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In Plain Language

By Malty the Blue Tiger Books

Welcome to In Plain Language, the speech and language podcast presented by Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual children's books. Here, you'll get invaluable tips from top experts to help advance your child's language skills — whether it's their native language or a new language.

To support the podcast, visit anchor.fm/in-plain-language and click "Support." Your contribution helps to provide families with free language and learning resources!

For bilingual books and audiobooks, visit www.MaltyTheBlueTiger.com.
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How to Teach Kids Language Through Music

In Plain LanguageFeb 16, 2021

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How to Teach Kids Language Through Music

How to Teach Kids Language Through Music

If you want to make language learning an even more exciting and successful journey for your child, music (and particularly salsa music!) is a great way to start. Tamara Marie, host of the Learn Spanish Con Salsa podcast, explains why and gives tips to get started in this episode of In Plain Language. 

You can learn more about Spanish Con Salsa by visiting www.SpanishConSalsa.com

Support the In Plain Language podcast to continue bringing free language and speech resources to families by clicking "Support" here: https://anchor.fm/in-plain-language.

Shop Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual books through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, and many other trusted retailers, or by visiting www.MaltyTheBlueTiger.com.  

Feb 16, 202118:32
3 Common Myths About Raising Bilingual Kids
Nov 30, 202017:36
The Importance of Getting Kids Access to Their Own Books at Home
Nov 09, 202018:09
Boost Your Child's Reading Comprehension (In Any Language!)
Oct 26, 202017:44
Support Your Child's Language Development at Home

Support Your Child's Language Development at Home

Strong language skills can set your child up for success in all subjects! If your child is spending more time learning from home than usual right now, they may not be exposed to the language-building activities they would typically have in school. 

In today's Season 2 kick-off of the In Plain Language podcast, Diane Paul of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association gives expert tips for supporting your child's language development at home — without it feeling like homework for them. 

Support the In Plain Language podcast to continue bringing free language and speech resources to families worldwide by clicking "Support" here: https://anchor.fm/in-plain-language.

Shop bilingual books and language learning resources at www.MaltyTheBlueTiger.com. 

Oct 12, 202016:06
Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten This Summer!

Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten This Summer!

What skills do kids need to have when they enter kindergarten? Should they know how to read, or how to count? What can you do if their preschool has been closed and they've been watching Frozen on repeat for the past four months? Not to worry: Carrie Shrier, an early childhood educator at Michigan State University Extension, has straightforward tips and strategies to get your child ready this summer (no cramming required). 

To keep your child learning at home, shop Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual books & audiobooks at www.MaltyTheBlueTiger.com or on Amazon now! These are the teacher-recommended resources that will teach your child language skills and help them embrace their unique voice.

This is our last episode of Season 1 of In Plain Language! We'll be back in October 2020 with new language learning resources for you and your family. Thank you so much for joining us!

Jun 18, 202013:12
The Fascinating Ways Video Chat May Impact Language
May 29, 202025:59
Helping Kids Move Past the Fear of Mistakes
Apr 16, 202017:39
5 Activities to Improve Your Child's Writing Skills

5 Activities to Improve Your Child's Writing Skills

Hi Malty friends — it's your host, Kelsey! Want to raise an incredible writer? As the author of Malty the Blue Tiger and a former journalist, I'm excited to share with you my favorite writing activities for kids, and how they can help inspire a love of writing in today's youngest authors.

If you're helping your child learn at home right now, be sure to check out our teacher-recommended bilingual books & audiobooks! (Psst: You can take an extra 15% off your order with the code PODCAST at www.MaltyTheBlueTiger.com.) You can also find our bilingual children's books on Amazon! These are the resources that will teach your child language and help them embrace their unique voice.

Have questions about speech, language, or writing, or simply want to chat? Come say hello! Send Malty the Blue Tiger a message on Instagram or Facebook, and I'll respond personally! You can also find plenty of free language and speech resources on our website. 

Apr 02, 202010:45
How to Keep Kids Learning at Home

How to Keep Kids Learning at Home

Many schools across the country are closed right now due to COVID-19. If your family is in this situation, we’re here to help with tangible, useful tips for keeping your kids learning at home — and tricks for when you feel overwhelmed.

We spoke to two homeschooling parents who have been doing this for a while: Julia Mederich, a mom of two (a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old) and the founder of Northwoods Children Homeschool Blog, and Syeda Sanjeda, a mom of two (a 9-year-old and a 10-year-old) and co-founder of Homeschool Panda. They have great tips for helping your kids think, grow, and learn from home.

For more activities and resources for learning at home, visit www.MaltyTheBlueTiger.com. We have plenty of free tips and resources, plus interactive bilingual audiobooks that teach kids Spanish! On our site, you can also snag a signed edition of our dual language books, which come with a motivational note for your little one.

See More: www.MaltyTheBlueTiger.com

Mar 20, 202016:46
The Kool-Aid Man, Malty & More! Top Storytelling Tips From Voiceover Artists

The Kool-Aid Man, Malty & More! Top Storytelling Tips From Voiceover Artists

Does storytelling occasionally feel more like a chore than a special family activity? Do you want your child to learn important reading skills AND to grow a love for reading? These invaluable storytelling tips from the pros — voiceover artists Sheli Baez (the voice of Malty the Blue Tiger!) and Brock Powell (the voice of The Kool-Aid Man!) — will help.

In this episode, you’ll learn how to use great storytelling to grow your child’s literacy skills such as reading comprehension, visualization, and critical thinking — and to turn them into an avid reader for life.

Follow Sheli on Instagram: @shelibaez

Follow Brock on Instagram: @brocktalks

Shop teacher-recommended bilingual books & audiobooks now! Take an extra 15% off your order with the code PODCAST at www.maltythebluetiger.com. These are the resources that will teach your child language and help them embrace their unique voice.

Mar 05, 202023:19
Why Do Kids Make Up Their Own Languages?

Why Do Kids Make Up Their Own Languages?

Did you ever make up secret words — or even an entire language — as a child? This can happen for a number of reasons, which we discuss in this episode of In Plain Language.

We'll be talking about kids who create languages for fun (a hobby that can actually be super beneficial!), kids who create code words with friends, and twin speak. Hear invaluable tips from linguist David Adger, PhD, of Queen Mary University of London and psychologist Joan A. Friedman, PhD, of Santa Monica, California. 

Don't forget to subscribe and review this podcast if you love what you hear! Those little things go a long way in spreading the word about this resource. You can shop teacher-recommended language learning books and audiobooks at www.MaltyTheBlueTiger.com (U.S. only) or find us on Amazon (globally). 

Feb 20, 202017:47
How to Use Audiobooks to Advance Your Child's Reading & Language Skills
Feb 04, 202018:03
Have I Missed the "Opportunity Window" to Raise Bilingual Kids?

Have I Missed the "Opportunity Window" to Raise Bilingual Kids?

The opportunity window refers to the first few years of a child's life in which it's said to be easiest for kids to become bilingual. But does that mean the opportunity to truly raise a bilingual child is out the window if your child is older? 

In this episode, we chat with Frances Evans, the founder of the blog Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes, who successfully raised a bilingual son. However, she was worried that she had missed the "opportunity window" when she started. She shares with you what she learned! 

You'll also hear from Cindy Medina, a high school Spanish teacher who has tips for teaching older kids another language. 

Shop Malty the Blue Tiger dual language children's books (available in English/Spanish or English/French) on Amazon today to give your kids new language skills and confidence in their unique voices. These books are essential tools for both bilingual families and new learners!

You can also sign up for our Malty newsletter now to get an exclusive discount on our digital language learning audiobooks for kids when they launch on February 4: https://www.maltythebluetiger.com/newsletter-page 

Jan 16, 202015:19
The 5 Best Public Speaking Tips for Kids

The 5 Best Public Speaking Tips for Kids

Speaking eloquently and confidently for a crowd is an invaluable skill — yet it's one that children are rarely taught, even as they’re expected to make great presentations as part of their academic success in school (think oral book reports, science experiment presentations, and social studies debates). However, you can instill this skill set in your child with these five easy tips.

We spoke to Lauren Mosback, a licensed professional counselor and author of My Sister’s Super Skills, and Herman Otten, a public speaking expert, to bring you the best strategies for helping your child rock school presentations and public speaking overall. By the end of this podcast, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge you need to raise an exceptional public speaker (or become one yourself — after all, these tips work for grownups, too!).

Shop Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual children's books (available in English and Spanish or English and French) on Amazon today to give your kids new language skills and confidence in their unique voices. These books are essential tools for both bilingual families and new learners!

Get your Spanish edition: https://amzn.to/2O0hBXH

Get your French edition: https://amzn.to/2K8GLSM

Love what you hear? Leave a review if you can — it means the world to everyone who contributes to and creates this show! Plus, we’ll be featuring some of your reviews on the air. You can also support this podcast with a small monthly donation at anchor.fm/in-plain-language. In doing so, you help to continue these important conversations about language.

Jan 02, 202017:31
How 3 Different Parents Are Raising Bilingual Kids
Dec 12, 201922:34
Expose Your Child to an Extra 1.5 Million Words by Kindergarten!

Expose Your Child to an Extra 1.5 Million Words by Kindergarten!

Consider this: A recent study from The Ohio State University found that reading to kids a certain number of times daily can expose them to nearly 1.5 million words from books by the time they turn five. Read-alouds are so important because they set kids up for academic success and expose them to far more vocabulary than they hear in everyday life.

In this episode, you'll hear incredible advice on how to expose your child to a robust number of new vocabulary words by kindergarten, teacher-backed tricks you can use to engage them in reading, and the effect it'll have on their academic success. We're chatting with Jessica Logan, lead author of the study and assistant professor of educational studies at The Ohio State University. We're also speaking with Maya Le Espiritu, elementary school teacher and creator of the blog and YouTube channel MaiStoryBook, which provides reading resources for children. 

You can buy Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual children's books (available in English and Spanish or English and French) on Amazon today to give your kids new language skills and confidence in their unique voices. These books are essential tools for both bilingual families and new learners alike!

Get your Spanish version: https://amzn.to/2O0hBXH

Get your French version: https://amzn.to/2K8GLSM

Love what you hear? Give this podcast a little love with a review — it means the WORLD to everyone who works so hard to contribute to and create it! (Plus, we’ll be featuring some of your reviews on the air.) You can also support this podcast with a small monthly donation at anchor.fm/in-plain-language. In doing so, you help to continue these important conversations about language.

Nov 26, 201920:49
How Is the Internet Changing Language for Kids?

How Is the Internet Changing Language for Kids?

Your kids are constantly surrounded by the Internet. Your iPhone? They beg for it constantly. Tik Tok? All their friends have it. Lit so much foji rn? They understand that in a second. 

But what type of effect does this exposure have on kids, from the youngest ones who are just learning the English language to those who have been speaking it for years? In this episode, you’ll hear from two incredible linguists and get intel on the origins of the latest Internet language trends. Get all of your shocked-face emojis ready, because this stuff is mind-blowing! 

You can buy Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual children's books (available in English and Spanish or English and French) on Amazon today to give your kids new language skills and confidence in their unique voices. These books are essential tools for both bilingual families and new learners alike! 

Get your Spanish version: https://amzn.to/2O0hBXH 

Get your French version: https://amzn.to/2K8GLSM 

Love what you hear? Give this podcast a little love with a review — it means the WORLD to everyone who works so hard to contribute to and create it! (Plus, we’ll be featuring some of your reviews on the air.) You can also support this podcast at anchor.fm/in-plain-language. In doing so, you help to continue these important conversations about language.



Nov 14, 201921:57
5 Smart Ways to Boost Your Child's Language Development

5 Smart Ways to Boost Your Child's Language Development

You want your child to grow a large vocabulary and excel in language. You want them to thrive in their reading ability, school life, and relationships with friends and family — all of which are directly influenced by language skills. Simply speaking around your young child is a great place to start, but there's much more that you can do. Follow these five simple, smart strategies to help your child’s language skills flourish, whether they’re learning their native language or another language.


Today’s experts are Diane Paul, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, the director of clinical issues in speech-language pathology at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Veronica Davis-Quiroz, a former foreign language teacher.

For more information on language development, visit www.identifythesigns.org and www.asha.org/public/speech/development/chart/.


Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual books easily teach kids language skills and celebrate every unique voice. Pick up your copy on Amazon today (available in English and Spanish or English and French), and consider supporting this podcast so we can continue these important conversations about speech and language!

Oct 31, 201917:35
Can Kids Get Accents From TV Shows?
Oct 17, 201920:37
Tips for Teaching Kids a Language You Don't Know
Oct 03, 201917:16
How to Help Kids Be Confident in Their Unique Voices
Sep 21, 201918:26