Hola! One of the largest challenges we often face is a communication barrier as Spanish is becoming an increasingly more popular language. Years ago my interest was peaked and I studied and received a degree in Spanish, so reading and reviewing this particular book was wonderful! If you have ever wanted to communicate and you are the non-Spanish speaking person this book will give you a wealth of background on words that allow you to communicate.
While there are no Maids in the Pittsburgh Frugal Mom home the book offers a lot of great phrases that anyone could use for traveling or even learning basic Spanish. The book’s intent is to educate the non-Spanish employer and their Latin Housekeeping staff but I actually found this to be a very useful book for words, and expressions that are used very frequently in the Spanish language.
The Maid To Translate book offers vocabulary by theme, along with room descriptions, tips for care and words for caution. Every room in the house is detailed with information from stopping the wash machine to scrubbing a toilet and turning on an alarm. In reality, this book would have been a wonderful teaching companion for me from my last few years of teaching Spanish to 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8th graders all of whom were just beginning Spanish and looking for phrases to just say so they sounded ‘cool’! The confidence level of the children would have been lifted with the phrases that they would be able to speak. I would often teach the children to speak in small sentences or to make nonsense sentences out of vocabulary we had learned. The book offers helpful phrases like:
Sweep and clean the floors ” Barra y limpie los pisos”
Water Department “el departamento de agua”
and many more.
Author, entrepreneur, and mother Maria Flores Shaw is debuting this new book, Maid to Translate, a beautifully illustrated, handy book that shares smart, quick housekeeping tips, cleaning instruction translations for non-English speaking staff, and creative home/care and organizing advice to simplify a busy lifestyle.
The book offers many practical words from couch to chair and everything in between. If you do have someone on staff, employeed that speaks Spanish, the book is an invaluable asset to help you help them and help yourself. A wonderful communication barrier breaker is only a few pages away.