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?

Basic Excel for teachers

On Wednesday, October 12, I held a workshop on Basic Excel skills for teachers and researchers, with the following description:

Do you use Excel as a grade book or for data collection? In this workshop, you’ll work with Excel hands-on to develop basic skills, such as quickly copying numbers down columns, keeping headings visible at all times, and sorting columns in the most convenient order. If you consider yourself an Excel jockey, this is not the workshop for you–but if you need basic tips and tricks, you’ll find them here.

Feel free to access the handout, with animations of how to do each task within Excel.

Betsy Lavolette

Betsy Lavolette is the director of the Gettysburg College Language Resource Center.

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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!

‘Dobble’ the fun!

The latest game available at the LRC is aimed at students learning German, though it could be applied to any language. There are a few different ways to play; instructions are given in both English and German, and a list of images and their German words are also provided.

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The basic concept is that any two cards has one and only one image that matches between them. Whoever points out the similarity between the cards will get a point. This game is great for students beginning to learn German who want to learn new vocabulary words, including remembering those pesky definite articles, and for those who want to get some practice speaking.

Dobble is similar to our other fantastic game Spot it!, which includes words as well as images and therefore has a different set of cards for each language.

Rory’s Story Cubes- New Game!

Proficiency in speaking and listening comprehension skills are important in learning a language-and passing your language finals.  The LRC has a new game that can help you practice these skills in any language you want.

The game consists of nine cubes, and each side of the cube has a different image, such as a bee, a fish, or a fountain.  In addition to the original, the LRC has two other versions, “Voyages” and “Actions” that have different images on the cubes.

There are a number of different ways to play, but each game type essentially consists of the same rules. Simply take all nine cubes provided and roll them. Then, starting with ‘Once upon a time….’ or whatever beginning you choose, select the image that catches your eye first. The objective is to tell a story that links together all nine images. Create an individual story or make it an improv game, with each player contributing part of the story.