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Steiner and Rhythm in Language Learning

When Rudolf Steiner wrote the first "Waldorf curriculum outline", via essays, lectures and meetings with educators, his vision was one that made the learning of a foreign language a living and connected part of the whole; the whole human, the whole of a child's education. Language learning...

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Sneaky Advantages Discovered by Bilingual Children and Spouses

What is the advantage that a small child learning two languages will miss, but becomes apparent very quickly later? The fact that communicating a juicy bit of gossip or highly controversial opinion in public incognito-like may be possible in the other tongue. NO! I do not encourage gossip or...

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Narrative for your Language Success

I observe and study language learning going on in the world every day, there is a pattern, there are common threads, because language binds us, lets us share: joy, sorrow, a joke, and the fact that I need the shower in ten minutes, could you hurry up? Let's picture a typical morning in a family...

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Let us Label...Tout! Surround Yourself with French

The more it is a part of your world, the more French is going to stick. This means hearing, repeating and using your French, and seeing it in every place you are every day. How can you help but pick it up? I would suggest using good tape and your eyes. If you are the type to enjoy placing...

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What I Can Share: An Ardour for French

The pause is where it's at. Yes, I know I just ended that sentence leaving that preposition dangling, which is not always a crime, unless it feels like it has lost its object. Before the arrival of Corona and the need to remain home for great lengths of time, my object(ive) had been buried in...

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Christmas in France

Looking at France on a map from, say the United States or Australia, one might believe that it is a small-to-medium-sized nation and most likely fairly homogeneous in its traditions and language. A word of caution; never, ever confront a Briton, a Toulousain, an Alsacien, a Parisian nor yet a...

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My Next Voyage: and Yours?

No matter where I go, there will always be an ache in my heart for somewhere else. It is human nature. It is beautiful and painful, this must have been the sentiment that led to the word "bittersweet". This can be qualified as overly dramatic in the times we inhabit. But just look, the world...

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Le Matin: Beginning the Day Avec Joie

Mornings, "en confinement" or in quarantine, have taken on a new feeling, and most likely a completely different one for each of us. Gratitude, or "la reconnaissance" comes naturally, and yet, takes a little more effort, after perhaps one more night of "insomnie". The very word insomnia was not...

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Sweet French Words: Love and Midnight Larks

Toutes mes félicitations! Bonne fête! Resers-la; elle meurt de soif! How falling in love in France caused me to learn about one of the deeply secret pranks of May Day in the Southwest region of les Landes. And all you need to know to properly celebrate, share and congratulate in the...

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Comment Dit-On?

How do you say: "Pass the mashed potatoes, please."? "Passe-moi la purée, s'il te plaît" or less formally: "Fait-pêter la purée", which roughly translates to what I never expect to hear from my off-spring in public: "Lemme have the mashed potatoes, would ya?" The holidays are going to be a...

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