Multilingual flashcard: Northern Lights

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in 10 languages. Have you ever seen them? They are caused by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun when they enter the Earth’s atmosphere. In medieval times they were seen to be harbingers of war or famine – this idea is built upon in A Shiver of Snow and…

Multilingual flashcard: Cobweb

In the early-morning mist, the cobwebs look like jewelled necklaces sparkling in the sunlight. Here’s how to say cobweb in 10 different languages: How are you getting on with your language learning?

Multilingual flashcard: Sunset

Sunset in 10 languages for you language learning pleasure today! The direct translation of sunset is often not the most-used word in the target language so there is an element of poetic license here – for example, in Japanese nichibotsu is what the dictionary suggested. However, when I was living in Japan, everyone around me…

Multilingual flashcard: Bat

Have you spotted any bats swooping around? The only flying mammal in the world (at least, that we know of so far!) I like how different the translations in various countries are – I am guessing it might be because bats are ss widely distributed so each country came up with their own word, rather…

Multilingual flashcard: Barn Owl

Did you know that barn owls are the most widely distributed bird and one of the most widely distributed birds? They are found almost everywhere in the world apart from the poles and deserts. Earlier this year, our school took the entire Year Group (Year 3 = 7-8 year olds) camping. On the night we…

Multilingual flashcard: Spider

Spider in 10 languages. Aren’t you seeing tonnes of spiders about at the moment? Apparently, it’s spider breeding season in the U.K! How do you feel about them – love them? Indifferent? Terrified?

Multilingual flashcard: Autumn Leaves

I love this time of year – crunching through the leaves on the way to work, soaking up the beautiful colours of the foliage and the mystery of the early-morning mist lying between the trees. What is your favourite thing about Autumn?

Multilingual flashcard: Acorn

Acorn in 10 languages – the beginning of some autumn-themed multilingual flashcards coming your way! Did you know that acorns used to be a staple in the diet of many prehistoric humans? In Japan, evidence from archaeology points to the Jomon people grinding them and cooking them into a sort of pancake. They are still…

Multilingual flashcard: Wolf

Wolf in 10 languages – these fascinating animals have been around since more than 700, 000 years ago and feature predominantly in the collective memory of mankind. More books have been written about wolves than any other animal! (Source: Wikipedia) Only humans and tigers present a serious threat to a wolf, in all other situations…

Multilingual flashcard: Tiger

Tiger in 10 languages – the largest cat species, beautiful and majestic. Tigers tend to be solitary with a large territory – their natural habitat overlaps with some of the most-populated areas of the globe which has led to many conflicts with humans in the past. Recent estimates put the number of tigers (including all…

Multilingual flashcard: Hammerhead Shark

Hammerhead Shark in 10 languages – my favourite shark! The hammer shape of the shark’s head is called a cephalofoil – nobody is quite sure why the shark has evolved this shape of head, but it could offer some advantages in perception or manoeuvering. Hammerhead sharks are found worldwide and often move as part of…