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: Penguin

Who doesn’t love penguins? Now you can talk about them in 10 languages, which is always good for a start! I had always associated penguins with Antarctica and didn’t realise until recently that most penguins actually live in temperate zones! There are almost 20 different species ranging in size from the Emperor penguin (over a…

Multilingual flashcard: Puffin

Have you ever spotted one of these colourful birds? Puffin in 10 languages with another multilingual flashcard. I love that they are auks of the Fratercula genus – with the name Fratercula, meaning ‘little brother’ coming from the fact that their plumage looks a little like monastic robes. Puffins nest in a number of sea…

Multilingual flashcard: Fossil

Fossil in 10 languages with another multilingual flashcard. How is your language learning journey going? Fossil comes from the Latin ‘fossilis’ meaning ‘obtained by digging’ and are the preserved remains or traces of animals or plants. I still remember learning that most fossils are actually made by minerals hardening in a cavity left by an…

Multilingual flashcard: Dolphin

Multilingual flashcard – Dolphin in 10 languages. I have always loved dolphins, being fascinated by their playfulness, intelligence and language. There are over 40 species around the world, living in various habitats. Have you ever been dolphin-spotting? The grace, speed and strength of dolphins has to be seen to be believed! Dolphins even have a…

Multilingual flashcard: Planet

Multilingual flashcard 99 – Planet in 10 languages Our Solar System contains a eight planets, alongside other astronomical bodies. The classification of planets has changed; many still remember learning that Pluto was a planet, though it has since been reclassified. A planet is an astronomical body orbiting a star or stellar remnant that is massive…

Multilingual flashcard: Uranus

Multilingual flashcard 94 – Uranus in 10 languages. Trying to get up to date with my multilingual flashcards (all available on one page here) Uranus was the Greek god of the sky (Roman name: Caelus) He was said to be both the son and husband of Mother Earth, Gaia.

Cool (FREE!) Astronomy resources from NASA

Some of you may have seen these already so apologies if you have but I got stupidly excited when I found these. Earlier in the year I was actually planning to buy an Astronomy magazine, simply to get some postcards with these designs…then I stumbled upon the official page on the NASA website where you…

Why being bilingual helps keep your brain fit

(This is a republishing of an article by Gaia Vince on Mosaic, republished under the Creative Commons License. Featured image c. Nadine Redlich. Attributions and links at the end.)  Republished here because I think it needs to be more widely-distributed and I wish i could write as well as the author. Long but fascinating –…