January 7, 2011 | Japanese
Baby Clothes in 30 Languages
Start 'em young.
Today was another snow day. Enough is enough. My California blood cannot take this.
Nonetheless, I decided to brave the elements to achieve a higher goal: errand running.
There I was, trudging down Columbus Avenue, listening to a Pimsleur lesson—which was prompting me to translate things like, “There are a lot of American cars in Japan,” “The child is not small,” and “Where does your family live?”—when I glanced to the right.
And saw a bunch of different languages in a store window.
The languages were on baby clothes, and the store was Älskling, which, I soon learned, means “darling” in Swedish. The owner happened to be there. Her name is Vivianne, and she is from Sweden.
Vivianne gave me a tour of rows of tiny white onesies, each emblazoned with the word “darling” in a different language. I think she said she had been doing this language line for about seven years. In total, 30 languages were represented.
So, baby shower coming up? For a smart, cute gift: 228 Columbus Avenue. (No, I have not been compensated for this blog entry.)
Onesies in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese…
…And in Other Languages, Too, for All Your Baby-Clothes Needs!