FACT: Germany is the UK's largest non-English speaking trading partner. In 2010, UK goods and services imports from Germany were worth £56 billion, with exports to Germany worth £39 billion. The sales from UK exports is valued at £2 trillion!
Click here for Lingro, to translate unknown single words on this website. It makes the website go a bit slower, but it's a handy tool and it's very cool! It also creates wordlists for you, so you can learn the new vocab!
FACT: 72% of UK international trade is with non-English speaking countries, but only 1 in 10 of us can speak a foreign language. That leaves British business in need of recruiting more people with language skills.
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FACT: Germany has an enviable record in invention and innovation (Aspirin, X-rays, the diesel engine and the MP3 to name but a few!). Today it leads the way in green technologies as well as in all kinds of other business sectors and social enterprises.
It's tricky to know how to approach learning a language. Hopefully this website will help. It is run by Routes into Languages. Click on the following buttons to take you directly to the hints and tips for your Key Stage:
Spelling in a foreign language can be tricky, especially because of the accents. However it is important not to forget them as they can change the meaning, tense or pronunciation of a word. Given that you will probably be completing some work on a computer of some description, there are instructions on how to type the accents on the aptly named 'accents' page.
Vocabulary learning is a large part of perfecting a language. Here are a couple of PowerPoints to help you. Try a few strategies and see what's best for you. You need to get it to stay in your head, so you need to do it regularly; little and often is best, then do it again after a few days:
USING A DICTIONARY
The ability to use a dictionary is essential when learning a language, but it can be a minefield! You can use a traditional paper one (which I would prefer you used!) or an online dictionary (see 'German classes' or 'French Classes'), but you will NOT be allowed to use online TRANSLATORS, such as Google Translate, even for single words! If I get a sniff of a translator doing the work for you I will NOT mark your work. Get into good habits and use the following slideshow to point you in the right direction!
FACT: Over 100 million people speak German in Europe, out of a population of 500 million and there are currently 12 million European students learning German.
Fun, fun, fun!
Click here for an interactive quiz on Europe
Click here for quite a nice resource for learning French and German
Click here for 'Europe's not dead' - a really interesting website summing up some fascinating things about Europe, such as football chants, images and songs
Everybody knows that German sausage jokes are the 'Wurst'!
Q: Why did the French chef kill himself?
A: Because he lost his huile d'olive
Ones to watch!
President of the USA, Barack Obama talking about the importance of learning languages! Thanks Barack!
Watch this if you want to see 2 guys, speaking 12 languages in one shopping mall in Columbus, Ohio! It's 'awesome'!
This is what animals sound like in other countries! If you want to HEAR some German farmyard animals, watch 'Das kleine Küken piept' on my music blog here.
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