Learning Cebuano from Cowboy Inting and Carabao Butud
SAN FRANCISCO — From Esturya, makers of the first English-to Tagalog digital storybook, The Cowboy Inting and the Carabao Butud, now comes a Cebuano version.
Young and old alike now can read and learn one of the widely used languages in the Visayan region of the Philippines.
Set in the sugarcane-filled landscape of Negros Island, the story introduces Butud, a young carabao who gets the saddest news of his life one day when his best friend, a boy named Inting, says they can’t play together anymore: Inting is finally going to school.
The app takes the Diglot Weave approach – a technique in vocabulary learning where words from another language are gradually inserted into the English narrative.
The app features delightful illustrations by Dwight Gaston, a touch of Filipino music, audio narration and even a vocabulary list that can be reviewed any time.
“It’s our special projects unit,” said Robin Abello head of the series and founder of Akubo, “where we also do R&D and learn techniques that we use for our other products.”
Besides Cebuano and Tagalog, Inting and Butud also comes in Ilonggo – now all available on the App Store.
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