Linguiblog!

Introducing Linguipod's Teaching Resources

- By Jo

Greetings!

We're excited to let you know about our new free teaching resources page at http://linguipod.co.uk/language-tutor-resources. Here we will be adding lovely multi-lingual resources for use with your students. 

We currently have some rather neat beginner-level language resources, including some worksheets to label hair, eyes and facial features. They are non-language specific and can be used in a variety of ways, for example to learn or test vocabulary or as part of a listening or reading comprehension activity.

I have used the blank faces to teach hair and eye colour with my students this week as part of our descriptions topic - and the 11 and 12 year olds in my class loved them! I wrote some accompanying descriptions in French and the students added correct hair and eyes according to my description. They also designed their own versions and wrote descriptions of these too. They really enjoyed working on these and produced a lot of language -  what a great, fun way to practice!

We also have a lovely colour by numbers resource to learn colours in French, Spanish, German, English and other languages.  This could also be used as a revision or a lead-in activity to descriptions work. 

Please do take a look. We will be continuing to add more, so do check back regularly. Happy teaching! :) 

       

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi - St David's Day

- By Jo

Picture: /blog-files/blog/w288/st-davids.jpgDydd Gŵyl Dewi

Today is a very special day (dydd bwysig iawn) in the Land of My Fathers (Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau).  Not only does March 1st mark the end of winter (Y Gaeaf) and the beginning of spring (y Gwanwyn), it is also St David's Day (Dydd Gŵyl Dewi) the patron saint's day (Dewi Sant).  It is a day for celebration,  through poetry and song (beirdd a chantorion) in the ancient language (yr hen iaith), for sharing of culture and stirring the spirit in Eisteddfods (Eisteddfodau) and in festivals of sacred hymns (Cymanfa Ganu), and for wearing your leek with pride.

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus i pawb, hwyl fawr iawn.

       

International Mother Language Day

- By Jo

Today, 21st February, is the UN's 'International Mother Language Day'. It is a day to celebrate the wonder and diversity of all languages and cultures around the world, and especially remember those who have found themselves under threat due to their language and culture, both in the past, and also today. 

The origins of this day are steeped in tragedy. On 21st February 1952, millions of students took to the streets in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in order to protest about the Pakistani government, who at that time refused to recognise Bengali as an official language of Pakistan (and had tried to impose Urdu as the only official language). Four of these students were shot and killed by police during the protests.

In Bangladesh, 21st February is an important day in the country’s history and a chance to remember the past and also celebrate Bangladesh’s culture and language. People lay flowers at the Shaheed Minar (martyr's monument) in Dhakar to remember the protestors who died for their language and culture. There are also celebrations across the country, with many people enjoying parties and feasts.

At UNESCO, there are events on this day each year which promote linguistic and cultural diversity. In Barcelona, Spain, the “Linguapax Prize” is given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to linguistic diversity or multilingual education.  

Replicas of the Shaheed Minar monument in Dhakar have also been constructed around the world. There are replicas in both London and Oldham in the UK, and in other places where people of Bangladeshi origin have settled. An ‘International Mother Language Day’ monument was also erected at Ashfield Park in Sydney, Australia in 2006. It is engraved with the message "we will remember the martyrs of 21st February" in English and Bengali. 

       

Some love from Linguipod!

- By Jo

Love is in the air at Linguipod this week in the run up to Valentine's Day on Friday...and here's how to say those all important 3 words in lots of different languages. Do you know which ones they are? 

Lots of love, 

Linguipod x 

(P.S. Answers to follow...) 

 Picture: /blog-files/blog/w288/i-love-you-1.jpg

       

Developments here at Linguipod

- By Jo

We've had our doors open to tutors for about a week now, and we're really excited about it all! We now have tutors who can offer French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and English and we have taken enquiries from tutors of other languages too. All tutors who are live on our site can be found by students from day one.

Currently our main focus is growing the number of tutors on the site. If we find pockets of tutors in particular cities we will start to advertise locally. Our main launch to students will come in summer, however.

We are currently advertising for tutors, growing followers, friends and interest in our site and we'd love you to be part of it. If you are (or know) a linguist or a native speaker of another language and you (they) are interested in working with us, we'd love to hear from you (them). Spread the word! Merci Smile