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  • n. Objects from real life or from the real world, as opposed to theoretical constructs or fabricated examples.


From Late Latin realia, neuter plural of realis ("real"). (Wiktionary)



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  • pronunciation?

    December 15, 2015

  • This is also a useful term in writing about literature to refer to phenomena that enter a fictional or poetic text but derive from the common everyday life of the intended readership, for example, references to nailclippers or McDonald's. I first encountered it in Russian, as реали�? (realiya), when I was studying Russian literature, so I am not certain it is widely used in English-language literary criticism. But it ought to be.

    January 18, 2009

  • ~ Realia is a term used in library science and education to refer to certain real-life objects.
    ~ In education, realia include objects used by educators to improve students' understanding of other cultures and real life situations. A teacher of a foreign language often employs realia to strengthen students' associations between words for everyday objects and the objects themselves.
    ~ In library classification systems, realia are objects such as coins, tools, and textiles that do not easily fit into the orderly categories of printed material. Wikipedia

    January 18, 2009

  • I've always understood them as culture-specific things.

    July 16, 2008

  • Term from teaching (EFL for instance), meaning actual real-world material brought into the classroom.

    July 16, 2008