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In Brazil, the term língua da gente (literally 'language of the people') refers to the way that people actually talk in everyday speech. And that, in essence, is the object behind this series. We hope to provide practical lessons that demonstrate how people really speak, and we do this by presenting brief, slice-of-life dialogs, which focus on some daily situation, scenario, or task that we encounter every day.
 
Français Interactif is an online French course from the University of Texas at Austin with a CC By license. It has been funded and created by Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services at the University of Texas, and is currently supported by COERLL, the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning UT-Austin, and the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE Grant P116B070251) as an example of the open access initiative.
 
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We are joined by Florencia Henshaw, language educator, teacher trainer, program director, author, tech enthusiast, and social media trailblazer. She brings her energy for and expertise in online learning to our show. We discuss what we’ve learned about learning through the pandemic, and what wisdom we can take with us into post-pandemic language te…
 
We are joined by Eduardo Viana da Silva from the University of Washington, who will give a talk as part of our monthly LRC Speaker Series this week on developing an open and inclusionary language textbook for Portuguese. He offers strategies for teachers interested in creating and sharing open materials. #janela https://uw.pressbooks.pub/batepapo/…
 
Image that you are four years old and it’s almost time for your birthday. What do you want? Well, an L.O.L. doll, isn’t it obvious! In this episode Abby lets us know all about L.O.L. dolls, just in case you are new to the world of surprise toys. It’s not only a lesson in English, it’s a lesson in what’s hot and cool in the world of young little gir…
 
We share highlights from a webinar hosted by Cornell’s Translator Interpreter Program featuring our own Angelika Kraemer, as well as TIP's founder, Fatema Sumar. A 2001 Cornell graduate, Fatema is now the President Biden-appointed Vice President of the Department of Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Fatema who now works in…
 
For most people, any type of cleaning is an ordeal. Even worse when you have to face organizing your closet and deal with all those clothes and accessories that you have accumulated for years. But when you do this with your sister, it’s so much easier, even fun. And, oh, what a nice feeling to see a clean, well-organized closet! Dialogue A: Ai, meu…
 
Everyone likes a nice brunch. It’s the weekend and we can get up late. Forget the morning rush and all the worries about school or work. It’s time to slow down and savor a yummy meal in the company of friends and/or family. Next thing you know, it’s dinner time! Dialogue A: Gente, ninguém come nada até eu terminar aqui. Quero todo mundo com fome na…
 
Bill VanPatten, the Diva of Second Language Acquisition, returns to Speaking of Language to chat about revolution and his recent talk for our monthly LRC Speaker Series, "Barriers to Innovation in Language Teaching. #monpetitchou Watch Dr. VanPatten's talk here.By Language Resource Center, Cornell University
 
Earth Day gives us an excuse to execute some kind of plan on what we want to do to respect our planet. In today’s episode, once again, we are going to try to build a compost pile. Wish us luck, because our previous attempts have been less than stellar. It’s worth it though, and the actual compost is awesome. Dialogue A: Algum plano para o Dia do Pl…
 
Nancy Martinsen of Cornell’s Asian and Asian American Center describes the joys and challenges of being an international student in the United States, and what we can do to support these students. #matapang A3C website Including International Students in Online Teaching @cornella3c @isu.cornellBy Language Resource Center, Cornell University
 
Texas is famous for its colorful wildflowers. We would be remiss if we didn’t create an episode to honor the Texas wildflowers. For those lucky enough to come to Texas, try to make the trip in the spring. For those who can’t come to Texas, at least we have an episode to talk about bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, and Indian blankets. Dialogue A: T…
 
In terms of life’s enjoyable activities, riding a bike seems to be on top of that list. Some ride bikes for fun, others ride bikes to get to school and to work. Some buy fancy clothes and equipment, some just hop on. Little kids learn how to ride bikes, and adults love to ride bikes. It only seems fitting that we have an episode to honor those who …
 
Today’s cameras are astounding, and with a little training and practice almost anyone can take amazing photos. In this episode we also find out, in addition to the settings, that nature photos are enhanced when you are in the right place at the right time. Enjoy. Dialogue A: Ô Tamara, olha essa foto do beija-flor que acabei de tirar. B: Nossa, olha…
 
Cassandra Glynn, Pamela Wesely, and Beth Wassell, authors of Words and Actions: Teaching Languages through the Lens of Social Justice, discuss how we can rethink and transform our teaching to better serve our students and our world. #rembobiner #tiquismiquis #gemütlich #schickimickiBy Language Resource Center, Cornell University
 
There is nothing like a new beginning, a new school year and a new start. Part of getting ready for a new school year is the back-to-school shopping. It’s a time to buy book and supplies, not to mention new school clothes. This year there are tons of things to buy. Dialogue A: Adoro comprar material escolar pra volta às aulas! Principalmente quando…
 
N‘Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba shares the lessons of three decades in Africana Studies at Cornell University. Global Comparative Education: Journal of WCCES – https://www.theworldcouncil.net/gce-editorial-team.html World Voices Nexus: the WCCES Chronicle – https://www.worldcces.org/ Find information on conversation hours for Cornell's African language…
 
Students of every age love spring break. It’s an intense time to welcome the warmer weather and to rest from all the studies. In Austin, Texas, spring break coincides with SXSW, the South by Southwest conference, exhibition and music festival. Looks like the couple in our dialog have great plans for a wonderful spring break. Dialogue A: Sabe, o mês…
 
Le Anne Spino and Karen de Bruin discuss the Proficiency Initiative at the University of Rhode Island and its impact on students and the curriculum. #cambur #lekker Referenced sources: https://www.aacu.org/liberaleducation/2019/summer-fall/reynolds https://blog.languagetesting.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Increasing-Graduates-Employability-Spino-…
 
Let’s be honest, almost nothing tastes better than fresh homemade cookies when they first come out of the oven. In today’s episode we even get to eat some of the cookie dough as well. Talk about a slice of life, this is one of the world’s best. And it’s a good chance to practice your English language skills too. Dialogue A: Você quer um pouco de ma…
 
All-nighters are commonly pulled by teenagers or young adults. While some all-nighters are pulled because of the need to get in extra hours in for studying, most are pulled to watch TV, text friends, and eat snacks. They usually happen on weekends or holidays, because everyone feels quite tired in the following day. Enjoy the episode. Dialogue A: Q…
 
In the Unites States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated with friends and significant others alike. Many schools give students the opportunity to buy flowers for the people that they love, and the money goes to a school organization. Dialogue A: Tenho que levar uma grana pra escola pra comprar uma flor pro meu amigo. B: Ah, é! Adoro dar flores para todo…
 
Some people simply love sports and others just kind of don’t care. In this episode we get to talk to one of those who seems to have that extra sports gene. And for those of you who love sports too, this is your lesson about basketball and we love to play it so much. Enjoy. Dialogue A: Sabe pai, é raro ver alguém que gosta mais de basquete do que vo…
 
Most American children attend a summer camp over the long break. There are many different kinds of camps, such as sports camps, art camps, and dance camps. While some camps are day camps (where campers are dropped off for the day then picked up in the afternoon), other are sleepaway camps, and campers spend 1-2 weeks away from home living on camp g…
 
We don’t have to get into the whole argument about soccer versus football, they are both pretty cool. However, in this episode we get to talk about something near and dear to all of our hearts, why we love American football. Great ready for a vocabulary challenge! Dialogue A: Então, por que é que você gosta tanto de futebol americano? B: É fácil, é…
 
Americans may start applying for their learner’s permit when they are15 year old, after completing a course, either online or in a class. After obtaining their permit, student drivers are typically taught the rules of the road by their parents. Once a student driver is 16 and has completed 30 hours of driving, they may get their driver’s license. T…
 
They say you should get your teeth cleaned every six months. So, in today’s lesson let’s review what it’s like to chit chat with the dental hygienist. And don’t feel guilty about it. We all know that we could be better at brushing and flossing our teeth. Dialogue A: Tem um pouco de tártaro acumulado aqui. Você passa o fio dental com frequência? B: …
 
Some people are totally into New Year’s celebrations, and others seem to be less so. In this episode we find out what people like to do to “bring in the New Year.” Get ready, in the dialog we find out: “You know that’s kind of weird, right?” Let’s find out what the weird tradition is. Dialogue A: O que você quer fazer na véspera de Ano Novo este an…
 
Christmas is special for many people, but it’s even more spectacular for young children. Adults get as much satisfaction from making Christmas special for kids as they do for themselves. In today’s episode it looks like the kiddos are going to have a delightful Christmas this year too. Dialogue A: O Natal esse ano vai ser demais, mal posso esperar!…
 
Teenagers like going to bed late, but this can cause a problem when there is school the next day, what we call a “school night.” Parents try to get their children to go to sleep at a reasonable hour so they can be productive and energetic at school. Going to bed early is especially important when you have to catch a bus to get to school. Today’s ep…
 
Rachel Beatty Riedl, the new director of Cornell's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, illuminates the Center's new Migrations Initiative, as well as her investigations as a scholar and podcast host into life and politics on the African continent. Listen to Rachel's podcast, Ufahamu Africa, at https://ufahamuafrica.com. #jamm…
 
Given the emphasis on exercise these days, it’s nice to work out on the elliptical machine. There’s less stress on your joints, but you still get a good cardio workout, burn a lot of calories, and you can work both your upper and lower body. Today’s episode touts all the benefits of a good workout in the gym. Dialogue A: Por que será que é tão dife…
 
Traveling is fun but packing can be a very stressful activity. Some people hate it more than others. For them, it is never fun to pick and choose what clothing to pack into a suitcase. Procrastination can make packing even more stressful. But in the end, vacations generally result in a good time with great memories for everyone. Dialogue A: A gente…
 
In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked language students at Cornell to thank their teachers for their hard work, particularly through the transition to remote learning in 2020. We share what a few of them had to say (in their target languages, of course). In order of appearance: Nandi Ndoro for Nandipa Sipengane, Zulu Alejna Gjakmani for Banu Ozer Grif…
 
There are few things more traditional than a Thanksgiving dinner. Things just don’t feel right when something is missing. First of all, you have to have the turkey and all the fixings. Those fixings usually include mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables like beans or squash, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and dessert has to be a pie, generally pumpkin p…
 
One of the great debates in society today is whether thin crust or thick crust pizza is better. I know, you can’t argue taste, but it seems like everyone does. And that is the topic of today’s episode. So, how about you, do you prefer thick or thin crust pizza? Dialogue A: Você já notou que as pessoas que adoram pizza gostam de discutir essa questã…
 
Christopher Hromalik follows up his talk, “Inclusive by Design: Universal Design for Learning and the World Language Classroom,” with a conversation about Universal Design for Learning and what it means for the language classroom. To watch Chris's talk and see his presentation slides, please visit our Speaker Series archive at https://lrc.cornell.e…
 
Pets are very common in American households. While cats and dogs are most common, it is not unusual to find someone with a more exotic pet, like a rat, a lizard, a bird, or a snake. Pets live a life of luxury and require care and attention from all members of a household. While they are shy at first when adopted, pets generally learn to love their …
 
Halloween is a spooky day cherished by Americans of all ages. Activities include going to a scary haunted house, watching horror movies, carving pumpkins, or going trick or treating. Americans decorate their houses with pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, witches and anything that’s frightening. Young kids also enjoy Halloween for the free candy and for t…
 
David Forman talks all things Yiddish at Cornell, and shares some history of the language in New York and the United States in general. Join David for Yiddish Conversation Hour on Fridays from 12-1pm. אַן אַלרײַטניק# קענען זיך אין די שוואַתצע פּינטעלעך זײַן אַ קענער אין די שוואַרצע פּינטעלעךBy Language Resource Center, Cornell University
 
We all know that the challenge in shopping is to get out without having to wait in a long line. You could use the express lane, but not if you have too many items. In today’s lesson we learn that it might be easier to scan the items and pay with your app. Nice! Dialogue A: Pegou tudo que precisava? B: Acho que sim, vamos pra fila? A: Nem pensar, to…
 
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