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Playing real video games for fun is a great way to improve your foreign language skills. I’m talking about games you’d want to play in your own language, not specifically language learning games. There are many fun games that are available in many different languages. I’m an early advanced French learner, so I understand enough […]
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Flashcards are a good way to pick up new vocabulary in a foreign language. It’s good to use them as a supplement to other resources, because if you only use flashcards, you’ll get bored very quickly! There are three flashcard apps I’ve been using over the past couple of months to help expand my French […]
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Quirky Press has just released a new dual-language (Somali/English) book of 14 Somali Lullabies.  It includes a CD of the songs sung in Somali by Maryan Anshur.   Karin at Quirky Press was kind enough to share a recording of one of the lullabies with us!  You can hear it below and read along with the […]
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"The Little Blue Bus is the debut album from Michael O’Halloran, celebrated Australian singer/songwriter (and former primary school teacher). It’s a 14 track collection of folk songs filled with gorgeous harmonies, lilting fiddle, washes of dobro (a resonator guitar), sweet mandolin and banjo and tells the tales of life in Australia, from the desert to […]
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We’ve just started Mama Lisa’s French Facebook Group to discuss all things French! This group is for people who love French and would like to learn more about the language and culture. We’ll share French learning resources.  We welcome recipes and traditions. We’d love to discuss French books, music and movies and other items of […]
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Mama Lisa’s World’s "Lullabies Around the World" App is now in the app store! It features over 50 lullabies with recordings by professional musicians and also by ordinary people who have contributed them to us to help preserve their culture. We’ve included beloved favorites from all over the world like "Fais dodo, Colas mon p’tit […]
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The BBC has a great typing computer program to help kids learn to touch type.  It’s called BBC Dance Mat Typing and it’s free.  Check it out with your kids! -Mama Lisa
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Check out Mama Lisa’s World’s New Christmas Carol App for $1.99! Featuring… -75 Beloved Carols from Around the World. -Each carol includes lyrics in the original language, with an English translation. -Each includes recordings, some by professional musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help preserve their culture. Here’s […]
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Monique was here visiting from France for the past two weeks and we worked on creating Spanish and French versions of our books and apps. (They should be available soon.) Here’s a link to our current books and apps.
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Our friends at DIA asked us to post this message about their program… The Día! Diversity in Action 2013 Celebration is only a month away, have you registered your library or school’s program yet?  Register your Día Celebration in the 2013 Día National Program Registry to build a national database that showcases all types and […]
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It’s so nice to give homemade gifts! This year I decided to make homemade vanilla extract to give to my friends and family.  It’s easy!  Here’s the recipe… Recipe for Homemade Vanilla Ingredients: 2 to 2 1/2 Vanilla Beans (I used organic vanilla beans) 1/2 cup Vodka (or Brandy) 1. Slice the vanilla bean pods […]
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Check out a list of 100 Best Chapter Books for Kids at Children’s Book Guide.  I see many of my family’s favorites there, such as: The Phantom Tollbooth The Graveyard Book From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler The Hobbit Happy Reading! Mama Lisa
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It can be difficult to roll your R’s when speaking in Spanish.  This video gives some great tips to get those R’s a-rolling! Enjoy! Mama Lisa
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Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili, […]
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Edit’ Dupont is a talented artist as well as a lovely singer!  She has sung over 100 French songs for us.  You can hear them on our French Song Pages. When Edit’ is creating art she likes to work with paint on paper.  She wrote: "Paper expresses strength, fragility, softness, transparency…  It readily transforms itself, […]
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Emperor Cuckoo is a new site about human interest stories in China.  Articles from mainland Chinese-language newspapers are posted on this blog in Chinese with English translations. You can read stories about ordinary Chinese people who speak about their traditions, values, interests and beliefs. The latest post The Storyteller is about a 92 year old […]
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I love this photo that Valerie Mellema took of La Pedrera in Barcelona, Spain.  She used Photoshop and a different picture of a log to make the texture in the sky.  It looks like a fantastical place in a kids book.  It could be fun to show this pic to a child and have them […]
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My 10 year old daughter loves the image editing site called PiZap.  Here’s what she wrote about it. PiZap is a fun website for kids if they want to edit or add things to pictures. You don’t even have to use pictures! You can use the backgrounds that it gives you. There are so many […]
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In our house, The Phantom Tollbooth is one of our favorite children’s novels.  Now you can watch a short YouTube video featuring the author (Norton Juster) and the illustrator (Jules Feiffer) of The Phantom Tollbooth.  It’s 50 years since they created it.  In October, The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth will come out.  You’ll be able to […]
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The Secret Mountain publishes a great line of books and music for kids, many with an international focus. They were kind enough to share this catchy, funny song performed by Trout Fishing In America. This is just one of the fun songs on the musical story book Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important. I wish I […]
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