Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Skinny jeans, baked potatoes and petechial haemorrhages.
Yes, I know.
The title of this post sounds like I've had a really interesting weekend.
Sadly, it's educational...
Today I was asked, "How do you say skinny jeans in French?"
I had no idea.
The dictionaries at my school were published sometime in the late 1980s (and I even have a German dictionary on my shelf dating from 1948!) and are often worse than useless when looking for contemporary language.
So what did I do?
Usually, in a situation like this I use wikipedia.
When you search for something in wikipedia in English you'll find that, on the left hand side, there is a list of languages. This means that there is an article in each of those languages which corresponds to the one you're reading in English.
It is an ideal resource for every languages teacher and promotes independent learning.
If it weren't for wikipedia, my students would never have found out the French for:
or petechial haemorrhage (don't ask!)