Stromae- Papaoutai

Music Fridays- Stromae ‘Papaoutai’

Bringing you another Music Friday! 

Today’s song is called Papaoutai by Stomae.

Stromae is a Belgian musician who frequently and cleverly plays on words and pronunciation.

Case and point- the non-existent word “Papaoutai” is written exactly how the phrase “Papa, où t’es?” (Dad, where are you?) is pronounced.

Do you remember and can you find any other phrases in the song that rhyme with “Papaoutai”? Tell us below!

Shakira- Suerte

Bringing you new Music Fridays! Shakira ‘Suerte’

Hey guys!

While our Champolu game implements minimal pairs between two languages to help you learn a new language, we want to show you that there are many other examples out there that you can learn from.

One of the best methods? International music! From now on, each Friday we’ll share a song we’re listening to in a foreign language, along with some English subtitles so you could learn as you go along.

Today’s song is an oldie but a goodie- Suerte by Shakira!

So we all know what ‘Suerte’ means now.

But it seems there are two different meanings for “la vida”- do you know what they are? Tell us below!


Minimal Pairs

A screenshot of Champolu, showing how to learn from bilingual minimal pairs (English-Egyptian Arabic)
A screenshot of Champolu, showing how to learn from bilingual minimal pairs (English-Egyptian Arabic)0

A minimal pair, in phonology, is traditionally used as two words that differ in only one sound.  Something like “pen” and “ten”. In Champolu, we are taking the idea of minimal pairs further, so that they can be used in language learning within other linguistic disciplines such as syntax and morphology, and maybe even semantics and pragmatics. This is just the beginning, start playing the game and stay tuned for the next big thing in language learning!

Hello world!

Champolu is here! We’re a multilingual language learning game you can check out here.

We plan to share a bit of everything multilingual- from songs to cartoons and memes to linguistic concepts that shape language as we know it.

Come join us on our journey to learning more about languages and the world :)