Category Archives: Languages

10 differences between French and British schools – Real life – Complete France

I found this recently which looks really useful for teaching some of the cultural aspects of MFL. Children always enjoy learning about what school is like in other countries. 10 differences between French and British schools – Real life – … Continue reading

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J is for Japanese

Like Basque, Japanese is known as a language isolate, which means that it does not belong to a language family. There have been attempts by linguists to link it to other languages, such as Korean, but there are not enough … Continue reading

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I is for Invented Languages

This post was written by my lovely husband, Ian Braisby – Blue Badge Guide. I hope everyone finds this as interesting to read as I did. The latest figures suggest that there are 6909 languages in the world, and many … Continue reading

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Mexican Independence Day

16th September is Independence Day in Mexico. It commemorates Miguel Hidalgo’s cry for freedom of 16th September 1810, which began the uprising, although Mexico didn’t actually gain independence until 28th September 1821. Miguel Hidalgo, a priest, along with Ignacio Allende, … Continue reading

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How to Learn Children’s Names in September

It’s that time of year again, when teachers are thinking about their new classes, hoping they won’t have too many with the same name, and wondering how they will ever learn all the names if they aren’t all the same. … Continue reading

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How to Improve Pupils’ Ability in Listening Comprehensions

There are some great ideas here for improving listening skills. I already use some of them – spot the silent letter and minimal pairs are particular favourites of mine. What do others do to improve this skill? I’d love to … Continue reading

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How to write Inuktitut

My brother, who knows how fascinated I am by languages, has just shared this video with me and I felt compelled to share it with everyone else. I never knew before this what Inuktitut writing was like. ᑖᒻ ᔅᑳᑦ and … Continue reading

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