to our hearts for which UK print quantities are often quite low, such as German, Italian or even Chinese. These languages could easily be made available in this digital format with audio from a native speaker. Watch this space!”
There are eight titles in the Let’s Read! series, all of which will be released as audio enhanced versions in English-French and English-Spanish throughout 2012. Currently only via the iBookstore to allow fixed layout, colour and audio features.