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I asked my soon to be 9 yr old what he would like for his birthday, and after a few moments, he replied

 

"Nothing, I have everything I need."

 

 

I have asked a couple of times over the past few months, and he always answers the same way.

 

I would like to get him something, I don't want him to look back when he's older and say we never got him anything.

 

I had thought about getting him a Polish phrase book/dictionary. He wants to learn Polish. We have no Polish family, none of our friends are Polish, but he wants to learn it. He also loves dictionaries. He "reads" through some Russian dictionaries I have. Would this be too weird of a gift?

 

I'm not sure what else to get. He does not play with lego, hates sports, loves books, thinks history if fascinating and loves different languages. Any ideas?

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My idea is that my ds should spend a few weeks at your house! He's about to turn 8 and has a list a mile long!

 

Books are always good presents here. Load him up!

 

Could you give him a few lessons from a Polish person?

 

A tree to plant in your yard or 100 acre wood. :)

 

A tent or telescope.

 

Binoculars.

 

A day trip somewhere.

 

If all else fails, give him some money to donate to a well-researched cause in his honor.

 

He sounds like a thoughtful, well-mannered young man.

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I Bought a nice, leather bound journal when ds 9 was born, thinking i would write letters to him each year on his birthday, or something like that :001_huh:

 

Well, here I am, 9 years later . . . no letters :tongue_smilie:

 

So this week, I proposed the idea that we write in it together as a joint journal - I can write to him, he can respond, and vice versa.

 

If your ds prefers to keep his own journal, that would be nice too.

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I'd load him up w/ books as someone else suggested & perhaps make a donation to a charity in his name.

 

Some books that might be interesting:

Reading the OED

The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

 

Rosetta Stone has Polish (yikes -- expensive!)

 

And not to be an enabler or anything ;), but Oxford University Press is having a sale right now....

 

Any history classes or activities he could take at a local museum? Or, find a reenactment group that might appeal & get him involved in it?

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He sounds somewhat like my 11 yo.

 

I would honestly give books. If he wants to learn Polish, why not invest in Rosetta Stone for Polish? It sounds like he would understand that it's a special choice for him because that's what he wants.

 

You could give him a giftcard to his favorite bookstore and just let him pick out whatever he wants. "Hey, here's $60, go pick out your books. I'll sit here and have some tea and you can come get me when you have what you want."

 

My 11 yo would think that was the greatest thing ever.

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I asked my soon to be 9 yr old what he would like for his birthday, and after a few moments, he replied

 

"Nothing, I have everything I need."

 

 

I have asked a couple of times over the past few months, and he always answers the same way.

 

I would like to get him something, I don't want him to look back when he's older and say we never got him anything.

 

I had thought about getting him a Polish phrase book/dictionary. He wants to learn Polish. We have no Polish family, none of our friends are Polish, but he wants to learn it. He also loves dictionaries. He "reads" through some Russian dictionaries I have. Would this be too weird of a gift?

 

I'm not sure what else to get. He does not play with lego, hates sports, loves books, thinks history if fascinating and loves different languages. Any ideas?

 

oh my...I am Polish, here we go:

 

bilingual Polish-English historical comic books:

http://www.polandbymail.com/get_list_371.htm

trilingual Polish legends:

http://www.polandbymail.com/search.asp?p=1&c=&t=adv&sp=&m=0&pt=BEL&po=&ex=2&fr=&icon=

bilingual Bible:

http://www.polandbymail.com/get_item_bk2579_childrens-bilingual-bible-eng-pol.htm

Polish kings and royal families:

http://www.polandbymail.com/get_item_bk2352_polish-kings-royal-families.htm

Kosciuszko and Pulaski:

http://www.polandbymail.com/get_item_bk2378_twice-a-hero.htm

art books:

http://www.polandbymail.com/get_list_382.htm

well known stories on DVD in Polish:

http://www.polandbymail.com/get_item_dv161_please-mr-elephant-prosze-slonia-pl-dvd.htm

http://www.polandbymail.com/get_item_dv162_adventures-of-koziolek-matolek-przygody-koziolka-m.htm

http://www.polandbymail.com/get_item_dv166_secrets-of-the-wicker-bay-tajemnice-wiklinowej-zat.htm

 

learning Polish:

http://www.polandbymail.com/get_item_bk2554_say-it-the-polish-way-book-cd.htm

and this program goes with this website:

http://www.oneness.vu.lt/

 

http://culture.polishsite.us/articles/art252fr.htm

http://www.polonia.com/Search.aspx?k=hurra

http://www.polonia.com/Search.aspx?k=jak+sie+masz

http://www.learn-polish-language-software.com/overview.htm

http://www.polish-translators.com/grammar.html

http://www.cilt.org.uk/faqs/polish.htm

http://polish.slavic.pitt.edu/

http://www.amazon.com/Oxford-Picture-Dictionary-English-Polish/dp/0194346501/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b

 

http://www.polandbymail.com/get_dept_145.htm

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We were given a great book, The Dictionary of Languages by Andrew Dalby. It's awesome for language buffs. It was given to us by my good friend who is a linguist. He also gave us Letter Perfect: The Marvelous History of Our Alphabet from A to Z by David Sacks.

HTH

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I had thought about getting him a Polish phrase book/dictionary. He wants to learn Polish. We have no Polish family, none of our friends are Polish, but he wants to learn it. He also loves dictionaries. He "reads" through some Russian dictionaries I have. Would this be too weird of a gift?

 

I'm not sure what else to get. He does not play with lego, hates sports, loves books, thinks history if fascinating and loves different languages. Any ideas?

 

I don't give many 'tangible' gifts to my kids on their birthdays - in part, because we have such a large network of family and friends that are overly generous but also because when I look back at my own childhood the best celebrations were usually the ones that included 'experiences' moreso than netted a lot of 'things'.

 

I don't think dictionaries are a weird gift - but we're a family that reads through encyclopedias for fun and interest :D

 

Since your son is interested in things Polish, what about a basket of related books - dictionary, phrase book, cookbook, fiction/non-fiction relating to the area, et cetera. How about also including a few DVDs (rented? purchased inexpensively on Amazon? Netflix?) and making a day of it? Spend the morning learning a few quick phrases with one another, take the afternoon to prepare a Polish meal together, and then enjoy the evening watching a Polish-language film. Discuss over dinner or dessert.

 

Conversely, if he loves history - what about an afternoon at the museum, and perhaps a membership? (My kids get these, and we renew every year on their birthdays.) Take a relaxed lunch, and present him with a gift of a Polish language phrasebook or DVD.

 

My kids love languages, and we're not big TV watchers but they LOVE foreign language movies! My son picked up conversational Hangul (Korean) as a younger child by simply watching Korean (kids) films. It definitely helped him articulate the proper sounds for the language since none of us speak it and weren't able to help with that aspect.

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