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« Reply #40 on: May 11, 2009 09:30:53 AM »

Awesome swap! And questionnaire sent! Cheesy

Meep, forgot to write the language-specifics ^^  My first language is Swedish, but I can offer German as well (Since the bf's mother is from Germany so he speaks it)

And next semester I will be learning Russian at my university, cuz that's the most awesome and beautiful language in the world! Cheesy I just hope I get in! <3
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« Reply #41 on: May 11, 2009 09:33:53 AM »

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Creole languages make for a pretty interesting study in the history of human migrations,

oooohhhh historical MAPS!! craft idea.   i suck at history and geography, but i always wish i didn't and try to learn some, even though it's late.
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« Reply #42 on: May 11, 2009 09:51:24 AM »

Oh maps, YES!

You know.... apparently the old seafaring ethnicities of Indonesia had trade routes with the North Australian Aborigines... AND the Malagasy off the coast of Africa. The language of Madagascar is closely related to Malay.

Man. Maps open up a whole new world of fun. Imagine learning the cities of the world in Japanese...


BTW: I would love for some Russian speakers to come and join. A few more Dutch and Swedish speakers wouldn't go astray either. Arabic too, please - unless one of our current swappers will be happy with my tiny tiny knowledge of Arabic - which is mostly rooted in Islamic greeting and exclamations (I can say something like "Allah save my eyes from what they've witnessed" in Arabic.... )
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« Reply #43 on: May 11, 2009 09:59:04 AM »

Oh, maps would be cool!

What about food related crafts... like a reusable shopping bag stenciled with the words for favourite foods in your partner's chosen language, or a crafted recipe book teaching your partner to cook some typical dishes in the country/countries where their language is spoken (with the recipe in that language)?

Travel journal, making use of the language.

Embroidery opens a whole world of possibilities, since embroidered text is so easily bent to languages Smiley
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« Reply #44 on: May 11, 2009 10:02:27 AM »

This is a reasonably important organiser note

We're getting a lot of EFL speakers here - what I mean is that this is turning truly international, and we're starting to get swappers whose first language is not English. This is awesome.  I am so excited about this swap!

But.

I speak, and write, a slangy casual Australian English. And sometimes it means that I use a turn of phrase, or an idiom or something that's not easily understood outside of Australia. If you can't understand something that I'm saying, please please please slip me a PM, and I'll adjust what I'm saying so that it's more easily understood.

That is all. As you were.
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« Reply #45 on: May 11, 2009 10:03:15 AM »

LostinOz, those are some fantastic ideas. I'll add them to the list at the start of this thread.
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« Reply #46 on: May 11, 2009 11:28:58 AM »

If you have more EFL does that mean that I can join? I live in England which as you may know (if you know random information like this) has flipping terrible language teaching at school. I still know a smidge of French but mostly what my grandma taught me before I started school. Other than that I just know some Yiddish.

Im applying to move to Japan to teach English next year though so need to get to it with the Japanese and this seems like it would be perfect! Also have a holiday in Spain in October and anything that would help there as well.
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« Reply #47 on: May 11, 2009 11:50:42 AM »

I speak, and write, a slangy casual Australian English. And sometimes it means that I use a turn of phrase, or an idiom or something that's not easily understood outside of Australia.

I have the same problem! I sometimes have to translate my Australian English for the British people in my office, or my boyfriend and his parents. I don't even realise I'm using strange Aussie idioms until someone looks at me funny, or laughs. Then there's my non-native English speaking colleagues who get *really* confused by the strange things I say, yet somehow I'm the go-to person for clarifying the "correct" English.

Crafted phrase book? I find the most important things to know when travelling are usually ordering food, checking into hotels/hostels, buying tickets, and dealing with public transport. It wouldn't be too hard to reduce the basics into a mini-phrase book, at least in the languages I'm mildly familiar with. Edit: Just re-read first post, that's already on the list Smiley

Gah! So many crafty ideas!
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« Reply #48 on: May 11, 2009 12:02:41 PM »

This is a really cool swap!!! Unfortunately, I just don't have the time for it since I'm in three right now. But for what it's worth (and should there be a second language swap!): My French approaches fluency; Spanish is there but rusty -- it comes back when I need it (with French thrown in, lol); Italian is rudimentary, but enough that I can get around; ASL and German are probably a notch down from that; then I have assorted random words and phrases in Slovak/Czech and Korean. I used to know the Korean alphabet (and subsequently, could read anything printed, although I had no idea what I was reading) and could probably relearn it if I found my notes again. I LOVE languages and try to pick things up anytime I can. {sigh} I wish this swap had started just a little bit later! All these cool ones are overlapping!

Here's an idea: Someone could illustrate (draw, paint, cut up a magazine, stamp, whatever) and caption a well-known fairytale (thank you, Hans Christian Andersen) in X language. Ooh, and even narrate it on cassette!

One of my favorite things for my dd is a cd of traditional French children's songs. How fun would it be to have traditional songs in different languages? They're old, so no copyright issues there. Like, every little native English speaker learns "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," and little French children learn "Sur le pont d'Avignon," etc. What do little Russian/Indonesian/whatever kids learn?

There, hopefully I've made myself useful.  Cheesy
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« Reply #49 on: May 11, 2009 03:01:29 PM »

"A-E-I-O-U: el burro sabe mas que tu"
my mexican friend was so impressed that i knew this... apparently even if gringos speak a lot of spanish, they usually never know the childhood stuff...


great ideas, grenouille!  sorry if you can't join us... but you should TRY... Huh

i think anything in common right text... what's the english i want here?  public domain, yeah.... anything that has passed into public domain is fair game.

(sorry my brain only slept 2 hrs.  but i did finish grades on time, so that was good.)

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