Multilingual flashcard: Holly

Holly in 10 languages for the Christmas season, where it is traditionally used as a Christmas decoration, both as a descendant of older pagan beliefs and as a symbol in Christianity – red berries for the blood of Christ, thorns for the crown Jesus wore on the cross.

multilingual flashcards holly

There is quite a variety of terms for holly because of the various ways the name for it has come into the language – for example, in Italian it is call agrifolio, coming from the Latin name for the variety most widely spread across Europe, acrifolium. The English word is believed to originate from Old English. I like the fact that the Chinese is so literal -‘winter green’.

Fun fact for you about holly – it is the wood for Harry Potter’s wand!

It has the following qualities, according to Pottermore:

Holly is one of the rarer kinds of wand woods; traditionally considered protective, it works most happily for those who may need help overcoming a tendency to anger and impetuosity. At the same time, holly wands often choose owners who are engaged in some dangerous and often spiritual quest. Holly is one of those woods that varies most dramatically in performance depending on the wand core, and it is a notoriously difficult wood to team with phoenix feather, as the wood’s volatility conflicts strangely with the phoenix’s detachment. In the unusual event of such a pairing finding its ideal match, however, nothing and nobody should stand in their way.

Harry’s wand is holly and phoenix feather – he pays 7 galleons for it and walks out, ready to begin his journey to becoming a legendary wizard.

Harry took the wand. He felt a sudden warmth in his fingers. He raised the wand above his head, brought it swishing down through the dusty air and a stream of red and gold sparks shot from the end like a firework, throwing dancing spots of light on to the walls. Hagrid whooped and clapped and Mr. Ollivander cried, “Oh, bravo! Yes, indeed, oh, very good. Well, well, well… how curious… how very curious… “

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!

How are you spending yours?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Happy Christmas Eve to you too!

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