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The Language Show 2018 – notes on the event

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      The Language Show, Europe’s largest language show, has been running for over 10 years. I’ve attended the show for the first time in 2018 and below I share my notes on the event.   The format The three-day show is free, with exhibitors, talks, taster classes and cultural events. The talks programme offers three strands: Language teachers …

Don’t let life get on the way of your bilingual journey

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    As the school year progresses, slowly the target or minority languages starts lagging behind. It’s not uncommon for children who are very enthusiastic and speaking or answering to the target language in September to gradually replace that with the majority language. That was certainly the case for us last year. After Easter, we descended into a spiral of …

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What is Mes Amigo (Amigo Month)?

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7th of September marks the start of a 5 week celebration of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world in the UK. The Mes amigo, or Amigo month, is a festival or celebration of the contribution of around 5 million people living in the UK who have Hispanic and Lusophone heritage. It’s not clear when this Hispanic – Lusophone celebration started (a …

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Top places to stock up on Portuguese language resources

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  When we visit Portugal, there’s so much choice that I go on a shopping spree for books and other minority language resources. Below I share my top places to stock up on Portuguese language resources in Portugal. Why stock up? Read this post about why reading is important and this one about what to look for when stocking up. You …

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How to stock up on resources when abroad

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Visiting the home country on holiday, or another country where the minority language is spoken, is a great opportunity to stock up on resources. Below are a few tips on what to look for when stocking up on resources in the minority language when abroad, whatever your target language. Books galore Books are by far the most important resource. Reading …

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Summer break report (week 4) – Smashed it!

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    After the unbearable heatwave of last week we finally set off on our road trip adventure in Portugal.   The Road Trip Actually, it was more of a mini road trip. We had intended to cover more geographic areas and to visit family around Portugal but as this was our last week, time was limited. We had intended to …

Summer break report (week 3) – delayed by the heatwave

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    Our third week in Portugal brought with it an infernal heatwave and some of the highest temperatures in Europe on record, which affected our plans for the rest of the holiday… Read on to see how was our third week visiting Portugal. This post includes affiliate links, marked with *. See disclaimer for details. Farewell We had to say farewell …

Summer break report (week 2) – exceeding expectations

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    I can’t believe we’re halfway through our time in Portugal already! In week 2 we’ve been leisurely enjoying life in Lisbon. See what we’ve been up to and how the girls have been getting on in relation to their language learning. Party time  We had a 5th birthday party for Sophia in London before we left and promised …