Spanish teachers and counselors: RSVP for the Webinar happening Nov. 6th, at 2PM CDT to learn about the scholarship opportunity for students to attend the Spanish Summer Immersion Camp in Salamanca, Spain. If you can’t attend, you can still RSVP and be sent a recorded version and free lesson plan about Salamanca.
Are you dying to travel and want somewhere fun, cultural, historical, and safe? Prefer to speak your own language, but learn a new accent? The iE-USA England Semester Abroad program might be for you! Students live with a British host family in the suburban residential areas of England, and take group excursions every month to the top british destinations such as the Beatles Museum and Manchester United Soccer Fields!
This program is affordable and payment plans can be set up through iE-USA. To find out more information about our program and prices, go to our website. Students should apply approximately 3-4 months in advance of the date they wish to depart. Teens who are between 16-18 are welcome to apply and will be accepted based on maturity level, transcript, willingness to adapt, and overall character.
Make your semester worth it, see the world!
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!
I’ve learned so much by being in Germany for the past few months. Unfortunately, I can only stay for 5 months and not 10. I would jump at the chance to extend my time here, but with school and graduation in a few months, it works out better to just stay a semester. When I came, I could only put together a few sentences and had almost no knowledge of the grammar. With the immeasurable patience of my host family (especially host mom), I’ve made incredible progress in German. I’ve learned so much just by helping my host mom cook and asking questions about the language and when, what, and why people say certain things.
I’ve really become part of culture here. I’m on a soccer team and in a choir. I’ve snowboarded in the French Alps. I’ve made numerous friends, and I’m glad to say I also have a new German family.
I strongly recommend studying abroad, and, of course, choosing Germany. I won’t lie and say it’s always the easiest, but it is certainly 100% worth it. No doubt.