Six for Sunday: Books that made me laugh

I know that I’m a week behind with the prompts, but I found it easier to think of books for this prompt than ‘books that made me angry’. I will catch up at some point! Here are the six books I have chosen which have actually made me laugh out loud at some point: The…

Multilingual flashcard: Crown

Crown in 10 languages Special headgear has been used to denote royalty or importance since ancient times – for example, the headdresses worn by the Ancient Egyptians to symbolise kingship or the laurel wreath used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans to symbolise victory in sporting events or war. Crowns are often used as symbols…

Multilingual flashcard: Moat

Moat in 10 languages You can’t have your castle without a moat! Preferably filled with some nasty creatures that will have a nibble on anyone trying to cross the moat to attack you! Moats have been used since ancient times to provide a line or defence, whether they were dry or filled with water. The…

Multilingual flashcard: Castle

Castle in 10 languages Castles have a special place in our collective imagination, and they dot the landscape in many countries, either as beautiful buildings still used and loved or as evocative ruins, slowly disintegrating. Castles in different countries each have their own unique characteristics, yet are all equally beautiful. I have a lot of…

Multilingual flashcard: Royalty

Royalty in 10 languages Check out Princess, Prince, Queen and King in 10 languages by clicking on the name of each flashcard. Now learn how to say royalty in 10 languages! The word for ‘royalty’ also encapsulates the imperial or royal family in countries like Japan or China which traditionally had an emperor or empress…

5 tips to fit more language learning into your life

I know, I know – you’re busy, I’m busy, the whole world is busy. I feel like I spend most days in a battle with the neverending to-do list, rushing from one task to the next while new things I have to do get added. The fact is, life is busy and it isn’t always…

Multilingual flashcard: Queen

Queen in 10 languages Continuing with the royal theme after prince, princess and king over the past week or two, with queen in 10 languages. The current Queen of England is Elizabeth II and she is one of only two currently reigning queens in the world – the other is Queen Margrethe II of Denmark….

Multilingual flashcard: King

King in 10 languages Continuing with the theme of royalty (see prince and princess here) with king in 10 languages. A lot of the terms for King in various languages come from the Latin, rex. However, the English for King come from the Anglo-Saxon cyning, which is descended from an old form of German. I…

Multilingual flashcard: Prince

Prince in 10 languages To match the princess card posted a few days ago, here is how to say prince in 10 languages. The English word comes, via French, from the Latin:  princeps, from primus (first) + capio (to seize), meaning “the chief, most distinguished, ruler, prince” and was the informal title of the Roman…

Multilingual flashcard: Princess

Princess in 10 languages With the royal wedding just this weekend past, there has been lots in the media about how Meghan Markle has achieved every little girl’s dream about becoming a princess. I’m sure everyone has dreamt at some stage of their parents not really being their parents, but actually a long-lost royal family,…

Multilingual flashcard: Cheetah

Cheetah in 10 languages This is the fastest land mammal alive, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph over short distances. However, cheetahs are considered vulnerable as there are just over 7000 cheetahs left alive in the wild. This is due to poaching, habitat loss, the illegal pet trade and conflict with humans. In the…

Multilingual flashcard: Beetle

Beetle in 10 languages Beetles are a group of insects that forms the order Coleoptera, which is the largest of all orders with about 400, 000 species. Beetles make up 40% of insects and nearly 25% of all animal species. Isn’t that amazing? (the beetle on the flashcard is a leaf beetle) Beetles have a…