Book Review: 44 Tiny Secrets

Book Review: 44 Tiny Secrets   44 Tiny Secrets Written by Sylvia Bishop Illustrated by Ashley King 192 pages Published by Little Tiger Publication date: 23rd July 2020 Summary (from Little Tiger Press): The first book in a heartwarming and timeless new series with a brave and spirited heroine, from the acclaimed duo behind THE…

7 Easy Sensory Play Ideas for Babies

7 Easy Sensory Play Ideas for Babies   What is sensory play? Sensory play is a way of playing with your child that encourages them to use all of their senses – most people associate it with feeling different textures, but it can involve a variety of smells, sounds and flavours as well as feelings….

Multilingual flashcard: Cello

Cello in 10 languages Happy Friday everyone! How are you planning to spend your weekend? Today’s multilingual flashcard is for the cello, a beautiful instrument that is commonly used both in orchestras and in smaller ensembles. The most famous piece of cello music is probably Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 I haven’t listened to that…

Multilingual flashcard: Flute

Multilingual flashcard: Flute Flutes are the earliest existing musical instruments, with examples having been discovered from around 43,000 years ago, made from bone. Flutes can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, wood, bone, fibreglass and many more. The name ‘flute’ actually refers to a family of instruments, varying in size and material….

Multilingual flashcard: Violin

Violin in 10 languages Another popular music instrument today, following piano and my current theme of music. Stringed instruments have been common since antiquity but the violin, in its current form, emerged in 16th century Italy and has since become an important part of orchestras, as well as being used by soloists. Here are some…

Multilingual flashcard: Piano

Piano in 10 languages A few days ago, I shared the flashcard  for Music in 10 languages. It seems only fitting to start with one of my favourite instruments. Unfortunately, I am only a listener rather than a player, but it is one of my ambitions to learn how to play the piano properly some…

Hanyang University Introduction to Korean Week 2

See Week 1 of the course here. This is a free course offered on the Futurelearn MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform. It lasts for 6 weeks and is designed to take around 3 hours a week. You can sign up now to be e-mailed when the next session opens, which should be within the…

Korean through music – TVXQ – Off road

TVXQ are practically an institution in Korean music – they have been topping the charts for more than 10 years and are similarly popular in Japan and other parts of Asia. This is one of the songs from the album released just after their 10-year anniversary. It wasn’t released as a single but I liked…

Korean through music – Big Bang – Let’s not fall in love

Big Bang – Let’s not fall in love (우리 사랑하지 말아요) Big Bang are massive in Korea and all over the world right now so it’s worth listening to some of their music, whether you’re a fan or not, just to be in tune with what’s popular. It can give you something to talk about…

Multilingual: Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Learning new words to a familiar tune can help to get new vocabulary stuck in your head – hope you and your pupils enjoy these multilingual versions of ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ English This version gets gradually faster and faster… Japanese 日本語 Korean Chinese (Mandarin) Italian French Spanish German Polish Irish Please let me…

Korean through music – Stand up by J-Min (일어나)

Stand up by J-min This song is the main theme for a popular Korean series, To the Beautiful You, which I have been watching recently. As well as being very catchy it is also quite easy to understand so I would like to use it as a focus for learning some new Korean words. Watch…

Music and TV for language learning

Listening to music can be an enjoyable way of learning a new language or simply getting used to the sounds and patterns of that language. Through music you can learn new vocabulary or reinforce what you have already learned – I love the thrill I get when I hear a new word or grammar structure…