23rd March 2015
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in Madrid, Spain
Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Catalog of Beautiful
Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Maria Popova
The euphoria experienced as you begin to fall in love, the pile
of books bought but unread, the coffee "threefill," and other
lyrical linguistic delights.
"Words belong to each other," Virginia Woolf said in the only
surviving recording of her voice, a magnificent meditation on the
beauty of language. But what happens when words are kept apart by
too much unbridgeable otherness? "Barring downright deceivers,
mild imbeciles and impotent poets, there exist, roughly speaking,
three types of translators," Vladimir Nabokov opened his strongly
worded opinion on translation. Indeed, this immeasurably complex
yet vastly underappreciated art of multilingual gymnastics, which
helps words belong to each other and can reveal volumes about the
human condition, is often best illuminated through the negative
space around it — those foreign words so rich and layered in
meaning that the English language, despite its own unusual
vocabulary, renders them practically untranslatable.
Spring, my favourite season, is almost upon us in the northern hemisphere, & the Easter break is on the way for some, so this week we've got a
mish mash of ideas, links & plans on Easter, festivals & Spring.
A lesson plan about Spring breaks:
Easter traditions around the world - stds explain local traditions & compare with other countries. For a few links go to
- This could be the excuse you've been waiting for - Chocolate! - coming from Easter eggs - what a link! There's loads of info on the net about the art of making chocolate, recipes, the history & care of chocolate - did you know that chocolate eaten in moderation helps you live longer - we all secretly hoped that anyway!http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/exploring_chocolate/
index.html There are a few sites which talk of chocolate eating being better than sex! Among many reasons given, it is said that 'it doesn't make you pregnant, it's easy to find, size doesn't matter with chocolate, it satisfies even when it has gone soft & you can have it on your work desk without offending anyone!' When looking at the theme of chocolate you could incorporate a chocolate tasting into the lesson - stds taste different ones & vote - it would be better to keep the wrappers secret until the results are announced - lots of fun! If you are abroad do try & get hold of some chocolates from your home country to use in the tasting.
Lesson plan on the site about chocolate - quotes about chocolate & a chapter from 'Chocolat' - reading lesson:
- For the younger learners - a treasure hunt - two teams write instructions for each other, 'Look under the door for the next clue' etc, until they reach the Easter egg provided as a prize by their generous teacher!
- design & send Easter cards
- decorate eggs (getting into shapes & animal lexical sets etc.)
- make Easter Bunny masks
- interview the Easter Bunny
- chocolate tasting!
- Easter worksheets for the younger learner at:
A lesson plan on 10 very strange festivals:
- As they say on the site: "What is an "Easter Egg"? - The term "Easter Egg", as we use it here, means any amusing tidbit that creators hid in their creations. They could be in computer software, movies, music, art, books, or even your watch. There are thousands of them, and they can be quite entertaining, if you know where to look. This site will help you discover Easter Eggs in the things you see and use everyday, and let you share Easter Eggs you discover with the rest of the world." So, give your stds a different kind of Easter Egg.
- Easter Island - 'has long been the subject of curiosity and speculation. How and why did its inhabitants carve and transport the massive statues which surround the island? What remains of this culture today, and what lessons can we learn from their legacy?
- Spring is the month for fashions - cut up lots of fashion pics from magazines - lots you can do with them - e.g. work out wardrobes for selves/each other/famous personalities - combined with physical description vocab - connected to mood adjectives reflected in clothes, adjective order, blind date describing appearance when meeting etc.…
- lots of ideas on Spring & the younger learner from Teach-nology
- why change the clocks?
Gardens & Gardening - not a topic that comes up much in the coursebooks & no. 1 hobby in the UK - topical at this time of year:
- get stds to design their ideal gardens/parks - if you've got them, use cuisenaire rods.
- for the younger learner; plant something - use the topic of Spring as the basis for a project.
- Figurative language - all things to do with gardening - to flourish/to nip something in the bud/salt of the earth/raking over the ashes/a spurt of new growth/blossoming/blooming/to have green fingers, etc.. To get ideas on how to approach figurative language check out an ELTJ article - 50/1 January 1996 - called 'Using Figurative Language to Expand Students' Vocabulary' by Gillian Lazar. And also 'Meanings and Metaphors: Activities to Practise Figurative Language' (Cambridge Copy Collection) by Gillian Lazar (CUP):
- Poetry - William Blake poems such as 'Spring', 'The Sick Rose', 'My Pretty Rose Tree', 'Ah! Sun-Flower', 'The Lilly', 'The Garden of Love', 'The Echoing Green' & 'The Lamb'.
- 10 best poems about Spring from the Guardian:
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