In an effort to make it easier for Syrian refugees and their children to integrate and communicate with volunteers in their new home in Germany, author Casper Amster and his wife, illustrator Anna Karina Birkenstock, working with the German publisher arsEdition, have created a new interactive 150-word picture dictionary.
The idea for the interactive book came from the observation that most refugees do, perhaps surprisingly, have smartphones. The book, which was put together in just three days using PubCoder, is called Das Willkomens ABC (“The Welcome ABC) immediately sent to #1 on the iBooks charts.
This is a great example of how technology can directly help people. This very straightforward approach works wonderfully. The Willkommens ABC is in alphabetical order and gives examples of common and useful words for each letter. This online resource has now been downloaded thousands of times and the developers plan to update their version shortly. The examples are in English and German
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