Linguacious™ Game-Based Language Flashcards
Having fun is such an important part of language learning. If you're not having fun, it's understanding that you wouldn't want to continue. That's one of the reasons why I love incorporating as many games when I'm learning or teaching a language. Whether you're learning for the first time yourself as an adult or your children are working on a new language skill, it's so helpful to approach language learning just like kids too.
I recently got to try out these game-based vocabulary flashcards for Polish and I was so excited to see my 2 and 4 year old niece and nephew play with the cards. They are both native English speakers living in the U.S. and learning Polish. It's not always easy to get little ones excited about speaking another language so finding a new way to incorporate a new toy with language learning is brilliant.
I'm a huge believer in being able to see, hear, and repeat new words and phrases and you can do just that with the Linguacious™ flashcards. You see a picture of an item on one side the card and there is a code on each card that you can scan with the Linguacious™ app to hear a native speaker pronouncing the word. The word is also written on the other side of the card.
How to Get Kids to Speak Another Language at Home
Parents who are native speakers of the languages Linguacious™ offer explained that their children did not want to speak in the language at home until they started playing with the cards. As it turns out, many kids prefer listening to a stranger pronounce the word by scanning the app than having mom or dad "teach" them the words.
Co-founder Victor D. O. Santos, PhD described the thought process behind innovating this new technique:
The sole purpose of these flashcards is to serve as an entry point into a language, especially for kids. We want kids to feel a sense of achievement quickly and have fun, which is why we chose not to include grammar, sentences, etc, on our cards. The purpose is to peak their interest in that language and languages in general through our cards games and scanning the cards; that's it. In a few days, they are able to show off their knowledge of words in the language and get that sense of pride that will motivate them to move forward in the language.
Some of the Reasons People Love Linguacious™
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See a demo of me playing with the Polish flashcards, below.
It's so easy to use the app, scan the card, and hear the native speaker pronounce the vocabulary word!
My Honest Review of Linguacious™
There are so many aspects of language learning and I strongly believe you need to use a variety of methods including speaking, listening, reading, and writing to truly learn the language. The Linguacious™ Flashcards are great for language learners of all ages. There are so many different fun games you can play with the flashcards.
I had so much fun using these cards on my own as well as with my niece and nephew. They were super excited to see the cards and were immediately intrigued on how to play. They took out the cards and spread them out and picked them up one by one. We said each word in Polish and in English.
They both loved the red t-shirt card (because I was wearing a red t-shirt that day so it looked like "Ciocia's shirt" (Ciocia = Aunt in Polish) and the toy card (zabawki = toys in Polish). There are so many ways to play with and use the cards, it's a great tool in my arsenal for teaching Polish to others.
I plan on using these cards with my high school and adult students as well.
You can buy Linguacious for Polish directly here.
Make sure you check out more on Linguacious™' website and their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
Below are just some of the fun games you can play with the flashcards!
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What is the Eurovision Song Contest?
You may also know it as:
Melodi Grand Prix
Concours Eurovision de la chanson
Eurovision is the longest-running annual international TV song competition. It has been held, primarily, among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956. The competition was based upon the existing Sanremo Music Festival held in Italy since 1951.
Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the competition's winning entry.
How Can I Watch Eurovision From the U.S.?
I have been watching Eurovision for many years from all over the world.
I will be updating this post with links and updates throughout the week as new live streams appear for watching Eurovision 2018 live.
There is nothing worse than getting the "This is not available in your country." message!
If you do not have a VPN, here are the best options for streaming the Eurovision 2018 online from the United States:
LogoTV has exclusive broadcast rights for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2018. You'll be able to stream online, directly here on Saturday, May 12th at 3:00 PM EST/12:00 PM PST
Last year, we watched from the U.S. on Swedish national broadcast channel SVT and our friends in Canada did as well. It was a great stream, mostly in English with a little bit of commentary in Swedish. It is not geo-blocked and will be be streaming both Semi-Final 1, 2, and the Grand Final. This is a great option for those in North America looking to watch Eurovision 2018.
When is Eurovision 2018?
Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 at 21:00 CEST/15:00 EST/12:00 PM PST
Azerbaijan, Iceland, Albania, Belgium, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Israel, Belarus, Estonia, Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia, Croatia, Austria, Greece, Finland, Armenia, Switzerland, Ireland, and Cyprus.
Thursday, May 10th, 2018 at 21:00 CEST/15:00 EST/12:00 PM PST
Norway, Romania, Serbia, San Marino, Denmark, Russia, Moldova, The Netherlands, Australia, Georgia, Poland, Malta, Hungary, Latvia, Sweden, Montenegro, Slovenia and Ukraine.
Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 21:00 CEST/15:00 EST/12:00PM PST
How to Watch Eurovision 2018 Online From Around the World
If you are located in one of the 42 participating countries, you can watch the Semi-Finals and Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest live with your country’s public broadcaster.
You can also watch the contest live via the official YouTube channel, without commentary.
Get Familiar with Eurovison 2018 Songs on YouTube:
This year, my favorites so far are:
Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer - Light Me Up
This song is such a summer hit! I do wish the song was in Polish though...
Netta - Toy
Girl power with the incredible Netta! Her music is fun and powerful and will make you get up out of your seat!
Mikolas Josef - Lie To Me
He totally is giving me Euro Justin Bieber vibes!
Eleni Foureira - Fuego
Absolutely bringing the fuego and makes me want to dance! It's totally what I want from a Eurovision song.
Will you be watching the Eurovision 2018 Semi-Final tomorrow?
Let me know which country has your favorite song!
Who would you vote for if you could?
Tag me @speakathometonight on Instagram and Facebook and @speaktonight on Twitter and let's talk all things Eurovision! You know I will be watching!
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Women in Language & Why I Rap
Following the incredible Women in Language conference, I have been so motivated and inspired by the determined, creative linguistas and polyglots I had the pleasure of meeting.
Today's video was fully inspired by Kerstin from Fluent Language. I love the idea of doing creative work in another language and anytime I try to write a poem in another language, I can't help but make it a rap song.
Kerstin is encouraging everyone to use #LanguagePoems to share their own writing in the target language of their choice.
If you know me, you know I love to rap in other languages. Just for fun.
Here is my contribution.
My original rap song, "Ich bin die Nikki."
Ich bin die Nikki und ich liebe Sprachen.
wenn ich sie benutze ich muss immer lachen.
Ich lerne gern und unterrichte auch
mit ganzem Herzen und Seele bis auf meinem Bauch.
I encourage you to free write in the language you are learning!
Leave a comment below with your own #LanguagePoem :)
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