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The name derives from: the Greek καλός (kalos), “beautiful” + είδος (eidos) + mundi (form of the Latin word mundus for world)

Mission of Kaleidomundi & the Create your World book series:

  • To create global citizens who are engaged in the world, passionate about world events and confident international travelers and communicators.
  • To empower you to interact and appreciate other cultures and ways of life.
  • To give you the skills to travel economically and see the world.
  • To teach you how to easily learn foreign languages and have fun.

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Language is Music

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Next week will be a bonanza week for me in terms of presentations on learning languages via music and preserving endangered languages with songs and technology.

If you’re in California, I’ll be in both Northern and Southern California presenting.

Here they are in chronological order.

Monday March 3, 2014 Language is MusicLecture
“The survival of the Judeo-Spanish language through music”
(I will also screen the demo of the film “Saved by Language”.)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

150 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112
Room: MLK225
12:30-1:20 pm

 

For more information about other events held during San Jose State University’s Foreign Language Week, click here.

 

Wednesday March 5, 2014, UCLA Symposium on the Preservation and Revitalization of Judeo-Spanish, Los Angeles. CA

2:15-2:45 pm, My talk: Revitalization of Ladino/Judeo-Spanish through music and technological innovation.

The conference is FREE (lunch and reception provided) and goes from Click here for the program.

Conference program: http://www.ucladino.com/symposium/program

Conference Date and time: March 5-6, 9am-4pm

Address:
Charles E. Young Research Library Building, UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

Map: http://www.library.ucla.edu/about/research-library-location

Pre-register here.

***Special treat! Ladino rock musician, Sarah Aroeste will give a free concert on Wednesday March 5 at 7:30pm.
SARAH AROESTE’s concert.
FOWLER Museum at UCLA, March 5. 7:30 PM

 

Saturday March 8, 2014

My presentation: Music + language (songs) activate our brains, hearts and souls. By using songs, we can learn foreign languages and save dying tongues.

TedX Susanna Zaraysky

TEDx Santa Cruz, California

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Hotel Paradox, Santa Cruz

611 Ocean Street , Santa Cruz , California 95060

Buy tickets here.

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How do an exercise bike and a Brazilian Portuguese language book go together?41FNVGV2MVL._SL500_AA300_2011-08-05-exercise-bike

Well, one keeps me from falling asleep because of the other.

Problem: I like languages but I fall asleep reading grammar books.

I speak fluent Portuguese but there are some gaps in my grammar because I never studied the language formally. When I started with Portuguese many years ago, I would read my grammar book, Com Licença: Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Speakers but it made me fall asleep, leaving holes in my knowledge of the structure of the language. Most of my Portuguese I learned from listening to Portuguese immigrant radio, from speaking to Brazilians and from reading. I want to learn how to properly form the future subjunctive tense in Portuguese because I want to speak the language correctly. The tense doesn’t exist in Spanish or in any other language I know. I hear it in Brazilian songs, I read it and I hear it in everyday language but I barely use it. What helps me is that I recognize the use of this tense in songs and when I see it written and hear it spoken. This is where music helps people learn languages. If you listen to a song, memorize the lyrics, sing along and know what the lyrics are about, when you go on to learn grammar, the grammar isn’t as hard to learn because you already know the patterns of the language and how sentences are formed. As I explain in my book on learning languages via music, Language is Music, you still have to learn grammar when picking up a new tongue, it can’t be totally absorbed just through songs, movies, TV, radio and other media.

Solution: Since I have to exercise anyway, I figured that I’d take my Portuguese book to the exercise bike as it’s impossible to fall asleep while cycling. It worked! Although it was sometimes hard to move the pages while cycling, I was able to both do my exercise and review grammar. It would have been great to meet a friendly Brazilian at the gym to help me with some of my doubts but that wasn’t the case! If I had been reading a book on Chinese or Hindi grammar, I could have easily found someone at my gym to explain things to me as there are many Chinese and Indian people at my gym.

If you’re looking for a way to study grammar but reading at the stationary bike doesn’t appeal to you, try a podcast so that you can be in motion and listen at the same time.

I recall going for a walk two years ago and listening to this Tá Falado podcast episode about the future subjunctive. I revisited that episode again this week but I was in my car.

Future subjunctive

Tá Falado Podcast, Brazilian Portuguese for those who know Spanish. It’s free!

There are also other aspects of Portuguese grammar I am working on learning. Soon, I’ll go for a walk and listen to the Tá Falado podcast on the personalized infinitive.

Obviously, listening to samba is much more fun than going over conjugation charts at the gym, especially when there is something more interesting on the gym’s television, but the trick is not in avoiding studying grammar, it is in finding a way to make grammar work in your life. If you prefer to listen to a grammar explanation while cooking, do that. Find what works for you!