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Acoustic Fantasy concert at Central today!

Acoustic FantasySplendid musical group Acoustic Fantasy takes the central stage at the Central Library for the first time. Not to be missed!

2 – 3: 30 p.m.

Level 1 Microsoft Auditorium

A real treat for music lovers of all kinds, flamenco and jazz in particular.

The musical group Acoustic Fantasy performs original instrumental music consisting of styles like Flamenco, jazz and some elements of classical and folk music. Acoustic Fantasy is fronted by guitar virtuoso Sergey Ignatov and is backed by musicians of equal caliber and exceptional musicianship.

A must see. Great family entertainment!

Sergey Ignatov – Lead Guitar
Julia Ignatova – Violin, Keyboard
Ilya Ignatov – Guitar
Farko Dosumov – Bass
Ahmad Yousefbeigi – Percussion
Andrey Zasypkin – Drums

Translation:

Приглашаем всех на концерт музыкальной группы “Acoustic Fantasy”, кторая исполняет в основном музыку собственного сочинения, используя при этом различные стили и направления музыки такие как “Фламенко”, “Джаз” с элементами классической и народной музыки мира. Автором музыки является лидер группы гитарист Сергей Игнатов. Виртуозное исполнение каждого музыканта в группе не оставит вас равнодушными.
Такой другой группы в Америке нет.

Состав группы “Acoustic Fantasy”:
Сергей Игнатов – Гитара
Юлия Игнатова – Скрипка-Клавишные
Илья Игнатов – Гитара
Фархад Досумов – Басс-Гитара
Ahmad Yousefbeigi – cajon
Андрей Засыпкин – Ударные Инструменты

For more info, call World Languages at 206-684-0849 or Ask a Librarian!

Homework Help: How to learn a foreign language

 Hablas espanol? Parlez vous frances? Nihongo ga hanasemasu ka? If you speak another language, or even if you don’t, there are many strategies to speed up your quest to become bilingual (or trilingual, etc.). I believe that there are four key aspects to learning a new language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Once you are able connect these four areas seamlessly, you have asserted your mastery over whichever language you wish to conquer, whether it be Spanish or Icelandic (don’t you want to learn how to pronounce Eyjafjallajokull?). Reading is one of the most important things to embrace in a language, for it influences everything else that you learn. By taking the time to peruse books in different languages, you can learn new vocabulary and you can better your grammar. Writing and listening are difficult if one has not first encountered the language in print.

Speaking can be improved enormously if vocabulary, jargon, and sentence structure are learned from books. Even starting with children’s books is no source for shame; you can expand your Spanish knowledge while reading about the little bunny finding his carrot. It is basically a win-win situation: you read books in a language, you learn the language! So the next time you want to develop your linguistic skills, the library can provide countless books in a wide variety of foreign languages just waiting for you to check them out. Gangi þér vel! (Icelandic for Good Luck!)

And be sure to check out our language resources page for Mango Languages and Byki Online.

Post by Emma M., teen blogger

Being Multi-Lingual

If you are multi-lingual there are many advantages. What are they, and why are they advantages?

Multi-Lingual Sign by Malias on Flickr

Multi-Lingual Sign by Malias on Flickr

  •  Financial: The more languages you speak the more valuable you are to an employer and the higher salary you can earn. Being multi-lingual means you can also have more job options. You can speak a very commomn language like Spanish or specialize in a less widely used language.  Whichever you choose you’ll probably get a better salary than if you only speak one language. 
  • Socially: Speaking other languages means you can communicate with other people in your community who speak that language.  You can make new friends who have experiences widely different from your own.  If you have new neighbors with a teen your age who doesn’t know how to speak English you can help them with their English and learn their language too.   More than learning a language, you would also learn their point of view.
  • Mentally: Knowing another language makes you smarter.  Face it, you’ll sound cool if you know another language.
  • College: It looks great on college applications. Schools want a diverse student body.  If you speak another languages it can make your application look amazing  and unique.

If you want to learn another language check out some of The Seattle Public Library’s online Language Resources such as Mango Languages or Byki Online to learn a new language for free!

Post by teen blogger M. H.