Dutch Heritage in the US: Holland, Michigan

I am currently in the US visiting family and I stopped by Holland, Michigan, since I hadn’t been there in 20 years. It was founded by Dutch settlers in the mid 19th century and a large majority of Dutch Americans still live in Michigan. There is also a city called Zeeland nearby. Holland is often ranked […]


Trilingual Books (English-Spanish-French) for Children

I am constantly looking for trilingual book (English-Spanish-French) for my young niece and nephew. So far I have found two series on Amazon.com: Little Pim, which has 4 books of numbers, colors, feelings and animals as well as tabs for little fingers to pull I love to sleep and I love to eat, which are also […]


How Adaptation to Culture Affects Motivation in Language Learning

How Adaptation to Culture Affects Motivation in Language Learning

How Adaptation to Culture Affects Motivation in Language Learning Learning languages while studying abroad isn’t usually a breeze An article on sociolinguistic competence (Dewaele, 2007) introduced me to research on language learners’ ideological beliefs and conflicts with the target culture that can hinder language acquisition. Dewaele provides two examples from Kinginger (2004) and Kinginger & Farrell’s […]


Australian & New Zealand Universities that offer French

For Francophiles based in the South Pacific region, 20 out of the 39 universities in Australia and 6 out of the 8  universities in New Zealand currently offer French: Australia Australian National University Edith Cowan University Flinders University James Cook University La Trobe University Macquarie University Monash University RMIT University University of Adelaide University of […]


Basic Phrases with Pronunciation: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Swedish Available

If you’d like to study basic phrases for French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, or Swedish, I’ve created new pages with the list of phrases and mp3s for each phrase (instead of one mp3 for all the phrases together). Now you can listen to each phrase individually before trying out the audio flashcards to test yourself. […]


So Much for the Asian Century: Loss of Language Programs at Australian Universities

The University of Canberra and Curtin University both recently announced that they would be cutting their language programs. At Canberra, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish will disappear while at Curtin, Japanese, Mandarin and a major in Asian Studies may be abandoned. These cuts are very unfortunate since it leaves these universities with no language classes or […]


iTunes U Materials and MOOCs Available in Languages Other than English

I recently noticed that iTunes U now lets you browse the courses by language. Finally! Previously you had to go to the list of universities and look for a certain institution, which may or may not have had any real content. Now you can simply select Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Catalan, Portuguese, Korean […]


South Australia Travel Videos in French

Want to see how beautiful South Australia is and learn some French at the same time? The French-language travel site MonNuage.fr has a few videos of South Australia, including Adelaide, Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island. Here’s the one on Adelaide: South Australia is also called Australie Méridionale but that’s much harder to pronounce, so let’s […]


Readlang

Readlang and Podclub – Latest Language Learning Obsession

Learning Languages with Readlang and Podclub Readlang by Steve Ridout is a free site which helps you learn foreign languages by reading and translating words you don’t know. You simply import text from any website, click on words you don’t know in order to translate them into another language, and save these words so you […]