Quotes or Proverbs

Quotes or Proverbs? Two choices for how to learn the ancient Basque language

My Experiences with Quotes

Quotes or Proverbs is the question for today. Many people will post motivational quotes or share their own quotes on IG. I actually follow several motivational accounts and enjoy reading quotes. But I’ve always wondered if I should use Quotes or Proverbs to help my students in their language learning.

I had high school teachers that posted them every day on the board and my track coach used them to motivate us. He taught us to use visualizations to achieve our goals or personal records (PR). I think nowadays that’s known as manifesting your dreams. (help me if I’m wrong).

In my sorority (Alpha Chi Omega) at Washington State University, we used to put together quote books for our little sisters as initiation gifts.

My Uses of Quotes in Education

As a soccer coach, a track coach and a leadership teacher, I used quotes to motivate my athletes & students. Along with an occasional slip of let’s kick some a** on your exams! 😅

So, the question I had was Quotes or Proverbs?

Idecided to not use motivational quotes to help you with new language skills. Nope! You’re going to see some ancient expressions and phrases because I want us to learn together.

Quotes or Proverbs to learn a language like Basque

The Missing Link in Language Learning

Things that are lacking in my language skills are sayings and proverbs. I’m not sure where we learn them…at home?? This could be the reason why in English I learned several of them from my colleagues.

One way for you and I to learn together is to look at the proverbs of the ancient Basque language and relate them to the English equivalent.

Proverbs are a way for you to learn a little about the language with me while learning vocabulary and asking questions about the words.

Prest zaude? Are you ready?

My advice is to take the words and write them out in a notebook or put them in an application like Quizlet. Also, you need to remember that all things can’t be translated literally from language to language.

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Izan ongi! Take care!

Vocabulary List (Basque/English)

  • Prest = ready
  • zaude = you are (used for conditions, feelings and location)
  • Asteazkenero = Every Wednesday
  • Aste = week
  • Azken = last, end, final
  • -ero = this suffix means every
  • izan = to be (used for identifications, origin, nationality, descriptions)
  • ongi = good

📷 credit to my cousin: @anika_iribarren

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