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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!

Spot It! New LRC Game

Do you like fast-paced language learning games for you and up to 7 friends?

Then check out Spot It!, the newest game available in the LRC. Spot It! comes in Spanish, French, Italian, and German, and Chinese and Arabic versions of the game are currently being made by LRC employees.

There is one and only one similarity between every pair of cards. Be the first to spot the similarity between two cards, whether its the same symbol, the same word, or a word corresponding with a symbol, and you get the point! A guide showing the correct word-picture combinations are also available.

The words/items used are very common (i.e. cat, window, boat, car, etc.), making this a great game for beginners to learn different nouns or for more advanced students to review old vocabulary.

French Scrabble!

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In addition to Spanish and Italian Scrabble, the LRC now has French Scrabble! It’s a great way to practice spelling and vocabulary while having lots of fun, regardless of level.

You can play the same way as English Scrabble, with 2-4 players and words placed horizontally or vertically, players rotate turns, the game ends when all letters in the bag have been used and once one player finishes all of their letters. For a fun, new twist on a classic, you can incorporate the “tulies spéciales”. Each player gets three of the special tiles to use in addition to the normal 7. One of these three functions the same as the blank tile, but is worth 3 points, while the other two can be used to claim empty spaces for your next turn. There is also a variation for team play.

If you’re a French beginner, use a dictionary while you play to learn new words! Come down to the LRC to play! Jouons!