Gift ideas for language lovers
The holiday season is approaching quickly. Choosing gifts is a hard and stressful process. You want to choose something that the person will like and enjoy instead of it being exchanged or passed on to someone else. If one of your friends or loved ones is passionate about foreign languages why not give them something that is within the range of their interests but still is fun and creative.
Vocabulary teaching calendar
Start every day in 2016 by learning a new word with calendars from Merriam Webster. 365 New Words-A-Year is available in English, Spanish and French. Living Language offers the Daily Phrase & Culture Calendar for 2016 in Italian, Spanish, German and French, each daily page teaches new words and expressions.
These book will make a perfect gift for any language lover. Check out only a few recommended by us and explore more by yourself.
- Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner
The author deconstructs the language learning process and shows you a new perspective.
- The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language by John McWhorter
A linguistics professor reminds us of the variety of languages in the world, written with humor and insight.
- Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages by Gaston Dorren
This book takes a closer look at the languages of Europe and exploring their similarities and differences.
- In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius by Arika Okrent
The story behind building a new language.
- Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World by Benny Lewis
The author, who you might know from his blog Fluent in 3 Months, shares his tips and debunks language learning myths.
Language learning resources
Whether it’s a book, an interactive course or an audio cd, any language course or dictionary is a great present for someone passionate about languages. You can choose one of the following language learning methods or publishers: Living Language, Pimsleur, Merriam-Webster.
Music in foreign languages
Listening to music and singing along can make language learning easier and more enjoyable. A foreign language music album, which is also on top of the listings or represents the music genre that the person the gift is intended for enjoys, will surely make a great present.
Foreign magazine subscription
Traditional food from other cultures
Go to your local store, which offers international food products or buy a voucher to a foreign cuisine restaurant. Before making your choice do some research online to make sure you are making the best decision – check popular food products in a given country or online references of the restaurants you’re considering. To make this more personal add a note saying what was your motivation behind the gift.
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