Children love cartoons, movies, games and we all know that the vilains, the “bad guys” are not only characterized by features that make them unpleasant, but also by foreign accents. Sociolinguist Calvin Gidney started to study language patterns in animated kid’s entertainment after noticing that Mufasa had an American […]
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I know that writing this will upset some of my friends, but I want to share this because it came up many many times in the last weeks. At the latest FIGT (Families In Global Transition) conference we talked about identity and sense of belonging and as we […]
I know this sounds ungrateful or even sad, but since our move 4 weeks ago (time flies!) I realized that what I somehow felt for a long time: I had spent 12 years “in between”. Here is what I mean with “in between”. It’s when you live in […]
If like me you have learned English at school, you probably haven’t learned the different meanings of expressions and way of sayings that Brits use on a regular basis. I have been working with native English speakers for more than 13 years now and still notice that although […]
Stille Nacht Heilige Nacht is a carol by the Austrian priest Joseph Moor in 1816 and it is believed that Franz Xaver Gruber produced the German melody in only a few hours (in 1818), written as a guitar accompaniment. It has been translated into 55 other languages (cf. Wikipedia) When I published […]
by Melanie Campbell Have you thought about going on a camping trip with your family? Well, the fall is the best season to do it! The color variations and sceneries in the wilderness create most beautiful pictures nature can compose. The openness of the wild and the colors […]
Every child once in a while is asking themselves, why they are kept getting told to clean and tidy up their room, and they wonder what does that mean.
Celebrating the dead is not only customary in Mexico, but also in other Catholic societies. In different areas of Italy the dead are celebrated in different ways.