Photo: Ron Mader, 2009 (Some rights reserved)

Lingostick = Popsicle stick or tongue depressor used for communication and learning

Also see: Lingo Cards

Other Names
Spanish: Abetelenguas

Lingosticks are vocabulary word cards created by Ron Mader and shared online with the attribution-sharealike license for free use and reuse.

The cards were developed for Ron’s workshops to make learning new language less intimidating.

Ron uses ‘lingo sticks’ in face-to-face workshops to demonstrated a lo-fi writing and translation. The question arose ‘what is a wiki’ and we started using these sticks to show how easy it is to collaborate on translation. Plus, popsicle sticks (or tongue depressors) are inexpensive and easy to find.

During a photo safari, participants would be asked a simple question, a favorite word, a favorite food or something else. They would then write down the word on the stick. Later on we’d gather the sticks, organize them in some fashion and then pass them out again for translation exercises.

lingosticks @ oaxaca fotosafari 07.2011

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