Sports have a unique ability to serve as a universal language that transcends cultural, linguistic, and societal barriers. A perfect example of this is international competitions such as the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which is currently happening in Australia and New Zealand. The event has 32 countries participating and millions of people tuning in worldwide to cheer their nations to victory.
While soccer/football may be one of the oldest and most popular sports played globally, another lesser-known sport, Sepak Takraw, is popular in Southeast Asia but gaining traction worldwide. Like soccer/football, Sepak Takraw is a sport that can be traced back to ancient civilizations and is also thought to have some ties to modern-day soccer/football. Continue reading Sports Around the World – Spotlight on Sepak Takraw
Whether your first day of school is in August or September, it’s never too early to get your classroom ready for the new school year. While working through your classroom preparation checklist, remember the importance of having a welcoming classroom for all students, especially those learning English for the first time. With schools in the U.S. continuing to change to reflect our country’s increasing cultural diversity, creating an atmosphere that reflects acceptance and diversity right from the start is essential. (Check out our blog post about 5 Back to School Tips – Bilingual & Multicultural Classrooms.)
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Let’s learn about the Armenian language! We’ve gathered background information and interesting facts about the language. In addition, check out our newest children’s books available in Armenian.
Continue reading Armenian Language: Interesting Facts & Books
That’s right, being bilingual is a superpower!
In fact, Miguel Cardona, US Secretary of Education, stated that “bilingualism and biculturalism is a superpower” during his recent address at the National Association for Bilingual Education’s (NABE) 52nd Conference. Continue reading Bilingualism is a Superpower!
With the weather beginning to warm up and the end of the school year in sight, it’s a great time to start thinking about activities to keep the kids engaged and learning during the long summer days and prevent the dreaded “summer slide.”
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Continue reading Engaging Bilingual Book Recommendations for Summer Reading
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Let’s learn about the Burmese language! We’ve gathered background information and interesting facts about the language. In addition, check out our newest bilingual children’s books available in Burmese.
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Congratulations to Multicultural Children’s Book Day for celebrating its 10th anniversary! We were thrilled once again to join in the special event on January 26th as a Platinum Sponsor.
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Let’s learn about Haitian Creole! We’ve gathered some background information and interesting facts about the language. Check out our newest children’s books available in Haitian Creole.
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January is the month of new beginnings, including the Chinese New Year! According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2023 marks the year of the Rabbit, symbolizing longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. The most popular lucky colors for 2023 are green and blue, while pink and red are also very lucky. (Check out this Language Lizard blog post for ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year.)
In this guest post by Daniel Nalesnik, founder of Hack Chinese, we look at the symbolic meaning of colors in Chinese culture while delving into the connection between color and the Theory of the Five Elements.
Continue reading Colors and Chinese Culture
It’s almost Idiom Week! We look forward to celebrating idiom week all year because learning idioms is fun, and it’s a golden opportunity to celebrate what makes the English language unique.
Continue reading Learning English Color Idioms and Their Origins