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: Music

Music in 10 languages What is your favourite type of music? Do you listen to music every day? Music has been a part of human culture for at least 40, 000 years, based on archaeological remains of instruments and it still remains an important part of many cultures and lives. Various studies have suggested that…

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…

May Round-Up

May Round-Up May has been an incredibly busy month, like every month before it seems! I have attended a few bookish events, including the London book launch for Louise O’Neill’s The Surface Breaks, a YA Fantasy Panel with Sally Green, Taran Matharu, David Owen and Alice Broadway and Oliver Jeffers at the V&A. I gained…