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‘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.

Learning a Language has never been so Transparent!

Please forgive my terrible puns. But learning German (or any language!) can be fun and easy using the many resources offered free of cost by the LRC, and one of my favorite examples is an online program called Transparent Language.

I used this resource to review some forgotten German vocabulary as well as try some of the basic lessons in Mandarin. Any German language learner at any level-beginner, intermediate or advanced- can use this program, which has a wide range of lessons and topics to choose from. You can skip around if you want, which is great for advanced speakers who don’t want to go through all the beginner lessons. The best thing about Transparent Language is that it helps in every area of language learning: reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking!

You do not need to be on an LRC computer to use this resource, but you can always come in and use our headphones and microphones for this program. To get started, visit the LRC webpage at www.gettysburg.edu/lrc and click on Resources. Under Online Resources, Transparent Language will be the first option. You will be asked to create a profile and a login and then you’re ready to go! 

International Cinema Resource List: Italian Movies

As a Gettysburg College student, you have access to massive amounts of resources from Musselman Library. Did you know that these resources include THOUSANDS of foreign language movies? These movies (along with many others) can be found on the International Cinema Resource List. The International Cinema Resource List includes various Italian movies and information about them to help students find what they’re looking for. You can search by title (original or translated), genre, year released, language and country. The International Cinema Resource List also includes a link to movies’ IMDb profiles, whether it is available from Musselman Library, and the various other platforms on which each movie can be viewed (YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, etc.).This tool is helpful for Italian speakers of all levels! Using this resource can make learning Italian both fun and challenging and can introduce students to Italian culture. The International Cinema Resource List offers Italian classics such as La vita è bella, Nuova cinema paradiso, and Ladri di Biciclette as well as newer movies such as Miele,  La grande bellezza, and Benvenuti al sud. Watching Italian films has helped me improve my listening and pronunciation skills and has given me a better understanding of Italian culture including their food, their relationships, and especially their humor!

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