While in Sarajevo last month filming the documentary Saved By Language (about how the endangered language of Ladino saved a Jewish boy’s life in World War II), I spent time with my dear friend Damir Imamović. He’s a sevdah musician and singer. We went to a vista point in the hills surrounding Sarajevo and filmed… Read more »
Posts Categorized: How to learn languages with songs and the media
Last month, I was in Poland and was thrilled to speak in various languages with Richard Simcott and Luca Lampariello. We recorded various videos about language learning. There are more videos in other languages to come. Here are the last two: 1) This one is about how Luca and I have used music to learn… Read more »
Luciana Lage of Street Smart Brazil and I teamed up once again to show the differences between Spanish and Portuguese in the song, “Amigo” by Roberto Carlos. Read the blog post on the Street Smart Brazil websit with more information and song lyrics to use this song to distinguish Spanish from Portuguese. Roberto Carlos sings… Read more »
Last week, I did a guest post on Polyglot Dream (Luca Lampariello’s popular language learning blog about how to learn languages and attain native-like pronunciation. I internalize the foreign languages that I learn to the point where I physically and emotionally resonate with them. I made a playlist of videos in English, Russian, French, Spanish,… Read more »
So you’re not from a bilingual family and you live in a monolingual area where there’s no one who speaks the language you’re learning, you can still learn a new language. Aaron Myers and I had a recorded Skype conversation about how “everyday” people can speak a new language when they don’t have the advantages… Read more »
La “r” en inglés es distincta a la “r” en español. Como pronunciar la “r” en inglés mediante la canción “Cry me a river” de Ella Fitzgerald. Canto un segmento de la canción en inglés y en español (Llorame un río).
In this video interview, Aaron Myers, an expat from the US who has been raising two children in Istanbul for over four years gives advice about how to raise kids in a different country and maintain two languages.
Do you want to know what the Brazilian Portuguese words “nossa”, “balada”, “pegar”, and “galera” mean? Do you want to distinguish the words “mas” and “mais” and not confuse them? You can learn those lessons in the latest music video that Luciana Lage of Street Smart Brazil and I made using the super popular Brazilian pop… Read more »
Aprendi português ouvindo a radio portuguesa e cancoes brasileiras. Sei que e posivel aprender uma nova lingua sem viver no pais onde se fala a lingua. Eu nunca morei em um pais que fala a lingua portuguesa mas, eu falo o português. Falo 7 línguas (ruso, francês, espanhol, italiano, serbo croata, português e inglês). Nesse… Read more »
I often hear these excuses: “I have no ear for languages” or “I don’t have any musical talent, so I can’t learn a foreign language”. WRONG! Here is a very short video I did on Spanish language television (with English subtitles) about how my deaf German friend learned English with the help of the flute…. Read more »