We’re in the home stretch of the Livemocha Summer Video Challenge and WOW have we had some fantastic videos come in. Tips, tricks, songs, skits, American pop culture turned French, and skydiving… yes, skydiving.
First up is Kathryn who worked on a skit in Spanish with her niece. So cute!
Next we have Michael – The French Prince of Bel-Air*
And finally, Sagar, a native Hindi speaker, who used Livemocha to help him learn his Spanish, and has picked up some conversational Portuguese while living and working in Brazil… apparently it’s not enough yet, though, ’cause he didn’t understand instructions as to how to jump from a perfectly good airplane. Yikes!
This week’s honorable mentions:
- Our Aussie friend, Stephanie, with a great tip: don’t get mired in the details, just do it!
- Robert – with some Spanish phrases you should know.
- James – with tips on how he uses his smart phone in his language learning.
- And, Sagar, again, singing Voce e assim – Tribalistas in Portuguese.
*The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a popular American sit-com that ran from 1990-1996, starring Will Smith. Definitely an iconic American TV show. (When this song starts playing, anyone between the ages of 20 and 45 will start singing every word!)
Lyrics – Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I liked to take a minute
Just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air
In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days
Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool
And all shootin some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys
Who were up to no good
Startin making trouble in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
She said ‘You’re movin’ with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air’
I begged and pleaded with her day after day
But she packed my suite case and send me on my way
She gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket.
I put my walkman on and said, ‘I might as well kick it’.
First class, yo this is bad
Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass.
Is this what the people of Bel-Air Living like?
Hmmmmm this might be alright.
I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I can say this cab is rare
But I thought ‘Now forget it’ – ‘Yo homes to Bel Air’
I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8
And I yelled to the cabbie ‘Yo homes smell ya later’
I looked at my kingdom
I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air