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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 […]
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.
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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 […]
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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. […]
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"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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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"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 […]
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
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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
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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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Here’s the next movie my 3rd grade daughter wants to see…
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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 […]
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 […]
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…
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