One of the hardest parts of learning a new language is getting used to all the different idioms that other cultures use. These are often expressions that have a firm grounding in the culture from which they originated, so learning and translating them requires a strong cultural understanding of the new language. Below we’ll look more in-depth at idioms, how they transfer across different languages, and how language learners can bridge the cultural divide when studying idioms.
We at Language Lizard always strive to promote inclusion, and celebrate diversity. We encourage schools, teachers and families to address the inequities that exist in our society. This post contains resources that specifically address how parents and teachers can talk about race and racism with children.
Idioms present a great opportunity for students to have some language learning fun. Here, we discuss idioms, and explore activities that use idioms in the classroom and at home.
What is an Idiom?
An idiom is a phrase with an underlying meaning that’s generally agreed upon by a large group of people. This meaning can’t be deduced by the phrase’s words alone. The definition of idioms is most easily understood by looking at some familiar examples.
Language Lizard is a Platinum Sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) on January 31, 2020. We are big supporters of their mission to raise awareness about the need for more children’s books that celebrate diversity. To date, MCBD has donated over 7,000 diverse children’s books to schools, libraries and families.
Thanksgiving is almost here… and it offers a perfect opportunity to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. Here, we offer 3 ideas that will inspire kids to celebrate the wonderful diversity and traditions in our communities and our world.
Whether your summer has been jam-packed with activities, or peaceful and relaxed, you might be looking for ways to add some language and cultural learning into your family’s summer break. Here are 5 multicultural summer activities the whole family will love.
April 30th of each year is the culmination of Dia! Diversity in Action.
Dia! Diversity In Action
Also known as El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Dia! is a nationwide initiative from the American Library Association that helps libraries connect their patrons to more bilingual and multicultural resources.
Have you ever picked up a lucky penny? Or rubbed a rabbit’s foot for good luck? Cultures around the world have different lucky charms. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a superstitious person, you may have “knocked on wood” after making a statement, or felt the urge to toss salt over your shoulder after it was spilled.
Whether you believe in good luck or not, here are a few lucky charms from around the world. The reasons behind them might be compelling enough to make you a talisman collector, too.