26 September European Day of Languages

26 September was proclaimed The European Day of Languages  by the Council of Europe on 6 December 2001.

http://edl.ecml.at/ is the official website of the European Day of Languages.

The aim of this day is to encourage language learning across Europe.

The children in my class love saying ‘Hello’ in different languages.  We sing a lovely song from the book, 

MacGregor, H, (1999), Bingo Lingo, A & C Black

Hello around the world

Tune: If you’re happy and you know it.

When you want to say hello around the world, [Clap. Clap.]

When you want to say hello around the world, [Clap. Clap.]

When you want to say hello.

Sing this song and you will know.

How to greet your friends around the world.  [Clap. Clap.]

 

When you greet your friends in French you say ‘Bonjour!’ [Repeat ‘Bonjour!´]

When you greet your friends in French you say ‘Bonjour!’ [Repeat ‘Bonjour!´]

When you want to say hello.

Sing this song and you will know.

How to greet your friends around the world.  [Clap. Clap.]

 

When you greet your friends in German you say ‘Hallo!’  [Repeat ‘Hallo!’]… etc.

When you greet your friends in Italian you say ‘Ciao!’  [Repeat ‘Ciao!’ ] etc.

If you have a class with many different nationalities, you can ask the children  how to say ‘Hello’ in their home language and add verses to the song.

Check out the lovely storybook:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Say-Hello-Rachel-Isadora/dp/0399252304/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284616532&sr=1-12

Amazon says:

“Carmelita loves to greet everyone in her neighbourhood. There are people from so many different cultures! They all like to say hello too, so now Carmelita can say hello in Spanish, English, French, Japanese and many other languages. Rachel Isadora’s eye-catching collages are full of kid-friendly details, making Carmelita’s neighbourhood fun to explore. This simple portrait of a child’s day provides a great introduction to the joy of language.”

Check out: http://www.goethe.de/ins/se/prj/ets/mlg/gep/enindex.htm 

Your students can choose from 21 languages and learn some words and phrases of each.

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    Thanks for that Brian. The children in my school are going to love that page. I will add it to the post.


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