February 18th, 2017
I’m always trying to improve my French. One way is by watching French movies, ideally with French subtitles to help comprehension. Then you’re not always translating in your head by reading subtitles in your own language. Yesterday I discovered that Netflix added subtitles in different languages to some foreign movies and shows. I was able […]
March 23rd, 2016
If you’re learning another language, it’s good to encounter that language throughout the day. One way is to change the language that you view Facebook in to your target language. It’s easy to change the language. When you’re in Facebook, look for the box shown bellow. It should be in the right-hand column. Click on […]
December 18th, 2015
Most films are not worth seeing in 3D. Usually, the 3D aspect of films seems like an afterthought that’s only added to make more money. It’s rare that it has any real artistic value. There are two movies that 3D effects made more magical… Coraline and Hugo. We went to the movie theater to get […]
December 16th, 2015
Are you and your family and friends ready to see the new Star Wars movie? This fun rendition of the theme song, with Princess Leia and Hans Solo will get you in the mood…
December 14th, 2015
Happy 90th Birthday to Dick Van Dyke! Watch a flash mob perform for him a dancing medley from Mary Poppins in the video below. At the end, Dick Van Dyke sings along with them! What a happy guy! Enjoy! Mama Lisa
August 4th, 2015
Slate recently pointed out how the animation studio, Pixar remade some scenes in the movie Inside Out for foreign viewers. One aspect they changed is the vegetable Riley hates as a little kid. For US audiences, it’s broccoli, a cliché vegetable that American kids hate. In Japan, kids love broccoli, so they changed the hated […]
April 14th, 2015
Watch Darth Vader say, "I am your father" to Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie in 20 different languages (as dubbed in the movies). You can see a list of the languages with their voice actors below the video. Languages and Voice Actors: English (Original) – James Earl Jones Spanish (1980) – Isidro Olace […]
April 1st, 2015
We’ve just started Mama Lisa’s French Facebook Group to discuss all things French! This group is for people who love French and would like to learn more about the language and culture. We’ll share French learning resources. We welcome recipes and traditions. We’d love to discuss French books, music and movies and other items of […]
November 12th, 2014
Monique wrote from France about a cool "emoticon" she uses when corresponding with her friends. Here’s her email: In French, "à demain" (see you tomorrow) sounds like "à 2 mains" (with two hands). That’s why when someone tells you "à demain" you may answer "à deux pieds" (with two feet) as a joke. This all […]
February 4th, 2014
Believe it or not one tool I’ve found to help language learning is Facebook. Which is nice because so many people are already members. If you’re a Facebook member and want to improve your knowledge of a language, I have two ideas for you: 1. Join Facebook Groups or Pages in your target language. For […]
Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad celebrates the diversity of America with people singing "America the Beautiful" in many different languages. You can hear it below… The song was sung in English, Tagalog, Spanish, Hebrew, Hindi, Keres and Senegalese-French.
July 23rd, 2013
Butterbeer is a non-alcoholic beverage people drink in the Harry Potter books and movies. If you go to Universal Amusement Park in Florida, where they have several Harry Potter rides, you can drink Butterbeer. Boy is it yummy! Of course Universal doesn’t give out the recipe. However, people have made many attempts to recreate the […]
June 6th, 2013
Many of us grew up watching Mr. Rogers. He was on the kids’ show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood that ran in some form from 1963 to 2001. Here’s a Mr. Rogers video song remix called Sing Together that was just released by PBS (the station that ran his show). It’s a sequel to the previous Mr. […]
February 27th, 2013
"Easy peasy" is an expression people say when something is very easy to do. My daughter just recited a longer version of it which I had never heard: "Easy, peasy, lemon, squeezy." (listen here) She couldn’t believe that I, Mama Lisa, had never heard the full expression before! It seems to come from a British […]
February 1st, 2013
One step at a time we can help change the world. Take the example of Playpower… "People need affordable learning games. Worldwide, 4.1 billion people earn under $3,000 per year, meaning that even a $100 computer is often out of reach for the world’s emerging middle class. Playpower is targeting a $10 platform that makes […]
November 8th, 2012
We’ve been without electricity, and have had only intermittent internet connections, since last Monday due to Hurricane Sandy. There are many people in similar situations (or worse) in the areas affected by the hurricane. This is the most we’ve been without electronical devices and computers since they became widespread in the 1990’s. I’ve found we’re […]
October 22nd, 2012
"Ging Gang Goolie" was written by Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, for the 1st World Scout Jamboree in 1920. Kids from 34 countries attended the event. The song is gibberish on purpose so that kids all over the world who speak different languages can sing along and not feel like the song […]
October 18th, 2012
The Magic Garden, a children’s TV show from the 70’s and 80’s, marks its 40th anniversary this year. Here you can see the stars of the show, Carole and Paula, performing at a concert this year…. That brings back memories! Mama Lisa
October 16th, 2012
For all you fans of the animated show The Simpsons, check out these opening credits done with real live people…. (via Kottke) Pretty cool! But where’s Marge’s tall blue hair? Enjoy! Mama Lisa
September 21st, 2011
Any of you who haven’t read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, do so now before the movie comes out in November. A neighbor recommended it to my 10 year old daughter. It arrived in the mail last week… I opened the book… turned the pages to see what it was about and became intrigued. It’s […]
May 21st, 2011
A Child’s Garden of Poetry is a show running on HBO for a couple of more days. So if you have HBO – go see it while it’s still on! It’s a half hour program geared towards kids… but adults will enjoy it too. In the show, kids talk about poetry and read a few […]
March 17th, 2011
Most Americans in their thirties and forties are familiar with "Schoolhouse Rock", the short cartoons on educational subjects that appeared in between commercials during weekend kids programming in the seventies. Who among us, of that age, doesn’t know the words that come after "Conjunction junction…" or "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly…"? What I never knew until recently […]
February 28th, 2011
A college friend, Dave Bower wrote asking for help finding an animation. Here’s what he wrote: Hey Lisa, Okay, we saw The Lion King (theatrical version) last night… never seen it before. It’s pretty amazing, in terms of the costumes and set design. I actually wish there was more emphasis on the African music in […]
February 18th, 2011
Ayako Egawa wrote to me about privacy and anonymity in donating, and social networking in Japan. Here’s what she wrote: I’d like to tell you about the interesting phenomenon about donations in Japan. The Tiger Mask donation phenomenon started when someone anonymously donated thousands of backpacks to orphanages around Japan. What’s remarkable is that the […]
March 24th, 2010
Here’s the next movie my 3rd grade daughter wants to see…
February 19th, 2010
Alice in Wonderland is coming out in theaters next month in the US… starring one of my favorite actors, Johnny Depp! Adding to the excitement is that it’s directed by Tim Burton. He directed Edward Scissorhands (starring Depp), The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (also […]
February 12th, 2010
Yesterday, Nicola Holdsworth told us about some British traditions. She mentioned: Having a chimney sweep at your wedding is good luck i.e. to bless it I think, is supposed to bring good luck for the newly married couple. I read more about this tradition (in Folklore and The Journal of American Folklore) and found that […]
August 22nd, 2009
Here’s a cartoon from 1950 called Little Audry: Goofy Goofy Gander. It’s a strange mixture of Mother Goose, comic books, jazz and Hollywood, with the goose that lays the golden eggs thrown in…
August 11th, 2009
Rainy days and hot humid days in the summer are a good time to see some of those movies you’ve been wanting to see… and that your kids have been wanting to see. Here are some we’ve watched… Night at the Museum – we watched the 1st one on DVD – my 8 year […]
July 8th, 2009
Imagine eccentric Dali, in his black cape, working with Walt Disney! The two did come together briefly on a short film project in 1946, called Destino. For unknown reasons, it wasn’t completed at the time. The artwork Dali originally composed for the movie was purchased by Disney a few years ago. In 2001, work began […]
July 5th, 2009
Walt Disney World has added a robotic Barack Obama to its Hall of Presidents. Here you can hear CNN’s Rob Marciano report about it…
March 30th, 2009
Check out the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. (Coming out on October 16, 2009.) It looks awesome! Thanks to Troy McDonald at PeekaBookaZoo for pointing this out!
March 17th, 2009
February 21st, 2009
I read Neil Gaiman’s book Coraline when it came out in 2002 and enjoyed it – so I figured the film was a good bet. I was worried by the clips of this film, that it might be a little scary for my 7 year old daughter. But it looked wonderful and I knew it […]
February 16th, 2009
This is very funny – Jake Johannsen is a great comedian. His commentary on Starbucks’ lingo for coffee sizes makes me finally understand why I’m so perplexed each time I try to order a coffee there… -Mama Lisa
February 7th, 2009
Gerardo wrote to me sharing the sad news about Jorge Guerra… Dear Lisa, The Pin Pon song was created in 1965 by Jorge Guerra a Chilean actor that also created the character of a boy doll. Jorge Guerra died yesterday February 6 at the age of 66 years. He was recognized for his contribution to […]
January 25th, 2009
Kung Fu Panda is a really great movie. I’d highly recommend watching it with your kids. It looks pretty. It exposes your children to another culture (it takes place in China). It’s funny and has a nice moral to the story (one being, be true to yourself). You can get an idea of what Kung […]
January 7th, 2009
This is so cute! A 5 year old kid with a cooking show in Portland called “The Big Kitchen With Food”. It may give you ideas about how to cook with kids. Though it shows one kid, Julian Kreusser, cooking a recipe by himself. Check it out and share it with kids you know…. Enjoy […]
December 28th, 2008
Last week the singer and actress Eartha Kitt passed away. She was well-known for her song Santa Baby, and for her rendition of C’est Si Bon. She played Catwoman in the last season of the Batman TV series. She was in many Broadway plays and was a cabaret singer. Below you can see and hear […]
November 15th, 2007
The things we watch on TV when we’re kids can stay with us for our whole lives. I grew up in the 70’s and I’ll never forget the Saturday morning Schoolhouse Rock cartoons that taught about history, grammar and math. I recently learned that there’s a whole generation of kids who grew up in the […]
August 1st, 2007
We brought our kids to see The Simpsons Movie this past weekend. It was like watching a decent, extra long episode, that looked wonderful (much better than on a TV screen). I wouldn’t say it’s a movie you have to go out and see. But if you’re a Simpsons fan, you’ll probably enjoy seeing it […]
June 27th, 2007
Mitzy wrote: I remember the tune and a few words of a song from fifty-two years ago, but I do not remember the name. The part I remember is “the cat and the dog… with the big bow-wow and the little meow, meow, bow-wow, meow, bow-wow, meow.” Okay, so maybe I’m nuts, but I will […]
April 22nd, 2007
Andy Carvin, the man who took the great photo of Hotel Sidi Driss (Luke Skywalker’s Home) in my previous blog post, wrote me pointing out that he’s written a whole article on Star Wars locations in Tunisia. Also, check out his movies at the same link. Thanks Andy!
April 19th, 2007
If you’re a Star Wars fan you know that Luke Skywalker grows up on the planet Tatooine. But what you may not know is that Tatooine is a real town in Tunisia! (Spelled “Tataouine”.) The connection between Tatooine and Tunisia goes deeper than the just the name. Many of the scenes in Star Wars Episode […]
March 12th, 2007
Stanislav wrote to me looking for a French song that’s in a Ukrainian commercial: Hello, I stumbled upon your website while looking for one song. Although my request might sound a little strange, I thought I’d write you and ask anyway. I live in Ukraine and there is a TV commercial here with a French […]
January 24th, 2007
M. Katul wrote: At the end of the film “The Painted Veil” currently playing in theaters, a group of children, off camera, sang the French children’s song “A La Claire Fontaine”. How can I find out who made that recording and whether or not it is available for purchase? Thank you. M. Katul The Choir […]
November 10th, 2006
My husband, Jason Pomerantz, has asked if he could write about an interesting experience he recently had…. When I was very young I was a big fan of The Electric Company. This was a wonderful show that ran on public television in the United States from 1971 to 1977. It was produced by Children’s Television […]
March 26th, 2006
I’ve been sick for the past few days. In order to help pass the time and also to keep my 4 year old daughter occupied, we’ve been watching Winnie the Pooh movies together. Why Winnie the Pooh you ask? The reason is that my daughter loves the Disney princesses… Well she actually loves all princesses. […]
January 10th, 2006
A while back I was writing about visiting Philadelphia with kids. If you’re planning to visit Independence Hall in Philadelphia, I would recommend watching the musical 1776 (filmed in 1972) before your trip. It really brings Independence Hall to life. It helps you and your kids understand what took place in that one room, called […]
November 27th, 2005
Last night my husband, my son and I went to see the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie. I think everyone should read the Harry Potter series. They’re highly imaginative and fun. The first book was the best so far. The later ones are (needlessly) too long. But if I was a kid, […]
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