When the target language is perceived as low value (for a number of reasons such as there being a small community of that minority language in one’s country of residence) it can be hard to find resources in that target language.
6 suggestions of how to source reading material in the minority language
- Ask friends and family to send books. Offer to pay for it and show your gratitude with a nice thank you treat.
- Bring resources back when you visit the home country. Fill your luggage with it! It will be hands down your most precious cargo. If necessary, post a parcel to yourself.
- Ask family and friends to give books or games as presents on birthdays and Christmas. I usually ask close family and friends to hand down any books and games in the minority language their children don’t need anymore.
- Check if your local library carries in minority language books. If they don’t, you may be able to order from other libraries in their consortium.
- Look at the languages section of your local bookshop. You might be surprised! If you can’t see anything – ask. They may be able to order them for you
- Google or search Amazon for books in the minority language.
- Order online. Many publishers and large bookshops will send books abroad
- Playgroups of the minority language often have a small library of books to borrow
- If none of the above is an option, why not create a Swap or Buy and Sell community for families in your town?