Multilingual flashcard: The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid in 10 languages. It seemed appropriate to post this one after the multilingual flashcard for seal because many believe seals to be the root of legends about mermaids. The Disney movie changed the original story quite a bit – which is your favourite version?

Multilingual flashcard: Seal

Seal in 10 languages with another marine-themed multilingual flashcard. In researching for this flashcard I learned that seals should really be called pinniped (from the Latin pinna for fin and pedis for foot). Had you heard that before? I also learned that their closest relatives are bears and red pandas! Turns out there’s a lot…

Multilingual flashcard: Little Red Riding Hood

Continuing with a fairytale theme with Little Red Riding Hood in 10 languages. This story is one I have used to learn and teach languages as it is readily available in multiple languages. Have a look at some more fairytale, fantasy and Harry Potter themed flashcards here.

Multilingual flashcard: The Big Bad Wolf

Multilingual flashcard – The Big, Bad Wolf in 10 languages. In fairy tales all over the world, across the ages, the Big, Bad Wolf turns up again and again. I love alternate fairytales which turn the story on it’s head and repaint the wolf as a victim e.g. The True story of the Three Little…

Multilingual flashcard: They lived happily ever after

Multilingual flashcard 149 – And they lived happily ever after. The bittersweet and (to me at least) often unsatisfying ending to a fairytale. My initial forays into writing were often sparked by this ‘And they all lived happily ever after’….or did they? How? What happened next? While characters in fairytales are often symbolic tropes, I…

Multilingual flashcard: Once upon a time…

Multilingual flashcard 146 – Once upon a time… The words that have started millions of tales all over the world. I used to listen to audiobooks of fairytales at bedtime when I was younger (my parents both worked so I often fell asleep before they made it home).  During the day I spent hours with…

Multilingual flashcard: Fairytale

Multilingual flashcard 153 – fairytale in 10 languages. I love reading alternative versions of fairytales around the worlds and drawing out similarities and differences. I have also used lots of fairytales in my language learning as the familiar story can help me to access difficult vocabulary (though for those of you using fairytales to learn…

Multilingual flashcard: Fairy

Multilingual flashcard 68 and continuing with the fantasy theme with fairy in 9 languages. The cover image shows a famous photograph of the Cottingley Fairies – one of a series of 5 photographs that were taken by two young girls in Cottingley, near Bradford in England, around 1917. These photos caused controversy for years with…

Fairytales for children

“Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of mankind through metaphor.” ― Jack Zipes I have always loved fairytales in all their incarnations. They are a mainstay in our popular culture from bedtime stories to movies, constantly being reinvented and reinterpreted. There are…

Introduction to this blog

I am going to be up front with my biases – I love fairytales. Always have and always will. I grew up on a steady diet of fairytales and folklore in a landscape where it seemed as if they really could happen. Oral storytelling is a strong part of traditional Irish culture and I was…