Christmas time in Germany! Learn some vocabulary with use!

 

Hi Guys,

are you ready for  celebrate Christmas? We hope so!!

Xmas in Germany

In the meantime, we’ve decided to keep you company during this month and give your some information and curiosity on different Christmas tradition. We are starting with GERMAN TRADITIONS!

German celebration officially start the 11th November, St Martin day. For that day, children use to make lanterns and bring them to the procession. Then from the 1st December every child gets one advent calendar: each day they open one box and promise to do a good deed. On the 6th December, St. Nicholas brings chocolate and sweets, such as Lebkuchen or Christollen. Few days later, precisely the 24th night, Santa Claus brings gift and presents children have been waiting for. 

Here below a list of vocabulary related to Christmas. We strongly advise you to copy&paste them in your personalized vocabulary and train your memory with our language games!

 

Advent r Advent
Advent calendar(s) r Adventskalender (-)
Advent season e Adventszeit
Advent wreath r Adventskranz

Baked goods, pastry s Gebäck

candle e Kerze 

candy s/r Bonbon

Christmas carol(s) s Weihnachtslied (-er)

Christmas card(s) e Weihnachtskarte (-n)

Christmas tree r Christbaum

cinnamon star(s) r Zimtstern (-e)

garland (n.e Girlande (-n)

gift(s), present(s) s Geschenk (-e)

Happy New Year! Prosit Neujahr!

 

 

 

 

 

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Improve your ITALIAN PRONUNCIATION with 12speak! Playful Language Learning!

Hi guys,

are you in the right mood to practice your Italian? I sincerely hope so.

Listen to our new Pinocchio episode and practice your Italian pronunciation! You can also download it! What are you waiting for?

“Maestro Ciliegia regala il pezzo di legno al suo amico Geppetto, il quale lo prende per fabbricarsi un burattino maraviglioso che sappia ballare, tirar di scherma e fare i salti mortali

In quel punto fu bussato alla porta.

— Passate pure, — disse il falegname, senza aver la forza di rizzarsi in piedi.

Allora entrò in bottega un vecchietto tutto arzillo, il quale

aveva nome Geppetto; ma i ragazzi del vicinato, quando lo volevano far montare su tutte le furie, lo chiamavano col so- prannome di Polendina, a motivo della sua parrucca gialla che somigliava moltissimo alla polendina di granturco.

Geppetto era bizzosissimo. Guai a chiamarlo Polendina!

Diventava subito una bestia e non c’era più verso di tenerlo. — Buon giorno, mastr’Antonio, — disse Geppetto. — Che

cosa fate costì per terra?
— Insegno l’abbaco alle formicole.
— Buon pro vi faccia!
— Chi vi ha portato da me, compar Geppetto?
— Le gambe. Sappiate, mastr’Antonio, che son venuto da

voi, per chiedervi un favore.
— Eccomi qui, pronto a servirvi, — replicò il falegname,

rizzandosi su i ginocchi.
— Stamani m’è piovuta nel cervello un’idea. — Sentiamola.

— Ho pensato di fabbricarmi da me un bel burattino di legno; ma un burattino maraviglioso, che sappia ballare, tirare di scherma e fare i salti mortali. Con questo burattino voglio girare il mondo, per buscarmi un tozzo di pane e un bicchier di vino; che ve ne pare?

— Bravo Polendina! — gridò la solita vocina, che non si capiva di dove uscisse.”

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Do you want to be fluent in a language? Here what you need to learn!

Hi guys,

a little while back, the 26th September, we all celebrated the European Day of Languages. At that time we were focused on how important is to learn new languages.

Now, we want to take a step forward and ask you “How much to you want to be fluent?”. Well, Europe has established a framework to classify the proficiency in languages: the  so-called Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The CEFR divides learners into three main divisions which can then be divided into six another levels:

A Basic User
A1 Breakthrough or beginner
A2 Waystage or elementary
B Independent User
B1 Threshold or intermediate
B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
C Proficient User
C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
C2 Mastery or proficiency

The CEFR describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in the four main aspect of language learning: reading, listening, speaking and writing, at each level.

So, while you all think that C2 should be your goal, you should also keep in mind that with B1 you can still enjoy your targeted language for some useful purposes. What you need to do, at this stage, is to set up your goal.

In order to do this, here you have a very useful self assessment test to evaluate your language skills and set your next challenges!

Keep learning while having fun!

 

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WHY PLAY MATTERS FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING!

Hi guys,

today’s post aims to explain you why learning through games is so effective.

In doing this I want to ask you 2 simple questions:

1)   which was your favourite activity when you were a child?

2)   In what period of life do humans learn the most?

If the answers to the two questions are “Play” and “childhood” we can easily deduce that children learn most of the things by playing around. The question is: can we apply this concept to adults mindset?

adults learn while playing

Games involve a noble range of skills, such as experimenting, researching, logic, memory, curiosity and many more. They aim to provide enjoyment, increase motivation and develop tactical and strategic thinking. The problem is that many adults lose faith in games, they just feel like inappropriate during recreational activities slowing down the potential of educational games. They think that playing is a waste of time.

Have you ever attended a language class? Have you ever felt ashamed about playing with other students? I guess so!

But you should know that play is as important to our physical and mental health as getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising. Play teaches us how to manage and transform our “negative” emotions and stress.

By giving ourselves permission to play with the joy of childhood, we can continue to reap its benefits throughout life.

If you don’t trust me, you should trust Johan Huizinga, instead. He was a Dutch historian and professor, one of the founders of modern cultural history. He makes clear that “Play is older than culture, for culture, however inadequately defined, always presupposes human society, and animals have not waited for man to teach them their playing.”

 

He also identified 5 characteristics that play must have:

  1. Play is free, is in fact freedom.
  2. Play is not “ordinary” or “real” life.
  3. Play is distinct from “ordinary” life both as to locality and duration.
  4. Play creates order, is order. Play demands order absolute and supreme.
  5. Play is connected with no material interest, and no profit can be gained from it.

Play is just a doorway to learning. When you play you create, feel challenged, pass time, calm and focus. You should also play for the fun and joy of it!

The proof of the pudding is in the eating!

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Happy thanksgiving!

Hi guys,

 

happy thanksgiving to you all (or at least to the ones who celebrate it)!!

Even if you’re not celebrating it officially, why not trying this amazing recipe for a perfect turkey?! I’ll bet you won’t regret it!

So ready, steady, go and buy all the ingredients!

You will need:
– a whole turkey (neck and giblet removed)
– 2 cups kosher salt
– 1/2 cup butter, melted
– 2 large onions, peeled and chopped
– 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
– 4 stalks celery, chopped
– some sprigs fresh thyme
– some bay leaves
– 1 cup dry white wine

Directions

Rub the whole turkey (in and out) with the kosher salt. Place it in a large stock pot, and cover with cold water. Then put it in the refrigerator. This will allow the turkey to soak in the salt and water mixture, therefore you need 12 hours, or even better leave it overnight.

Preheat oven to 175-180 C. Then proceed this way: thoroughly rinse the whole turkey and brush it with 1/2 the melted butter. Once you’ve finished, place it breast side down on a roasting rack in a shallow roasting pan. Stuff the cavity with 1 onion, 1/2 the carrots, 1/2 the celery, some sprig of thyme, and some bay leaves. Scatter the remaining vegetables and thyme around the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover with the wine.

Roast uncovered for at least 4 hours in the preheated oven. Once the owen is at 180 C, turn the turkey breast side up about 2/3 through the roasting time, and brush it using the remaining butter.

Before carving, allow the turkey to stand for at least 30 minutes.

And then start you thanksgiving tasting session! Don’t forget to tell us how was it!

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