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Written By: ckramsch on September 28, 2008 No Comment

I’ve been in Paris now for almost a week and I’m slowly learning the grammar of the place:  its nouns (What are: un passe Navigo, une carte orange, une prise peritel, une ligne a haut debit? where can I buy a pair of scissors, a thimble, a telephone, a chair, a fork and spoon, a […]

Written By: daveski on September 28, 2008 4 Comments

Hi everyone,

It’s a new school year and time to upgrade this site, don’t you think? Some of the admins and BLC staff have been talking about what would make the site more successful, and we thought that moving to a more ‘magazine’-like format would allow us to feature different kinds of content. Hopefully this will […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on September 22, 2008 No Comment

As I raced towards my friend who returned from Germany to the United States (after nearly a year) tonight, I yelled out loudly, to the surprise of several suitcase-toting passengers at the San Francisco International Airport, “Nummer Eins!” My friend embraced me, leaned down, stooping a little to compensate for the nearly foot-and-a-half that he […]

Written By: daveski on September 22, 2008 No Comment

Thinking about my recent trip to Essen, Germany to participate in an applied linguistics conference, I realize that one of my most lasting memories is also one of the most mundane. That’s not to say that I’ll soon forget gazing into the sunset in the reflecting pool by the Zollverein coal mine, or […]

Written By: mustikka on September 17, 2008 1 Comment

This time I was prepared. I knew a reverse culture shock would hit me like a rock but actually, it’s been more like both shocking and welcomed pebbles of recognition – yeah! THIS is where I’ve been living for the last 30 years.

I spent the last ten months at home – or more specifically, my […]

Written By: sxiong2 on September 9, 2008 No Comment

At my work site today, the student I worked with asked me this question: “Can I call you Ellen instead because your name is too hard to say?” Of course I was not about to change my name; I told her I would think about it. Then the student sitting next to her asked me […]

Written By: daveski on September 9, 2008 2 Comments
Getting these words online

I’ve finally sat in the lair of the enemy in order to write these words to you, one step from surrender. When did the solitude of simply being with one’s voice and thoughts become oppressive? We used to be able to recite our words in our minds without necessarily giving voice to them. And there […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on September 7, 2008 No Comment

As an (unassigned) experiment for a class I am taking entitled “Writing and Technology,” I decided to forgo reading the New York Times online this week, committing only to reading the paper version. This didn’t really wean me off reading news online: NYT is only one of my news sources: I continued to browse […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on September 6, 2008 2 Comments
Fusion Music in a Wobbly World

Last night, I attended a concert by Wobbly World at UC Berkeley’s International House, an experience of multilingual/multicultural musical richness I am not going to forget in a lifetime. Wobbly World is a “Jazz, afro-cuban, funk, world music” band that “brings together musicians from many continents, integrating the instruments, languages and traditions […]

Written By: daveski on September 5, 2008 1 Comment

Several golf and sporting-news sources have reported over the last few weeks on what is being called a first-of-its-kind language policy for professional athletes in the U.S.: “Speak English or be suspended.”

The new policy, if it remains in force, would require that all of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)’s 121 international players […]

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