Zachary Jones’ site Zambombazo is a great source of inspiration for all things Hispanic.
And I love it because it proves time and again that there is always something to learn about a language you thought you knew quite well.
I’m often challenged by pupils when I can’t recall the word for ‘meerkat’ or ‘spark plug’ that ‘you’re supposed to know Spanish’ to which I reply I don’t know every word in English. Especially when it comes to colloquial useage. I mean, my son tells me that when he says soemthing is ‘sickage’, that’s great. I’m not so sure…
So, I particularly like this map that Zachary has made – ¿Cómo se dice ‘cool’ en español?
As he points out in his post, the answer to that question depends on lots of factors including the country or even region you’re in, your socioeconomic status as well as your age. The post also offers ideas on how you might use the map to increase vocabulary, to encourage intercultural discussion and to promote discussion of current linguistic useage.
Just found this interesting infographic about the relationship between learning languages and your brain.
The bottom section about the optimum age for your brain to be most efficient at language learning is a strong case for Primary Languages (hurrah!) but not such good news for my attempts to learn German (boo!). It doesn’t say you can’t learn a langage when you’re old. Er. Although I will very shortly head off their scale…
August 1st is Swiss National Day and across Switzerland people are celebrating with parades, parties and fireworks.
A couple of years ago, we arrived in Interlaken just as the parades began meaning we were stuck at the station for a couple of hours (we weren’t that bothered!) (see Animoto above!)
And 19 years ago I first conversed with a certain John Stevens as we watched the men of Oberwald in the Swiss Valais ‘ga-donging’ huge bells hung around their waists as they paraded down the street. A twisted ankle, a trip to Interlaken, a broken down bus and a swimming pool- the rest is history.
However, there’s another reason why I highight Swiss National Day this year.
Tomorrow marks the real start of an adventure which is very exciting but also rather scary!
You see, I’m moving to Switzerland. Tomorrow, my husband goes to start his new job (the reason for the move) and I’ll follow with the boys later in the year once school, housing etc are sorted. We’ll be living near Zürich so I’ve started learning German (you may have noticed if you follow me on Twitter!)
So next year, watch out for the picture of me ‘ga-donging’ and blowing my alpine horn with the best of them!
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