This is a review of the interesting articles, Twitters, Facebook posts and more which took place this week in and around our Multilingual Living universe. Thank you everyone for sharing your tips with me! Keep them coming!
World Cup Mania
With the World Cup South Africa 2010 starting this week, things were in full swing on the Multilingal Living Facebook page! In addition to the sites listed in my article Bilingual Homeschooling: World Cup Language Learning, Facebook friends suggested the following:
- Page in German for kids: www.helles-koepfchen.de
- A United Kingdom page with fun activities: www.activityvillage.co.uk/world_cup_for_kids.htm
- Another German page for kids: www.fragfinn.de/kinderliste.html
- Can anyone suggest pages in other languages? Parents would love to know!
For those in the United States who don’t have ESPN and are searching for ways to view the matches, here are some ideas provided by friends on Facebook:
- “Univision has great coverage of the cup” from Maria.
- Allison recommends the Canadian TV stations (for many it is part of the very basic cable package).
- Here are some tips from Melanie for locations to watch the matches: www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/travel-tips-and-articles/42/58596
- Ida pointed out that live streaming is available via CBC.ca and Lisa suggests lets-kickoff.blogspot.com/2010/06/watch-live-streaming-fifa-world-cup.html or http://espn.go.com/espn3/index/_/sport/soccer-futbol (but I found the streaming to be very choppy).
The Pleasant Revolution – European Tour
- If you live in Europe, keep an eye out for a band of bicycling musicians passing through your town. They carry ALL of their instruments, clothing, food, and themselves via bicycle. The sound system at the performances are generated by pedal-power – generators attached to the bicycles! If you see them, say hello to my brother who is a guitarist and the technology geek. www.pleasantrevolution.net/tour-dates/
Interesting links which came through via Twitter:
- Some wild and crazy eating rituals around the world.
- Schooling in the Intuit language brings long-term benefits to children.
- Here is an article from Mashable about how you can follow the word cup via twitter.
- An interesting interview with linguist Guy Deutscher who debunks the view that language isn’t shaped by culture.
Stories of Interest in the News:
- A very interesting study about how talking seriously with our children is good for their language proficiency! This is important for multilingual families in particular!
- Here is an article about research taking place on the island of Cyprus where a researcher is calling for native language use in education.
- We all know how wonderful it is to expose children to a second language as early as possible. Here is a report on a study which back this up: Children Can Learn A Second Language In Preschool, Study Finds