If life as an expat is hard, say sleeping on wooden slats, then life as a homeschooling expat can be akin to snuggling up on a nice cement slab. I am a multilingual homeschooling expat and I don’t reside in a country that speaks any of my target languages. It’s frequently like sleeping on a bed […]
Summer time and living is easy… or is it the lovin? I am not sure, I can say that the bloggin’ definitely hasn’t been easy, in fact it’s been non-existent. Why’s that you wonder? Well for starters, I have been the equivalent of a single mum in Mexico for two months. That’s right, so desperate […]
Prisecolinensinenciousol, a parody by Adriano Celentano for the Italian TV programme Mileluci is sung entirely in gibberish designed to sound like American English. Confession: having not read the description when I first watched this, I spent ages trying to figure out what he was saying. D’oh.
I had the chance to meet Stuart Jay Raj tonight and discovered this fabulous video. For all you language lovers out there: wishing you a great weekend!
Today’s guest post takes a look at online education’s contribution to the world of language learning and the possibility of turning kids into hyperpolyglots capable of speaking an enormous number of languages. Despite the hyperbole, the access to instruction does have huge potential to teach kids languages, something often discussed on MultilingualMama, while they are […]
Adding to this blog’s discussion about language education is Roslyn Tam. This post discusses the importance of language education for students. Roslyn is a regular contributor at www.educationalleadership.com. English is the worldwide language of business and academics. Even though there are more native speakers of Mandarin Chinese than native speakers of English, English has more […]
Honest Language Lessons: Русский. I’ve never just reposted someone’s post and I’ll admit I was curious to see what the ‘Press This’ button does exactly. (Pretty much what it says on the tin…) The Greenery is a wonderful blog and I adore this post. It also fits in to my current thoughts on adult language […]
The short answer is no. I’ve been studying the Thai alphabet for the last 4 weeks. Thai has a lot of letters. Here’s what I’ve learned so far: CONSONANTS: There are 44 consonants Only 42 are now in use. I still haven’t understood what happened to the other two, and given all the things I am […]
Forget naff exchanges about the weather and where the bank is located. These dull as dishwater language basics may be tried and tested, but the end result, as far as I can tell, is a big fat FAIL.
Instead, check out this fabulous program Karambolage. It is made up of superb animations and covers fascinating topics like the origins of Cordon Bleue or how bunnies and eggs became associated with easter.
Drawbacks? You need to sit patiently through the annoying 40 seconds of disco beats and a dismembered head flotting around a black screen. Seems like a short amount of time but trust me when I tell you it feels like an eternity. (Disclaimer: part of this could be my sucky wifi connection). It is also only available in French and German.
No I am not referring to a sudden Gallic change of heart towards pasteurized milk and turning le steak tartar into le burger. That wouldn’t be evolved, just paranoid. I am talking about the amazing ability of dormant skills to switch on like genes under the right conditions. It’s how even if your child refuses […]