Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Category: Languages, Learning Languages
If you know someone who is learning another language, or who just loves all things language-related, you’re in luck! You can find just the right language gift for that lucky linguaphile.
A good book is an obvious choice for any polyglot, but if you’re looking for something a little different, check out these gifts for any language lover:
Get a daily dose of language.
Learning another language takes practice and diligence, but word-a-day calendars make it easy to brush up on your vocabulary daily.
These calendars have unusual words and cultural facts for each day of the year – some even have themes that you can tailor to your own interests, from daily jokes or cooking vocab. Stay up to date with your language learning!
Say it in sign.
Sign language aficionados are in luck. There are lots of language gifts for the experienced ASL expert – or for those who are just starting to learn.
From shirts with the sign language alphabet to business card holders spelling your name in pictures of sign, you can find a wealth of language gifts that are sure signs you care.
Get in the game.
Get a language gift that brings a bunch of language lovers together! From Monopoly to Clue, lots of your favorite games have versions in other languages that make great language gifts.
Board games are a fun way to bond with a group of friends. Since languages are always easier to practice in conversation, use this language gift to get a discussion group started over the next game!
Become a poet.
Languages courses and textbooks aren’t the only way to practice your grammar. Get creative with your language gifts – give a magnetic poetry set in your language of choice.
These helpful kits are available in a wide range of languages and, since they include all the different parts of speech, these language gifts will help you brush up on your syntax while crafting a sonnet.
Plan a staycation.
Of course, the best way to practice any language is to immerse yourself in the language and culture – and with these language gifts, you can do it without leaving the country.
There are many ways to experience another culture from your own home or town. Cooking classes featuring international cuisine, musical or dance performances from another culture, foreign films screenings and many more opportunities give you a glimpse of another place.
These language gifts also let you absorb new and specialized vocabulary that you might not learn in classes, like the names of dance steps or unusual ingredients. Bon appétit!