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The Meaning Behind Famous Symbols – Infographic

Famous Symbols & Their Meanings

We see symbols everywhere, and they have a language and meaning all their own.  From the more established (and famous) as shown below, to the emojis of today, we use symbols all the time to convey messages in a simple, concise way.  But where did some of these long-established and well-known symbols originate and what do they really mean?  [VIA]

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Infographic – 11 Untranslatable Words from Around the World

11 Impossible to Translate Words

“Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

The words we use have always been tied to our feelings, and linguists are constantly dissecting language to get to the heart of that relationship.  There are some feelings, however, that we just cannot put into words and that some cultures cannot identify.  Around the world, this is not always true and some cultures have been able to create single words for complex feelings.  Today’s infographic presents 11 of these words for more complex feelings or subtle actions from various cultures around the world. [VIA]

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Culturally Authentic Picture Lexicon

Culturally Authentic Picture Lexicon

The Culturally Authentic Picture Lexicon (CAPL) is a great site to use in classes to help students find pictures that are both authentic and appropriate from other cultures and countries.  All the photographs held in the database were taken by natives of the culture and are organized by language and also by region.  You can either browse or search the CAPL to find great photos from around the world.

One of the great benefits of the CAPL in education is that it can be used by teachers outside of simply being another repository for photos.  Each picture is cataloged by language and region and contains both an English description and foreign language translation.  This is an excellent way to infuse your world language curriculum into searching and project creation.

Another way many educators use the CAPL is to have students use the photos as writing prompts in world history and cultures classes, to recreate the images in art classes, to identify plants and animals in science, or to address cultural differences in Social Studies classes.  The CAPL is a perfect accompaniment to a Project-Based Learning environment with endless cross-curricular possibilities.

Last, but not least, check out the Pictolang Tab on CAPL as well.  This will take you to a sister site where students can play four different games that use the CAPL’s photos:

  • Visual Word Trainer – Turns the photos into flash cards so students can practice or learn vocabulary
  • Picture Match Game – Given 8 images, students choose the photo that matches the word or phrase caption and are given immediate feedback.
  • Word Match Game – Students see one image and find the appropriate caption or vocabulary word from 8 choices, again with immediate feedback
  • Analyst Game – Students are given one image and then match the corresponding culture from 8 choices.

I highly recommend giving CAPL a try for both your world language classes, as well as social studies can history classes where you are looking for fun, exciting ways to incorporate real world images and examples for students that infuse and are steeped in modern culture.