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Is the 'Thing Explainer' suitable for kids as to practice En

Postby ☺☺☺ » Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:47 pm UTC

Hello,
I was considering buying the Thing Explainer book for my little sister as a Christmas present. But even though the book might seem to be suited for children, I can imagine it's actually packed with hidden jokes only knowledgable people will understand. This is, of course, just my guess. I have not bought the book yet.

What do you think. She's 11 years old and learning English.

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Re: Is the 'Thing Explainer' suitable for kids as to practic

Postby Zohar » Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:22 pm UTC

I think kids who are interested in science will find it entertaining, and if there's some stuff targeted at adults then she can find out more as she grows up, which is great. As for the level of English, well it's purposefully simplified of course, so that should be good. One type of game you could play is "figure out what word is this supposed to be" (like "ten hundred" replaces "one thousand" etc.).
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Re: Is the 'Thing Explainer' suitable for kids as to practic

Postby ☺☺☺ » Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:07 pm UTC

Well I ordered it. I'll ready it and make my decission. If I'll fnd it unsuitable, I'll give it to my best friend who already has the What if book.
The fact that this site has password length limit kinda disappointed me. I would expect more after reading #936. Because I too don't like letter/number combinations. I usually use movie and game punchlines and song refrains for passwords.

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Re: Is the 'Thing Explainer' suitable for kids as to practic

Postby Sableagle » Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:36 pm UTC

I have two copies and I can't remember why. I just opened the box and started reading one and I think it is suitable for children. The bit of the soft cover inside the front hard cover says it's suitable for anyone aged 5 to 105.

There may be some issues of them being frustrated by the lack of big words, but as a way of explaining what's going on, it's great.

This was one of the things I liked about Molecular Biology of the Cell: that someone who'd just passed 16+ biology could start at the beginning of the book and read through it to the end, understanding it. Along the way, I had to occasionally accept that "this shape of ink on the page" was a thing, and that thing was as described. Thing Explainer saves you having to do that by not showing you that shape of ink on the page.

You could always give it to the child anyway, with an instruction to start reading a page, then if it's not interesting move to the next page. Most 11-year-olds can probably be trusted to know whether they're finding something like this interesting or not.
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Re: Is the 'Thing Explainer' suitable for kids as to practic

Postby ☺☺☺ » Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:05 pm UTC

Most 11-year-olds can probably be trusted to know whether they're finding something like this interesting or not.

That's a very good point. And actually, my little sister is extraordinarily honest.
The fact that this site has password length limit kinda disappointed me. I would expect more after reading #936. Because I too don't like letter/number combinations. I usually use movie and game punchlines and song refrains for passwords.

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Re: Is the 'Thing Explainer' suitable for kids as to practic

Postby Felstaff » Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:52 pm UTC

☺☺☺ wrote:might seem to be suited for children, I can imagine it's actually packed with hidden jokes only knowledgable people will understand.

The same could be said for Shrek, and kids seem to lap that shit up.
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Re: Is the 'Thing Explainer' suitable for kids as to practic

Postby eran_rathan » Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:37 pm UTC

My 9 year old daughter adores it. We've had fun with the game of "What does this convoluted thing mean?"
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Re: Is the 'Thing Explainer' suitable for kids as to practic

Postby MadeleineW » Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:40 am UTC

I've ordered it in German for my lad who needs to improve his German. I'd like it also for the other son who's in the French stream instead.

Would anyone know if there's a plan to do a French version?

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Re: Is the 'Thing Explainer' suitable for kids as to practic

Postby Kewangji » Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:27 am UTC

Given that the ten hundred most common words in French are useless things like eighty variants of "de" I think the translators to French gave up on this.

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Re: Is the 'Thing Explainer' suitable for kids as to practic

Postby flicky1991 » Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:35 am UTC

☺☺☺ wrote:I can imagine it's actually packed with hidden jokes only knowledgable people will understand.


You mean like xkcd? :D

Seriously, I think it must have been at least 8 years ago that I first started reading xkcd, and every read-through since I've understood more of the jokes.
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