Polar Bear in 10 languages for your New Year’s language learning!
Moving on from the winter-themed flashcards that I made last week, I’m going to add to the collection of animal flashcards. Even though most of this vocabulary won’t be much use to you unless you’re visiting a zoo, are a vet or want to talk about environmental issues/ endangered species, animals are one of the most popular topics to learn about and can be useful for starting conversations.
See all of the animal flashcards so far here.
Polar bears are the largest land carnivore and lives within the Arctic circle. Climate change is seriously affecting their habitat leaving them vulnerable, only one step away from being critically endangered. In some langauges they are known as the white bear or the ice bear. They feature heavily in folktales and legends from the area, including one of my very favourites: East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
The video below shows the unlikely friendship between sled dogs and a polar bear who visits them every year – usually starving polar bears would attack and possible eat sled dogs, but these animals have become friends and play together!
See more information and videos from the BBC here.