Grimm Stories resource for language learners

Grimm Stories: A great Resource for Language Learners and Teachers alike!

Today, I want to share a great and free learning resource for language learners and teachers with all of you who like the Grimm’s fairy tales: Grimm Stories. Well, if we talk German fairy tales you have to know that they’re not very Disney-like, so not pretty and nice and innocent. Old German (fairy) tales are rather bloody or gory and they usually describe the social situation of a certain class of population at that time.

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Why Literal Translation of Spanish Idioms sounds Greek to you

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Editor’s Note: Originally published by VOXXI as “Literal translations of idioms – don’t try to figure it out

Language is not logical, and does not have to be: it is an art, not a science. An idiom, for example, is an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements.

If we hear that someone has kicked the bucket we know he has died, and we never stop to think about kicking or buckets. We hear the words together, the idiomatic expression, and we react to them with a meaning that has nothing to do with its constituent elements, bucketkick.

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Tools to Learn Spanish #2 – Practicing Spanish with Lyrics Training

We all like music and this is something we cannot deny. Classical music, pop, rock, folklore… we have a huge variety to choose. And the use of songs and music in the classroom is widely common among most language teachers. When using a song, we teachers usually prepare vocabulary, grammar, or listening exercises. I remember learning English in my language school and filling the blanks with the appropriate form of the verb to be (yes, rather easy ☺)

Music helps our students to relax, to be more confident about the exercise we aim, and we can do a lot of exercises after listening, from asking what the song is about to making a lip-dub.

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What are the Top 5 World Languages in 2050?

What are the languages that will be most widely spoken by the middle of this century? According to so called engco model of language forecasting the top 5 languages in 2050 are going to be

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Hindi-Urdu
  • Arabic

I guess, there is no big surprise in this list in the end but those are undoubtedly the realities that children have to face when growing up and search their workplace in this globalized world, even more so than us today. It is expected that Chinese, Spanish and English will be the dominant languages in global commerce.

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Tools to learn Spanish #1 – Learning Spanish with the BBC

When learning a language, we not only deal with our lessons, grammar exercises or lists of vocabulary. One of the things I tell my students is that they have to read, watch or listen to Spanish media. In the Internet age we have plenty of material that can help us learning Spanish in a fun way: we can listen to the radio while cooking, we can read newspapers articles during the break at job and listen to music while surfing the Internet.

The idea for this column is to do a review of the different sites and resources we can use to improve our Spanish. So, here it comes the first one!

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