We're writing a letter this week that welcomes "M" to our house. This should include pictures of the house, her bed/room, the backyard, any pets, and--the points of this post--some photos of our family. I decided it would be cool if our photo included us holding a sign welcoming her. Since we'll want one of those at the airport anyhow, we made it with that in mind. So she'll get our welcome letter one day and see us holding this big yellow sign; then the next day she'll see us in person with the same sign.
A friend of mine is a native Russian speaker and helped write the Russian words for "Welcome, M" in the Russian alphabet block letters. Three skills I don't have: Russian Words in Russian Alphabet in Block Letters.
And considering that Rob's name, in Russian letters, looks like Pog and mine looks like, well, look:
Roughly translated phonetically, my name is Dzhulie. Jorge is Dzhorzh. Rob is Rob. But unless "M" has had a fair bit of training in the English alphabet, our names as written in English will be meaningless symbols. (She may read Rob's as "Yov"; the rest of us are nearly non-sense names to a Russian reader).
So I want to get these stenciled onto t-shirts. How fun would those be!? We could make one for her, too. Her name in Russian characters-as-read-by-English-readers looks like Mapnha. A little bilingual name fun for everyone.
The kids will spend a few hours this week filling in the letters once Rob has outlined them with a marker. And covering the rest of the sign with stars or snowflakes or other drawings.