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Have Fun with Your Language Learning!

Getting overworked? Is your brain starting to freeze out anything new in your target language? That’s OK! Bearing down on your studies can become a real drag sometimes. So, for our English and French learners (and anyone who wants a good laugh), we present Funny Talking Cats Play Patty Cake. (Just a little lighthearted fun)
 

Here’s the original English version.

 

And now for a French rendition of the same silliness.

 

Do you know of more funny videos that you can share here?

 

Keep on learning!

Be sure to continue your language learning in Livemocha.com. Online lessons and opportunities to connect with native speakers are free—and in thirty-five languages!

 

Livemocha is a Rosetta Stone company.

Make Your Language Learning Better – Free Demo

As a language learner you’ve undoubtedly tried your fair share of services, books, and online options to get started on your language-learning journey. You may already know that Livemocha is a fantastic place to cut your teeth on a new language. You may also know that Livemocha is a Rosetta Stone® company.

What you may not know is that Rosetta Stone learning is way more than the yellow box that people associate it with. The company offers high-quality online and mobile language-learning features (effective and fun features that Livemocha doesn’t offer.)

 
Immersion Learning.
One-on-One Coaches.
Mobile Learning.
Apps and Games.
And so much more.
 

Try now for FREE!

We encourage you to give it a try!

Helping you optimize your language learning is very important to us….  read more

Test Your Vocabulary Skills! Fun With Homonyms

Homonym: a word that is spelled and pronounced like another word but is different in meaning

Answer:
Bawled

Usage: 

The baby bawled every night at bedtime.

bawl (bôl)
v. bawled, bawl·ing, bawls
v.intr.

To cry or sob loudly; wail.
To cry out loudly and vehemently; shout.

v.tr. To utter in a loud, vehement voice. See Synonyms at shout.
n. A loud, bellowing cry; a wail.
 

Usage:

The smiling man is bald.

bald (bôld)

adj. bald·er, bald·est

Lacking hair on the head.
Lacking a natural or usual covering: a bald spot on the lawn.
Lacking treads: a bald tire.
Zoology Having white feathers or markings on the head, as in some birds or mammals.
Lacking ornamentation; unadorned.
Undisguised; blunt: a bald statement of policy.

 

Usage: 

The hedge hog is all balled up!

ball (bôl)

A spherical object or entity: a steel ball.
A spherical or almost spherical body: a ball of flame.

v. balled, ball·ing, balls

v.tr.

To form into a ball.

v.intr.

To become formed into a ball.

 

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Fix Your Grammar [video] – Your… wait… you’re going to love it.

Grammar can be tricky;
especially when you’re speaking about English – this amalgam of Latin and Germanic roots that borrows, nay steals words from well… everywhere. (English can be so cheeky.) That being said, sometimes the best way to remember grammar rules is to learn it through the ridiculous. Here’s a great example.

 

 
Want to learn more about English grammar?
Join us at LiveEnglish with Livemocha for our twice-daily, live, and FREE instructor-led lessons. (Did we mention they are free?)

 

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Lyrics And Subtitles Help Language Learning

 

 

We all know that watching movies and listening to music on your target language are great ways to expand your vocabulary, immerse yourself on context and content, and familiarize yourself with cultural aspects of the people who have your new language as their first. We always like to share new ways to help you supplement your learning. Here are two online, fun, and easy ways to do it.

 

 
Sing Along with the Lyrics

Streaming music is widely available on the internet. One station, Pandora, actually displays the lyrics on many songs. It can be hit or miss searching for songs with lyrics, but if you do a simple search for, “Pandora Radio (your target language) lyrics” you could come up with gold!…  read more

Chinese Tongue Twister

We are always on the lookout for fun and interesting tips, tricks, and information for our language learners. As we banter amongst ourselves in the Livemocha office, I often stumble upon blogger gold. Today, in the flurry of the chitter chatter being lobbed over our computer screens, a colleague of mine shared this poem. He asked, 

“Have you heard about that Chinese poem that only has the word shi in it?”

Indeed I hadn’t, but I found it fascinating that sheer intonation of a single three-letter word could comprise a whole poem. In my search for a history and translation of the poem, I found YellowBridge.com, that posted the following.
“Lion-Eating Poet” Tongue-Twister Essay
While tongue-twisters in all languages take advantage of similar sounding words and syllables to…  read more

Tell us what you see – Language Challenge

Challenge yourself in your target language 
This has been a fun, challenging, and engaging activity on our Facebook page for over a year. Now we would like to share it with everyone in our community!

 

Here’s how it works:

LANGUAGE LEARNERS – In your target language, describe what you see in this image. What colors do you see? What event is happening? What object(s) do you see?

NATIVE SPEAKERS – Help people learn your language! If you see an error in your native language, make the appropriate corrections.

 

Want to practice your target language and help more people learn yours? Registration, online language lessons, and access to native speakers of 35 languages are free on Livemocha! Join today!

 

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Holiday Traditions with a Dark and Naughty Side

 
Every culture has their legends and myths surrounding the holidays. Here are a couple of fun legends from Germany and Iceland that’ll make you think again about being on the naughty list.
 

Germany – The Krampus

(Originally posted on smithsonian.com, December 20th, and 17th, 2013 – respectively)

In Germany, naughty little boys and girls have more to fear around Christmastime than just a stocking full of coal. According to popular lore, the Krampus, a demon-like beast, snatches up the worst behaved children, stuffs them into a bag or basket and then carries them off to his mountain lair.

The Krampus is sort of St. Nicholas’ Mr. Hyde-like alter-ego. The two travel together, with St. Nick handing out the goodies and getting all the hugs,…  read more

Fun With Language – What’s your “-itis”?

A funny little suffix that fits with any word.
-itis
suffix
1. Inflammation or disease of: laryngitis. (That’s one definition, but not the one we’re looking at today)

2. a. Excessive preoccupation with, indulgence in, reliance on, or possession of the qualities of: Televisionitis

b. Forming nouns, often nonce words, that denote an obsessive state of mind or tendency facetiously compared to a disease (electionitis; telephonitis).

The word that comes to mind today in this Friday the 13th?

 
Fridayitis!
- Suffering from a longing for the end of the work/school day.
 
What about you? What’s your -itis?
Share a word that you like to use in the comments! Even if you don’t know one, have some fun with it!

 
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Christmas in Paris? Mais oui!

 Christmas in Paris
If you ask any romantic what his idea of a far-flung holiday destination might be, chances are you’ll hear – in a breathy-yet-definitive voice – Paris. From Christmas markets, to midnight mass at Notre Dame de Paris, to nuzzling up to a hot cup of chocolat chaud, Christmas in Paris is undoubtedly a memorable way to spend the holiday.

(Cue the screeching brakes!)

There a problem…

You don’t speak French. Either that or the French you learned in high school has dwindled to bonjour, où est la toilette, and most of the lyrics to Frère Jacques.

Now what?

Well, learn some French of course! Or maybe you need to brush up on what you used to know. We can help with that. Registration, lessons, and access…  read more

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