El Mundial 2014

A Copa do Mundo começa agora! ¡Ya llegó el mundial! The World Cup is here!

Celebrate with these World Cup songs!

There’s another version of the same song in English and Spanish. Otra versión de la misma canción en inglés y en español:

Qual é o seu favorito? Which one’s your favorite?

Test your English Grammar with Beyoncé, Eminem, and more

 

Beyoncé performs in Montreal. Photo via Wikipedia.

Beyoncé performs in Montreal. Photo via Wikipedia.

English grammar can be confusing. Your teachers tell you to practice your English by listening to music, but how can you know what’s correct? Justin Bieber sings “If I was your boyfriend,” and Beyoncé says, “If I were a boy.” Who is correct? (Hint: It’s not Justin.)

This quiz challenges you to discern grammatically correct song lyrics from incorrect ones. Do your favorite pop singers know their subject/verb agreement? Can you spot the mistakes? Take this quiz to find out.

Test Your Grammar With Beyoncé and Friends

How many did you get right?

The singers behind Let It Go in 25 languages

If you’re a fan of the Disney movie Frozen, you probably have already seen the mashup of the hit song “Let It Go” in twenty-five languages. (If not, click here to watch it first.)  And if you did, you may have wondered about the women singing– each version is so pitch-perfect that it almost sounds like all twenty-five languages were produced by the same singer.  The truth is that Disney employed many talented singers to record “Let It Go” in 25 languages, and you can see twenty-two of them* in this captivating “behind the mic” video.

Which singer is your favorite?

*Three singers do double duty: Anaïs Delva sings French and Canadian French, Willemijn Verkaik sings German and Dutch, and Gisela does Castillian Spanish and Catalan.

Let It Go in 25 Languages

Disney’s animated movie Frozen was released in 25 languages, and you can hear all of them in this version of the film’s most popular song.  From Dutch to Japanese to Hungarian, from Catalan to Mandarin to Serbian, each language gets a lyric or two.  Can you hear the difference between Castillian Spanish and Latin American Spanish? Between French and Canadian French?

Which part of the song did you like the best?

Lines from spam comments that sound like band names

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1. Canada Goose Expedition

2. Smelted slick

3. Real Steel Jordan

4. Plastic Dummy Phone

5. Life Was As It Ended

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Twerky turkey day

Have some twerk with your turkey this Thanksgiving! Celebrate this United States holiday on the fourth Thursday in November* with this silly video that combines delicious turkey with a dance craze. Other traditional Thanksgiving dishes like corn, gravy, and stuffing get in on the fun, too.

*Thanksgiving in the United States was declared a national holiday by Abraham Lincoln in 1863.  In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October (not to be confused with Columbus Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday of October in the United States).

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Take a trip to Latin America

 

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Armchair traveler. (Photo credit: Newton Free Library)

Want to travel around Latin America without leaving your house?  Check out these personal tours of different Latin American countries, written by friends of Latinaish blogger Tracy Lopez.

A trip to: México – Pyramids, artifacts, Mexican food and dance… can you guess why you should check out this one first? Photos and text by F.J. Kingsbury.

A trip to: Chile – Santiago and Valpariso during Fiestas Patrias.

A trip to: Bolivia – our favorite picture is the street parade in La Paz.

A trip to: Puerto Rico – avocados, Bacardi, coquí frogs, and more.

A trip to: Guatemala – featuring the beautiful colonial city of Antigua.

What’s your favorite country to visit?

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