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Movie Review: Blind Date

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If you are looking for something to watch on Netflix, I would highly recommend looking in the “International” section. You never know what you may find! I hear many college students saying that they watch movies or TV shows on Netflix often. In a world where it is easy to watch your favorite show or movie online, it is so easy to end up sitting in front of the computer screen for hours. One thing you may not know is that Netflix can be used to your advantage when it comes to learning another language.

Recently, I found a movie on Netflix called “Blind Date.” It is originally a French movie, therefore having audio in French. There is also Italian and Spanish audio offered for those who are studying either language. As far as subtitles go, you can watch with English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Traditional Chinese subtitles. As a language-learner, I like to watch with subtitles in the language I am learning, so I watched the movie in French with French subtitles.

“Blind Date” came out in 2015 and is not a movie you will typically see in your French class. What piqued my interest about this film is that it is a romantic comedy. When I have watched French movies for class in the past, most endings I have seen have been tragic.  However, with this movie, you get a similar experience to watching an American rom-com, which I really liked. Without giving too much away, the story follows a woman who wants to be a professional pianist and does not get along with her neighbor.  At first, she and her neighbor keep trying to get on each other’s nerves, but eventually they become friends. The plot is cute and follows a unique kind of relationship that you will have to see for yourself. Sit back, kick your feet up, watch a cute movie, and learn some French!

Tips for the Busy Language-Learner

“When I talk to others about learning languages one of the excuses I hear the most for not learning a language is that the person does not have time to study a language. It is so easy to get overwhelmed by our busy schedules. When we become busy, we start to lose motivation to study another language because we feel that we need to dedicate an hour or more a day to studying. We start to view it as another homework assignment instead of something fun, such as going to a movie with friends. An easy solution to this problem is making studying a part of your daily routine. Just like you need to eat every day to live, shower to stay clean, and go to bed every night, you can add some light studying to your schedule. Soon enough, it will become automatic just like the other tasks you perform in your daily life.”

See how you can minimize study time but not lose what you are learning at: https://passionfordreaming.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/tips-for-the-busy-language-learner/

7 Shows for Beginner and Intermediate Learners of Spanish and French

“What were some of your favorite TV shows and movies as a kid? Did you like Disney movies or were you more of a Dreamworks fan? Did you watch the original Avatar: The Last Airbender or were you more into live-action shows? One thing I remember from my childhood was watching TV while talking on the phone to my best friend for hours. While that is not exactly one of the healthiest things to do, there is something language-learners can still take away from that. One of the best things you can do when you are learning a foreign language is watch different TV shows. It does not matter if your goal is to speak the foreign language, or if you just want to be able to understand it. Either way, if you are getting the proper input, you can boost your language-learning which will boost your confidence. The key is to watch shows that interest YOU. The following list is made up of suggestions based on shows that I liked as a kid and shows that are made for language-learners…”

See the 7 shows at: https://passionfordreaming.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/7-shows-for-beginner-and-intermediate-learners-of-spanish-and-french/

Using Fanfiction for Language-learning

“I have always loved writing. I did some form of creative writing every day, having filled over six diaries since 3rd grade. One thing that kept me motivated when writing a story was writing about characters that already existed, whether it was my neopets or characters from a favorite cartoon of mine. Throughout late elementary school and middle school, I would write fanfictions; some I would even post online. One thing I loved as much as writing fanfictions was getting to read other authors’ works. Not only was it entertaining but it was also motivating and helped inspire even more creativity. If you are looking to better your reading language comprehension or just expand your vocabulary without too much effort, consider looking up fanfictions in your target language!”

See more at: https://passionfordreaming.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/using-fanfiction-for-language-learning/

LRC Student Staff: Isabella Rosedietcher

img_2483Hi! My name is Isabella Rosedietcher and I’m a junior English major with a concentration in writing and a minor in Education. In the past I’ve studied Latin, Spanish, and due to my Brazilian blood I understand some Portuguese; but after all these years have been unsuccessful in picking up any language fluently. That being said, I wish to broaden my horizons by working at the LRC and studying at Gettysburg, and hopefully become fluent in either Spanish or Portuguese. I’m from New York City so growing up surrounded by different cultures has pushed me to not only try new things but appreciate all different cultures, and I hope to one day use my degree to teach ESL in either Brazil or various Scandinavian countries. Along with broadening my horizons, I’m passionate about food, the arts, and tiny animals!

LRC Student Staff Member: Angela Pegarella

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Hola! Salut! Oi! My name is Angela and I am a senior majoring in Spanish and French. Last school year, I spent the whole year abroad. I studied in Madrid, Spain and Nantes, France and have also traveled to many other places while I was overseas. I am currently a tutor for Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

I love helping others when it comes to travel tips and language-learning advice. I have a YouTube channel called PassionforDreaming where I documented my time abroad in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Now that I’m back in the United States, I dedicate my channel to giving language-learning tips. I also keep a WordPress blog (that goes by the same name as my YouTube channel) where I write primarily about travel tips but also language-learning tips. Right now, I am studying Korean on my own after having taken a class in France. Did you know I love languages?

LRC Student Staff Member Aphra

The new semester has begun, and we are featuring profiles of our multilingual and multi-talented student staff members.12088417_10206387460378896_301315643573374195_n Hello! My name is Aphra Murray, and I’m a junior Chemistry major who speaks four different languages. I was born to British parents in Madrid, Spain and since then have lived in five different countries. When I was only two months old I moved to Italy, where I grew up and lived until I was 12 years old. In that time I developed my Italian and there grew my love for languages. After Italy, I moved to the Netherlands where I graduated from high school six years later. I managed to learn Dutch both in and out of the classroom, and dabble in French and German when I crossed the borders into neighbouring countries. While I study Chemistry here at Gettysburg, my family lives in Versailles France, which I get to visit over winter and summer breaks. I love that I get to go home and struggle in my fractured French while I try and talk to different locals about where to get the best baguette or listen to my three year old brother speak MUCH better French than I do. I love the idea of getting lost in a foreign country and not speaking the language. Because then it’s just a chance for me to learn some more. The next language on my to do list: Greek!

New LRC Game: Tell Tale

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Tell Tale is a flexible game that can be played in any language. The only thing required to play it is a deck of a cards that features pictures on both sides of it. The goal of the game is to come up with a story from the cards. You can either take turns and make a story with the group or everyone draws the same amount of cards and comes up with their story. You can with others as teams or not. As you can see from the pictures, they are simple scenes depicting a person, place or thing. This game is specifically helpful to language learners because one can practice forming sentences using familiar words such as the ones shown. “Flower”, “dog”, or “rain” are easily accessible to most beginner language learners.

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On the other hand, this game can also force one to go out of their comfort zone and think of new sentences as well as discover new words or phrases. For instance, I can say I know now the French word for fortune teller: <<diseur de bonne aventure>>

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Arabic Spot-It Cards

Students taking Arabic at the introductory level can find very useful the LRC’s Arabic Spot-It Cards. For those who are looking to improve their vocabulary of everyday objects, Arabic Spot-It Cards, located at the games shelf of the LRC, offer the opportunity for practicing oral speaking skills. The game can be played by one’s self or with two people. The cards feature universal images and Arabic words. The goal of the game is to find matches between a word and its corresponding picture, between two pictures, or between two words before the other player. There is only one match between any two cards. Students learning Arabic often have trouble memorizing new vocabulary and Spot-It offers a fun way to do just that!

Awesome Website for Understanding Arabic

Often it is difficult to find practice resources for students who are starting to grasp the Arabic Language. Located online, Mumkin.es is an excellent way to practice listening and comprehension skills of the Arabic Language. Providing short video clips of news reports, documentaries, and even songs, viewers can read a transcript of the clips while listening to the correct pronunciation from native speakers. After each clip, there are also comprehension questions in Arabic that viewers can answer and check as well. This is a great website for beginners who want to start to challenge their comprehension ability. More so, Mumkin.es is geared toward the intermediate and advanced levels of the Arabic language who are looking for extras ways to practice their understanding of Arabic through real-world applications.