BBC Children’s Series Now In Manx Gaelic

Children on the Isle of Man, UK, will now have the chance to learn Manx Gaelic by watching the BBC’s Children’s animated series, ‘Friends and Heroes’.  The series has already been translated into 11 languages and has now added Manx Gaelic. It is available with English subtitles to make it easier to pick up the language. Manx Gaelic is the native language of the Isle of Man. In 2009, it was officially declared ‘extinct’ by Unesco but it has since made a remarkable revival.

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New Year Review! BBC Active Quickstart French

bbc-active-quickstart-frenchGoing to France this year? Or, another French-speaking country? We asked one of our volunteer reviewers, Becky Delalandre, to review the BBC Active Quickstart French language course. Becky had some knowledge of the French language from her school days but wanted to brush up on her skills to help her feel more confident speaking French during trips to France. So, we introduced her to the BBC Active Quickstart French language course and, this is what she had to say>>

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BBC Active Quickstart French Language Course Review

bbc-active-quickstart-frenchAn independent language advantage course review by Becky Delalandre – Worcester, UK

I have some knowledge of the French language from school and I also did a recreational GCSE French course around 8 years ago.  I wanted to brush up on my skills and to gain confidence to speak more French while in France. I tried the BBC Active Quickstart French language course and think that it is good value for money at £13.99. As a beginner, I found the course easy to follow. Each section used reflective learning methods where a conversation took place in French, after an introduction in English. This conversation was then broken down into multiple sections and there was time for you to repeat each sentence and to answer the questions relating to the phrases.

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Today is Poisson D’Avril!

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Photo taken by Andrea Lainé

The 1st of April is called ‘Poisson d’avril’ in France and other French-speaking countries. It means literally ‘Fish of April’ and children try and stick a paper fish on the backs of their family and friends. In other parts of the world, the 1st of April is well-known as April Fools Day and people play practical jokes on each other.

One of the best know April Fools Day spoofs was by the BBC in 1957, supposedly showing a family in Switzerland harvesting from spaghetti trees. Find out more and watch the clip

What practical jokes will you play today?!

New Year, New Muzzy

bbc-muzzy-20th-anniversary-edition-level-1BBC Muzzy is still one of the best and most innovative language courses for kids on the market.   Currently available as a BBC Muzzy 20th Anniversary Edition language course, the program includes ALL five of the languages – French, Spanish, German, Italian and English.  Your child can focus on just one language – or dip in and out of all five.   [Read more…]

Get Your Kids Learning Languages With The Lingo Show TV Series!

The Lingo Show is a 10 minute TV programme filled with songs, stories and cartoons to encourage young children to learn languages. The Lingo Show has a new series starting on the 12th March 2012 on CBeebies (BBC). The first series will look at Mandarin Chinese, French and Spanish.

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BBC Muzzy Language Courses

language advantage recommends BBC Muzzy, one of the best and most innovative language courses for kids


bbc-muzzy-20th-anniversary-level-1BBC Muzzy 20th Anniversary Edition Level 2

 

 

 

 


BBC Muzzy is one of the best and most innovative language courses for kids on the market! Put the DVD on and see your young kids captivated by their new language … and soon they’ll be repeating songs and phrases – and you may be too!   Choose from levels 1 and 2 of the BBC Muzzy 20th Anniversary Edition which includes 5 target languages – French, German, Italian, Spanish and English (ESL).   They’ll get their language advantage!

Learning a language will never be this easy again. Up to the minute scientific research shows that the brain’s ‘window of opportunity’ for learning a second language is from birth to ages 10 or 12. Experts say early learning enriches overall mental development, including improved memory and better cognitive and listening skills. This could be the most important gift you ever give your child.

This famous BBC language course uses the award-winning character MUZZY, compelling stories and delightful songs to bring language to life. It’s fun and it works. Almost like magic, the proven ‘see-listen-and-learn’ technique engages kids’ natural ability to learn language.


01   BBC Muzzy Language Courses – 20th Anniversary Edition Level 1 for children

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level: Children
languages: All five languages – French, German, Italian, Spanish and English (ESL)
media: DVD (Region 2), CD, CD-ROM, book

Buy a BBC Muzzy Language Course now>>

UK and Europe only *** Please check DVD region is suitable for your country***

02 BBC Muzzy Language Courses – 20th Anniversary Edition Level 2 for children

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level: Children (includes more new words, phrases, new usage for conversation and construction)
languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish and English (ESL)
media: DVD (Region 2), CD, CD-ROM, book

Buy a BBC Muzzy Language Course now>>
UK and Europe only *** Please check DVD region is suitable for your country***


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I WANT TO LEARN … A LANGUAGE FOR MY SUMMER HOLIDAY!

The holiday season is here! Get more from your time away when you learn a bit of the local language.

We’ve selected the best and most innovative quick holiday courses for beginners, so that you can pick up the essentials before you head away – even if you’ve never studied a language before. Or just download a language course onto your ipod or mp3 player … and learn on the plane … on the beach … or at the bar! Don’t just speak English, get the holiday language advantage!


While you’re there:

There are lots of different language courses you can download onto your ipod or mp3 player and take away on holiday with you.

01 Michel Thomas

audible-michel-thomas-method-portugueseOne of our favourite download courses is the Michel Thomas Method, which is available in all your favourite holiday languages from Spanish to Portuguese.

languages: Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Learn a language on your iPod ® in the UK>>

02 Teach Yourself One-Day

audible-teach-yourself-one-day-spanishTeach Yourself cover lots of levels and lots of languages – but these short courses are a perfect way to get learning for your holiday.

languages: French, German, Greek, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish

Learn a language on your iPod ® in the UK>>

03 BBC Quickstart

audible-bbc-quickstart-frenchBBC Quickstart is for you if you are going away on a weekend or short European break and want to grasp the basics of the language, without having to master any complicated grammar or phrases.

languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish

Learn a language on your iPod ® in the UK>>


Before you go:

01 Teach Yourself One-Day

teach-yourself-polish-one-dayIf you’re a complete (and we mean complete) beginner, then these may be the courses that get you started with French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish in just one-day. Perfect for that holiday or weekend break. Much better than just speaking English.

languages: French, German, Greek, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish

method: audio cd, booklet, dvd (French, Spanish only)

read our Teach Yourself one-day Greek review!

more information and to buy  Teach Yourself one-day from our Teach Yourself shop [UK and Europe]>>

more information and to buy  Teach Yourself one-day from our Teach Yourself store [USA and Americas]>>

02 Pimsleur Quick & Simple

pimsleur-italian-quick-simpleEight quick and simple audio lessons from Pimsleur to give you a start in conversation in your new language.   It’s like learning a language when you were a kid – slowing building up key words and phrases.   Just do 30 minutes a day and you’ll see progress in no time at all.

languages: Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek (Modern), Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish

method: audio cd

read our Pimsleur quick & simple Mandarin Chinese review!

more information and to buy  Pimsleur Quick & Simple [USA and Amercias]>>

03 Talk Now!

eurotalk-talk-now-dutchTalk Now! is the world’s bestselling language learning CD-ROM series for beginners, used by more than eight million people to date. It’s an ideal introduction to a new language for an absolute beginner and leaves you with the basic vocabulary to get by and the first building blocks of your new language. You can have fun learning through playing games and even record your voice to compare yourself to native speakers.   There is an amazing range of languages – perhaps the widest ever available – over 100!

languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Alsatian, American English, Amharic, Arabic, Arabic (Classical), Arabic (Modern Standard), Armenian, Assamese, Azeri, Basque, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Breton, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cantonese Chinese, Catalan, Chichewa, Chuvash, Cornish, Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujurati, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jèrriais, Kannada, Khmer, Kirghiz, Korean, Kurdish, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luganda, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Mandarin Chinese, Manx, Maori, Marathi, Mexican Spanish, Mongolian, Navajo, Nepali, Norwegian, Papiamentu, Pashto, Pidgin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Romansh, Russian, Rwandan, Saami, Sardinian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian, Sesotho, Setswana, Shona, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Swiss German, Tagalog, Tamazight, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu

media: cd-rom

platform: pc, mac

more information and to  buy  Talk Now! CD-ROM language software [UK and Europe]>>
more information and to  buy  Talk Now! CD-ROM language software [USA and Americas]>>


Not sure which language course to go for?   Contact us now for more advice!

Muzzy Is The Bestselling Language Course For Kids

Learn French using BBC Muzzy

BBC Muzzy is one of the best and most innovative language courses for kids on the market.   Just put on the DVD and see your young kids captivated by their new language … soon they’ll be repeating songs and phrases – and you may be too!   This could be the most important gift you ever give your child. They’ll get their language advantage! [Read more…]

BBC TALK PORTUGUESE ON-LINE REVIEW

An independent language course review by Sarah Maddocks

Talk Portuguese is an on-line introduction to Portuguese set in Portugal and Brazil. It is divided into 10 short sections with slideshows, video clips, useful phrases and quizzes. The course covers 10 subjects such as your typical topics i.e. greetings, introducing yourself and others, describing yourself, in a cafe, directions, food shopping, accommodation, getting around, in a restaurant and hobbies). The website suggests that you also try out (alongside the course) the TV series, a book and audio cassettes and also if you are a tutor to look at the tutor notes with added activities. To be honest, once you’ve done the on-line course you don’t have to buy the BBC Talk language pack, unless you want to do the above away from your computer if you’re on your way to work. The TV series might be good to see what you can understand though. The internet course is in a step-by-step layout and easy to navigate around, although one thing to be aware of is you have to double click on the arrows otherwise you will be waiting 5 minutes for it to load (don’t want to own up to doing that as looking back it does sound like a very stupid thing to do!)

I think the best thing for me to do is to get the negatives out of the way (there’re not many so please don’t stop reading here and not try out the course because it sounds bad!!). I found that the most annoying thing about the on-line course is that you can’t see the dialogue from the slideshows in both English and Portuguese. You can see them side by side in the useful phrases section, but I would have liked to hear and read the phrases in both languages at the same time. The quiz is sometimes irritating as there are an assortment of answer types (that’s not the irritating thing) and some of them are fill in the blanks. This is especially difficult seeing as the word is not actually in the useful phrases (i.e. vocé is you – sorry have just told you one of the answers!) and so you are not told how to spell this beforehand. The only way you would know what the answer is would be to sit down, take notes from the slideshow (which would be easier if both languages were on the same screen) and then learn the notes (I know I sound like I’m moaning on a bit too much about this but it has annoyed me, plus if I wanted to do a course where I had to write things down then I would have chosen to do a paper course and not an on-line one!).

I think this is a great way of really learning the spoken accent and knowing what to expect if (or when) you visit the country.

Right, I think I have done enough ranting and raving on the bad parts,so it’s now time for the good bit. I found that the video clips were good because they used native speakers, so at first it is hard to understand the accent but once you have listened a couple of times you can really hear and understand what is being said. I think this is a great way of really learning the spoken accent and knowing what to expect if (or when) you visit the country. I thought the quiz was good as it allows you to fill in the blanks without having to worry about accents on the words, it accepts the word without accents typed in, this is very handy as it often takes me about 10 minutes to find the right accent for certain letters (this is also unusual for online courses to do this, instead they just flash an incorrect on the screen with the correct version of the word – of course with accents!).

Another great thing about this course is that the sections are short and fun. I seemed to absorb more vocabulary and information by doing one unit a day rather than cramming them all into one session. Each section took me around 15-20 minutes which I found was the right amount of time to actually remember what I had learnt the next day. This is fab especially if you work, you can just come home, turn the computer on, do 15 minutes of Portuguese a night (time that would be spent watching half an episode of Neighbours!) and hey presto in about 2 weeks you would have completed a beginners’ Portuguese language course (the miracle of modern technology never ceases to amaze!) The course needs Flash in order for the video clips to work. The BBC website offers a link to get this downloaded for free, and it is worth doing this as it is good to watch the video clips with sound.

One thing you should remember if trying this course out is that it is better to have a fast internet connection as it could take a while for each screen to load (this however is not a must have but if you are like me and slightly inpatient it is probably better to have a speedy one). The site also mentions the fact that you may have problems connecting to the video course if the internet is too busy. I’ve tried this site at various times of the day and so far (touch wood) have had no problems, so don’t let that put you off!

And did I forget to mention this? The on-line Talk Portuguese course is free. Yes, you pay nothing … thank you BBC Education.

Overall I would recommend people to try this course. At the end of the day, it takes 15 minutes to do one session which is hardly a lifetime – and in exchange you get to speak a little Portuguese from doing it. And did I forget to mention this? The on-line Talk Portuguese course is free. Yes, you pay nothing … thank you BBC Education. All I have to do now is track down somewhere I can go and speak to people in my newly acquired language!!

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