February 21st, 2017
Hazel shared this recipe with us that her Egyptian husband taught her how to make a long time ago. Here’s her letter… Here is the "recipe". It is not very specific because I have never written it down. Sephardic Jews will put up the fava beans on a Friday night before Sabbath and let it […]
January 17th, 2017
"Grandmas Project is a collaborative web-series sharing the recipes and stories of grandmas around the world, filmed by their grandchildren." What a wonderful idea! Check it out at Grandmas Project. There "you can watch films, apply as a filmmaker, explore recipes, share stories about your own grandma – and more." Enjoy! Mama Lisa
November 20th, 2015
There’s an interesting book that features food wisdom and proverbs from around the world called "Food Rules" by Michael Pollan. The book is about learning to think about eating in a more healthy way. The sayings are interesting. I’ve tried to find some of the non-English sayings in their original languages – sometimes I found […]
June 23rd, 2015
Baba Ghanoush (also spelled baba ghanouj) is an eggplant dip that’s eaten in the Middle East. Variations can be found in Egypt, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Jordon, Lebanon, Turkey and Armenia. Baba Ghanoush is often served with other dips like hummus. Pita bread is usually sliced up and dipped into the baba ghanoush. We also eat […]
December 21st, 2014
In the US, we all see the bright holiday lights in December in our neighborhoods. NASA has found such an increase in luminosity that it can be seen from space! A 20 – 50% increase in light during the Christmas season in the US. Here’s an image that shows a similar effect, which can be […]
January 31st, 2013
Written by guest blogger Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. Daria performs multicultural music from around the world. No one really knows what music sounded like in ancient Egypt, but we do know what some of their instruments used during that time looked like. A close look at some of the beautiful hieroglyphics found in the pyramids and in […]
September 1st, 2012
Here’s a short video about different sounds instruments make from around the world… Enjoy! Mama Lisa
February 17th, 2012
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili, […]
September 23rd, 2010
Do you remember playing "1, 2, 3, Shoot!"? I do! One, Two, Three, Shoot! is a choosing game. A game to settle disagreements between two or more people. When I was a kid playing this game, we always played with two people. It was a perfect game for deciding who would win an argument. Kids […]
September 16th, 2009
Cross Cultural Poetics has podcasts featuring modern poets from different countries around the world. The first podcast features Egyptian poets Mohamed Metwalli and Maged Zaher and Chinese poet Zhang Er. They compare Chinese and Arabic poetry to English poetry. Zhang Er points out that Chinese poetry has no tense – so it has an eternal […]
February 22nd, 2009
We’d love it if you’d join the Mama Lisa Facebook Group. You can post anything you’d like about your culture. You can post your own musical recordings or YouTube videos… Links to culture and musical sites… Photos of your country… Questions about songs or cultural issues… Anything related to World Culture and Music… Click on […]
February 13th, 2009
Mourad Bendjennet sent us information about a new way of transliterating Arabic that has come about since the advent of computers. Here we’re talking specifically about transliterating Arabic by writing the language in the Roman alphabet to show how to pronounce it in English… “With the introduction of computers and text messages among Arabs, they […]
July 23rd, 2008
Jennie sent me some Moroccan lullabies and songs today with this note… Dear Mama Lisa! I came across your website today after doing a Google search looking for children’s songs and lullabies from Morocco… Recently I just moved to Morocco, with my baby, and was interested in learning some songs. I have picked up a […]
December 29th, 2007
In many parts of the world, the foods eaten on New Years Eve and New Years Day have important symbolic meanings. These symbols seem to fall into several major categories. The first class symbolizes financial prosperity. This type of food is round like coins. Often, the dish will be round beans, like lentils, that will […]
November 30th, 2006
A significant part of the Mama Lisa sites is a large collection of songs and nursery rhymes from around the world. We currently have about 750 songs from around 90 countries and cultures. When you consider how many languages there are in those cultures – that’s a lot of information! In order to make it […]
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