022: Tim Johnson On How Dual Language Books Can Help Learn A New Language

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Today’s guest is very interesting because it’s the first time that we have an author of children’s books. You might even have heard about the book – The Adventures of Bosley the Language Bear.

The series of the cute bear and his adventures on the different languages. The author of this book is Tim Johnson. Unlike other dual-language books, the Adventures of Bosley Bear are specifically designed with the intention of teaching young children new words and phrases in foreign languages.  The teaching methods used allow children to learn at their own pace and enjoy the learning process.

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In this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast:

00:45 Introduction to Tim Johnson and the Adventures of Bosley the Language Bear

01:39 Tim Johnson’s family language portrait

03:00 What language did his mother speak to him?

03:39 Studying Japanese and living in Japan for 5 weeks

04:36 Tim Johnson on learning a new language for kids

05:58 What made him decide to write the Bosley Bear books?

09:32 Where did he get the idea of Bosley Bear?

11:32 What is the inspiration behind the book?

12:44 What can we expect from the book besides the language learning?

15:14 How a dual language book can help in learning another language?

19:24 The benefits of learning a language through Tim Johnson’s books

21:16 The challenges of learning another language – “Learning by the book”

22:07 What other languages does Tim use for his book?

24:20 Where can parents find the Bosley bear books?

26:07 Getting a positive feedback for the books

27:42 Closing remarks


  •  I’ve always had interest with Asian cultures and traditions. I took some courses. It’s how I was raised. It’s always been a passion of mine to learn another language.
  • I was daydreaming about having a family. I thought it would be interesting to have books that Daddy had written. – I tossed around an idea and had to come up with a main character.

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About Bosley’s Dual Language Books


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