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Improve your Language Skills

Feel like you are not learning language fast enough at school, or they don’t offer the language you want? The best way to improve your language skills for real life application is interactive media. Videos, music, poems, and movies are all great ways to learn how language is used outside of a textbook. For example, did you know 99 Red Balloons was actually written by a German singer, in the German language? It was called 99 Luftballons, and the link to the lyrics is here. Here are some other ideas:

  • Practice singing along with songs, it will help with quick pronunciation and translating the lyrics to English will help you learn new meanings of words.
  • Read the news in a different language. Bonus, you will be able to discuss current events from other countries with foreigners or your host family. For example, Argentine news can be found here. You could also watch a Youtube news clip, such as the one here in French. Some news is even slowed down, such as this one.
  • Watch your favorite American movie, but add either subtitles or dubbing. Many movies now have multiple language options to select from.
  • Find an exchange student at your high school to speak with! They will appreciate your interest in their native language, and maybe you can teach them some fun american expressions in return.
  • Buy a book (or eBook) on Amazon that has been translated to the language you want to learn. Did you know The DaVinci code has been translated into 44 different languages? Even the series Twilight has been translated to other languages, and copies are often available on Amazon. The dystopic hit this year, Divergent, is available in Spanish here! Make sure you pick a book that you will enjoy, so that you stick with it.

Some other fun videos from other countries that will get you moving:

Italy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpaQYSd75Ak (Nun sings a famous American song on the Voice Italy!)

France: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFVDv_Jhf2w (Elle me dit, Mika with subtitles)

Argentina/Latin America: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbKLa9wk4Fc  (Whiteboard singalong with Bacilos)

Latin America: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJutxPOIeS4 (Shakira sings Fifa World Cup song)

Germany: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A06x-02MhlM (Cool German Words)

Know any other fun (and appropriate) videos or resources for free language learning? Let us know!

 

 

 

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Make this summer amazing!

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You will be in Argentina drinking the local beverage, ‘Mate’!

This summer there are opportunities to learn Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, or French while staying with a host family in another country. You could decide to volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica or whales in Argentina, or learn how to Tango! It’s not too late to apply, even for graduating seniors. Make this summer memorable!

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Or you will be in Beijing, exploring every afternoon.

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Argentina- First Week in Cordoba! -Cara

Being silly with new friends at orientation week in downtown Cordoba.

Being silly with new friends at orientation week in downtown Cordoba.

The first days were definitely harder than I thought they would be. Once we got busy and started to tour Córdoba it got a lot easier! I love the city and the people in it. They are all very welcoming and so nice! It was a little weird for me at first to be welcomed with a kiss on the cheek because we don’t do much of that back in the states but now I love it! Even complete strangers will welcome you into their home which is very comforting! I do have my days though where I miss my friends and family back home, but I know I will get to see those people again. The people I meet here I might never see again so I know that I have to make the most of my time here!

I am hanging out with my host sister and her friends a lot which is nice because that way we get to know each other a little better! I have one host sister and a host mom and they are both really comforting.

Meeting and greeting my host family for the first time.

Meeting and greeting my host family for the first time.

They said that I can talk to them if I’m ever missing home and that I should feel at home here. I don’t start school till March 5th. I am a little for that just because I will be the new kid and feel very overwhelmed because of the language. I know however, that the language will start to come easier for me and after a month or so it will be much easier. I have been here for two weeks now and am looking forward to the next four and a half months that I have ahead of me!

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Argentina

This week, iE-USA decided to feature Argentina as its Country Destination on our blog. Here are the top five reasons to travel to Argentina:

Argentina Statue and Flag

Argentina Statue and Flag

1. Amazing food: Tender steak, amazing roasted chicken, beef or ham and cheese ’empanadas’ (pastries), Italian food such as Gnocchi, pizza, homemade ravioli; and ‘tortas’ or ‘tortitas’ (biscuits) will be daily staples!

2. Amazing people: Almost every traveler to Argentina realizes instantly how friendly, sociable, and outgoing most Argentines are. They’ll invite you over for a barbecue, introduce you to their family, ask you about where you’re from, and you will be part of the group in no time. It’s hard to be homesick that way!

3. Soccer pride: The most popular question to ask someone in Argentina is “De que equipo sos?”, meaning “What team do you support?” and there is always a strong love for soccer behind this question and the answer. Even if you aren’t a soccer fan now, going to a soccer game is a must, and you’ll be a Boca or River fan in no time.

4. The language: The Spanish in Argentina, while unique, is also fun to learn. It has a song-like quality and has fun words like “Todo bien” (All good), and “manso!” (Cool/Incredible) to learn.

5. The scenery: You can be looking at one of the biggest mountains in Latin America one moment, and then swimming on the Atlantic or Pacific coast the other. Argentina has a lot to give, including a broad range of climates and regional differences.

Extra reason: This is where the Outbound Director of iE-USA chose to study when she was 15… so that must tell you something!

Interested? Look here for more information about Argentina and how to apply: http://usa.international-experience.net/study-abroad/countries-and-prices/argentina/

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