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Spoken Word YouTube playlists in Portuguese

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        This is a list of Youtube channels in Portuguese (European) that focus on the spoken word. There’s a list of our favourite YouTube shows in Portuguese for under 5 year olds here, which includes song and animation, but sometimes, we just need a good old-fashioned story. If you’re interested in resources about History for children in English or …

Talkin ‘bout a Revolution

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Today we’re talking about revolutions and the importance of knowing our history. At the end of this article you’ll find ideas for any family, as well as links to resources in Portuguese because 25 April is the anniversary of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution. Having said that, the spirit of this article, of not letting distance from our home country let us …

Science resources in Portuguese

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We always aimed to encourage our girls to be interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. We have therefore aimed to expose them to books and other experiences around these subjects. CBeebies, for example, has great science programmes such as Nina and the Neurons, Do you know and The Lets Go Club. The problem is that, obviously, all of …

Radio stations for bilingual kids

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Listening to radio in the target language can provide another opportunity for exposure to the language and culture. Radio stations created for kids are perfect for this, as their content will be specifically created, or curated, for them. It can also be a learning opportunity for adults who’s mother tongue is not the target language. Our favourite radio station A few …

The day I decided to tattoo my hand… to remind me to speak my mother tongue

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I never had a problem with tattoos. Some are truly beautiful and meaningful. It’s just too permanent for me. I feel like I’m in constant evolution and didn’t want to be tied down to one single embellishment on my skin forever. Until one day, frustrated with my ability to remember to speak the target language, and being acutely aware of …

Portuguese Women in STEM

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) have always been dominated by men. There have been a few ‘invisible’ STEM women pioneers in the past. Thankfully, there is now a drive to attract, and maintain, women in those subject areas. In this post I want to shed a spotlight on notable Portuguese women across STEM.   Notable Portuguese women in Science …

Brilliant Portuguese Women who made History

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It’s International Women’s Day (Dia International da Mulher). Today Mother Tongue Notes is celebrating Portuguese women who’ve made a difference in various sectors of society from politics to science. Some are well known, others not so much. The aim is to provide a point of reference for parents to discuss with their children of Portuguese heritage, so that boys and …

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Teaching the target language at home by playing schools

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This half term offers a great opportunity to expose the children to more of the target language than usual. So this week I’m making the most of it by teaching the target language at home through role play: playing schools. Half term sends many parents into a spin: either they don’t know what to do in relation with childcare, or …

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Learning Languages with Netflix

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Did you know that, anywhere you’re in the world (or nearly) you can watch Netflix content in other languages, therefore supporting your family’s language learning? Maybe even the target language in your bilingual journey? That’s right, the content is doubled, and has subtitles, in other language such as Portuguese, Spanish, German and French. And the beauty is that both the …