Category Archives: olympics

¿Quién encenderá la llama?

The question on everyone’s lips – ¿Quién encenderá la llama? Before anyone panics, it’s not a question about burning llamas! Una llama in Spanish is a flame! So – Who will light the (Olympic) flame? Could it be Beckham? Could it be our oldest surviving Olympian? Someone born on the day that the Olympics started in […]

¡Empiezan ya!

As the Olympic Opening ceremony begins at 9pm BST, here’s Pocoyo opening his own games for those of you who are might be a bit young to stay up for all the fun, and for those of you who just love Pocoyo. I think our TeamGB 4x100m relay team need to watch this for a […]

¿Apoyas a España?

So the Olympics are finally here. The Opening Ceremony is tonight (although the action has already started with football!) so why not have a look at the Spanish page on London2012 and start identifying the Spanish participants in the Games. Just for fun – Who are these people? In which sports do they compete? And which […]

Los uniformes olímpicos

There’s been a lot of ‘kerfuffle’ in the Press about the Stella McCartney designed team GB kit (below) However, as Spanish men’s football team are about to kick off at Hampden Park in the Olympic Games, I’ll be interested to see if they look comfortable and happy in what can only be described as the most […]

#LanguageWorld2011 – MiniOlympic packs for Primary languages

Languages MiniOlympics packs – Bringing together the two threads of KS2 teaching and languages and the International Dimension   –   presented by Michaela Howard and Jo Darley Jo and Michaela – having marvellously overcome technical issues- presented their ideas for how to use the Olympics as the inspiration for language learning activities that  are clearly linked to the […]

#LanguageWorld2011 – Languages and 2012 Olympics

*Part of a series of posts trying to summarise some of the sessions at Language World this year* The opening of Language World saw a presentation by Anna Turney and Nick Fuller. Anna Turney, Paralympic Snowboarder Anna loved snowboarding and wanted to get good enough to compete. She moved to France after her degree, and […]

Olympic success for Spain

Whilst I’ve been getting overexcited about the exceptional performances of Team GB in the rowing, cycling, swimming and sailing – not to mention the gymnastics yesterday – Spain has been enjoying success too. Yesterday saw Rafa Nadal win gold in the men’s tennis singles, beating Fernando González of Chile 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. And this morning […]

Los Juegos Olímpicos en español.

Regular readers may have realised by now that I’m a sports fan – and even irregular readers probably have an inkling! So you can guess that I’m currently having a fine time keeping an eye and ear on events at the Olympics Games in Beijing. My boys are quite interested too and it’s fun trying […]

Law of languages

With the Beijing Olympics a couple of weeks away, here’s a news story from China about one policeman’s efforts to make visitors feel welcome. In an effort to help tourists, he has learned how to greet people in English, Spanish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Polish, Japanese, Russian, Finnish, Italian and Portuguese. Phew! And he did it […]