December 2023 Update 

 

News from our teachers

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‘Tis the season to be jolly! I wish the whole Fluentella family and teachers a Merry Christmas and a fantastic 2024, full of love, laughter, success, and new opportunities to grow and develop. December has been quite busy for me. At the moment I am at my boyfriend’s parent’s vacation home (my soon-to-be parents-in-law), right on the beach. Since we live in the southern hemisphere, a summer Christmas is normal. I am still working a little, but cannot wait to enjoy the sun, sand, and ice cream. The beach has always been my happy place and I am so blessed to be able to spend it here. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to spend the holidays with my own family, but since my wedding is in March, I’ll get to see them all very soon. 

I hope your own festive season is one to remember forever. I look forward to a prosperous 2024 with all my incredible students!

Marie

Head English and Afrikaans Teacher, Fluentella

Hi Fluentella family, this month has been really busy. We’ve been buying Christmas presents and decorating our apartment. I could spend Christmas with my family this year, which was a lot of fun! We sang Christmas carols and made gingerbread houses. My boyfriend and I are excited because we are planning our next vacations. This year, we will be going to the US to visit my boyfriend’s family, and we are also thinking of going to Mexico. Hope you all had a lovely month surrounded by family and loved ones.

Jennifer

English Teacher, Fluentella

Every December my family goes camping in Stilbay (a small beach town in South Africa) for three weeks. This has been a family tradition for the last 35 years. Each year we camp in the same spot, and most of the people around us also do, which makes each December almost like a big family reunion. This year it is only my brother, my mom, and myself since my sister is pregnant with her first baby, lives in Luxembourg, and isn’t allowed to fly anymore. Camping here is so much fun and so relaxing, it is the perfect way to end the year, recharge your batteries, and spend the festive season.

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas, festive season, and a Happy New Year.

Albert

English Teacher, Fluentella

I always forget how much I love Christmas until it`s Christmas time. This is such a great time of the year, it is summertime, the sun sets at 8 pm here in Brazil, it is warm, it’s beach season… there is just so much to be thankful for and I love it!
This coming year is going to be extra special because my wife and I are expecting our firstborn. Her belly is enormous, they are healthy, and both of our families are so happy with that.

Whether you celebrate it or not, I hope you get to spend time with your family and loved ones, and I  wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Daniel

Head Portuguese Teacher, Fluentella

The Fluentella Family

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Ianira is from Italy and a long-term corporate student of Marie. They have become very close in the past few years!

Featured Fluentella Feed

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10 ways to have a better conversation

“When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations.”

Tuesday tip for learning Spanish or any other language

Read kids’ books!

If you begin at a basic level, you can learn easy vocabulary first. You might think this is silly, but it really does work! As your language level improves, you can move on to more advanced reading material like newspapers and magazines. Try to read these books out loud. Then you will be practicing your reading AND pronunciation skills at the same time!” – Jennifer from Fluentella

What’s happening in january? 

International Mind-Body Wellness Day is happening on the 3rd of January

International Mind-Body Wellness Day is the perfect time to make a renewed commitment to love your body and your mind by implementing new ideas for growth and health in the coming year!

Learn more about this by visiting: https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-mind-body-wellness-day/

International LEGO Day is celebrated on January 28th!

“The colorful plastic bricks known as Lego have entertained children (and adults) around the world for nearly 70 years. Lego is used to make toy buildings, vehicles, creatures, machines, anything imaginable — and they can be taken apart and put back together as often as you’d like. That means endless creative play. National Lego Day, on January 28, celebrates these incredibly ingenious and enriching toys.” read more about it here: https://nationaltoday.com/lego-day/ 

Celebrate National Hobby Month in January 2024

“How to celebrate National Hobby Month

All month long, this celebration is one of the easiest things to do. All we have to do, is enjoy our hobbies. Now, there are hundreds of hobbies that people have in this world, so we will add in a few of them as an example of what hobbies there are around the world:

Collecting: Collecting is seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying and storing antiques, and other valuable items that people want to keep in their possession.

Cooking: Cooking is the preparation of foods in a manner to create a dish from different food combinations. It is a great way to learn different cultural dishes as well.

Gardening: Gardening is the care and maintenance of flowers and plants in a row of tilled soil around a home or in a plant pot.” 

Learn about the history of Hobby Month and what else you can do here: https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/hobby-month/ 

Fluentella fun

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Click on the links below to get access to online games, quizzes, and activities, all added here to celebrate Hobby Month in January. Each activity has a different level of difficulty.
We hope you enjoy it!

 

 

Beginner: Hobby vocabulary quiz

 

Listen and repeat these hobby-themed vocabulary words and then take the quiz to see how well you know them!

 

 

Intermediate: Hobbies memory game

 

Improve your hobby vocabulary by playing this interactive memory game.

 

 

Advanced: Comprehension - Video and quiz

 

Have you ever played chess? Watch this video to find out how Tani became a chess champion!

 

 

Adults: Interactive online quiz

 

Play this 2-player online game with a friend or partner and see who is the champion when it comes to hobbies in English!

 

Don`t copy text!