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How many languages do you speak? Less than 2? Then you have some work to do! Speaking another language is becoming increasingly important in our global economy. Check out the links below for practice!

Here are some great resources for language classes:
Culturegrams :Culturegrams has great information about every country in the world. This is a link to the subscriber area. See Library Staff for username and password.
BBC Languages : This is a comprehensive language site with plenty of audio clips for practicing the language.
Learn Spanish : Study vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.
Don Quixote In Country Spanish Courses: Great review site with games
http://www.quia.com/web: Create your own educational games, quizzes, surveys, and web pages. Search millions of games and quizzes created by educators around the world.
funsongs Teach English with action songs, games and worksheets. These original songs engage students and provide language skills necessary for successful learning. Children enjoy fun classes as they learn through music and mime, rhythm and rhyme.
Wordsmith This is a free site in the international community to share love of words and language.
Mardi Gras Learn more about this festival, rich in French traditions
Mardi Gras is a French word that means “Fat Tuesday” in English. Traditionally, Mardi Gras was a Roman celebration of fertility and spring, including the raucous Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Lupercalia . However with the arrival of Christianity, it’s meaning changed. According to historians, religious leaders knew it was going to be hard to abolish all Pagan traditions all together, so they incorporated few of them into the religion; and Mardi Gras was one of them. Now Mardi Gras is a religious holiday celebrated the Tuesday before Lent. During Mardi Gras, People break all social conventions; People dress up and engage in behaviors that are out of the norm. For examples, the poor dress like the rich and the rich dress like the poor, the boys dress like girls and girls dress like boys, and so forth. In some countries, students are allowed to wear costumes to go to class that day.
It is celebrated in many European countries like France, England, Germani, Spain and England; it is also celebrated around the world. In the United States, the Celebration takes place in New Orleans. Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans has become very popular since its first introduction in the early 18th century; Today many people all over the United States and tourists from around the world visit New Orleans for the celebration.
For more information on Mardi Gras in New Orleans, click on the links below.
web source
http://www.ibtimes.com/mardi-gras-history-facts-real-meaning-behind-these-5-fat-tuesday-traditions-1558852

http://www.ibtimes.com/what-fat-tuesday-history-mardi-gras-new-orleans-413990