Elfrida, AZ, August 20, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Adele Marie Crouch, dba: Creations by Crouch L.L.C., is making an attempt to produce bilingual books that will not only assist people in learning the language of their choice, but also to preserve (in some small way) languages that are in danger of becoming extinct.
According to UNESCO Endangered Languages it is estimated that, if nothing is done, half of 6,000 plus languages spoken today will disappear by the end of this century. With the disappearance of unwritten and undocumented languages, humanity would lose not only a cultural wealth but also important ancestral knowledge embedded, in particular, in indigenous languages. A number of these languages belong to the Natives of North America.
Adele was fortunate to find a native speaker from the White Mountain Apache Culture Center who was kind enough to translate Alphabet Alliteration. It is not uncommon to find words in a person’s native language or the language these books are translated into that do not translate. Such was the case with Apache. There are no words for animals not of the Apache homeland and some concepts/ideas do not exist in their language.
The White Mountain or Western Apache Nation consists of approximately 15,000 members, most of which live on a 1.67 million acre reservation in east-central Arizona. In this land their ancestors learned to be Ndee – The People. In addition to this group, there are the following Apache nations: The Chiricahua, Mescalero, Jicarrilla, Lipan, and Kiowa-Apache peoples. Though there are different languages, history, and culture, they are related to each other.
Adele’s children’s books have become popular with English as a second language students and foreign language students all over the world and are on the top 10 list of ESL study material on Amazon. Her website is filled with study material to help people study foreign languages. It includes - vocabulary lists, MP3 files, and even has a list of the questions one needs to know to pass the US citizenship exam. It is also a continual work in progress as more languages are added on a regular basis. All of this is free to the viewer. See:www.creationsbycrouch.com
She currently has translators for the following languages: Apache, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. If someone knows a native language that is not on this list and would like to be a part of her mission, please contact Adele at: Adele@creationsbycrouch.com Translators receive payment for their translations, a by-line on the front of the book, and a contact link on the website.
“Alphabet Alliteration” is a new twist on an old subject, learning the English alphabet. “How The Fox Got His Color” and “Where Hummingbirds Come From” are picture books for children ages 3 - 6 years of age. “The Dance of The Caterpillars,” a lesson in prepositions is designed for 2nd grade students. "The Gnomes of Knot-Hole Manor" is a chapter book targeting 3rd graders. It teaches words with silent letters and words that sound the same but are spelled differently.
"Catherine's Travels" is an historic novel that takes place in Missouri during the 1800's. Catherine and her family flee war torn Austria seeking a new life in America. Disaster strikes and Catherine finds herself alone in the wilderness.
"Catherine's Travels Book 2 ~ Lawson's Search" After Lawson's beautiful wife, Catherine, is kidnapped he embarks on a search that will take him across the United States, over the Rocky Mountains and into the land of the Navajo. Catherine will take a terrifying, yet rewarding journey with her husband's archenemy. Blue Eyes goes on a vision quest that will change his life forever.
Adele is an artist as well as a published author. Her books are currently available on the internet (Amazon and Barnes and Noble), through her web site (http://www.creationsbycrouch.com/), and on Kindle and Nook.