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Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. The Día! Diversity in Action 2014 Celebration is fast approaching, have you registered your program yet?  Register your Día Celebration in the 2013 Día National Program Registry to build a national database that showcases all types and...
Pascal from Frenchy Bunny shared some creative language learning tips with us.  You can read them below… I’m a self-taught guy, and I’ve learnt English with colors. No one ever suggested it to me, but I invented this trick to learn faster and make things easier and more fun. For learning vocabulary, I underlined nouns in...
Believe it or not one tool I’ve found to help language learning is Facebook.  Which is nice because so many people are already members.  If you’re a Facebook member and want to improve your knowledge of a language, I have two ideas for you: 1. Join Facebook Groups or Pages in your target language.  For example,...
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Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad celebrates the diversity of America with people singing "America the Beautiful" in many different languages.  You can hear it below… The song was sung in English, Tagalog, Spanish, Hebrew, Hindi, Keres and Senegalese-French.
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Beloved folksinger, Pete Seeger, in his own words in honor of his passing… "Once upon a time wasn’t singing a part of everyday life? As much as talking, physical exercise, and religion? Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes, or walking long journeys. Can we begin to make...
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Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I wanted to post this little love poem called "A Scrawl" by James Whitcomb Riley.  You can listen to a recording of it below and read along with the poem. MP3 Recording of A Scrawl A Scrawl By James Whitcomb Riley   I want to sing something–...
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Here’s a very little French tale called "Gâteau" by Jules Lemaître.  The story is about two kids trying to share cake.  It’s in French with an English translation and a French recording. MP3 of Gâteau On avait donné à deux enfants un gros gâteau et un petit, en leur disant: "Partagez !" Les deux enfants étaient une petite fille...
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Some English terms go back further than you’d think… -OMG The first recorded appearance of this breathless acronym for “Oh, my God!” comes, surprisingly, in a letter to Winston Churchill. (1917) -LITERALLY Word curmudgeons wince when “literally” is used figuratively. Examples of this inversion go back to 1769. Even Mark Twain did it. (1876) ...
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Once a few years ago I had a conversation with a friend from China about cooking in the U.S.  She found it amusing that most Americans cook with recipes… recipes that tell you exactly how to cook with precise measurements of ingredients.  She said that in China recipes were handed down within the family and...
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Someone posted a picture on Facebook recently of this Fisher Price House from the seventies. It may seem silly, but the floor dropped beneath me and I could remember being little and playing with that exact same house.  I was transported back in time for a split second and could remember being four years old.  I...
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Archeologists in Russia unearthed documents back in the 1950’s that were written on birch bark with a stylus.  Some of the documents were doodles by a 7 year old boy named Onfim from Novgorod.  Onfim was learning to write, but he doodled in the process.  Below you can see some of his drawings. In the first...
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My daughter’s been begging me to make homemade French Onion Soup for a couple of months now.  This soup is best served on a cold winter’s day.  Now that Cold Man Winter is finally here, I made it!  It’s easy to make.  Here’s how… Recipe for French Onion Soup (Serves 6) You need...
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Emanuela wrote from Italy about St. Nicholas of Bari… "We celebrate St. Nicholas of Bari on December 6th. Our St. Nicholas is the Nicholas who is celebrated in northern Europe. St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra (now part of Turkey), but now his body is in Bari, Italy. European immigrants brought this character to America....
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In parts of Italy, La Befana is the one who gives gifts to children instead of Santa Claus.  She does this on the night of the Epiphany on January 5th.  That’s when the 3 Wise Men are said to have given their gifts to Jesus.   La Befana goes around leaving presents for children, in imitation...
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"’Ainsi périssent les ennemis de la République!’ (Thus perish the enemies of the Republic), referring to how fictional character Mère Royaume poured boiling hot vegetable soup on soldiers climbing up the city walls of Geneva in a surprise attack on December 11-12, 1602. One of the ways the Genevois celebrate this defeat is by eating...
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Happy St. Nicolas’ Day! Here’s a link to info about the legend of St. Nick. Here’s a link to a Dutch St. Nick song with a recording:
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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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Here’s a short video on American dialects.  What do people call soda?  That’s what I call it… some call it pop or coke.  Listen to more words that vary around the US in the video below… SODA / POP / COKE from Atlantic Video on Vimeo. Photo: Wikipedia
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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...

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