How to Recognize an American: Hand Gestures Edition

Americans are very expressive people. Sometimes people appreciate it and sometimes people find us too “in your face.” Regardless, the hands are an important part of how we show¬†emotion. Try your hand at it ūüėČ * Of course you know about the peace sign, which has become an internationally used and recognized gesture (though the … Continue reading How to Recognize an American: Hand Gestures Edition

I’m going to Ukraine! + 5 Hard CZ-Eng Translations

You may have noticed that I like Jewish tourism. So I’m excited to say I’m visiting what used to be Jewish Galicia, a region in modern-day (eastern) Poland and (western) Ukraine, which I learned about from this fantastic museum in Krakow¬†when I was there¬†in January 2016. This region had hundreds of thousands of Jewish residents … Continue reading I’m going to Ukraine! + 5 Hard CZ-Eng Translations

What is American food, anyway?!

When I have asked my students what they think, they immediately respond, “Hamburgers.” “Hotdogs.” “Coca Cola.” Apparently, that is the image we project abroad. Nice job,¬†Americans.¬†I mean, thanks Obama.* No, Americans don’t eat hamburgers every day (okay maybe some of them). Sure, you know the golden arches.** You know the wonderland of fried chicken. You … Continue reading What is American food, anyway?!

A Visit to Palestine: Defining Borders, Part 2

For Part One, click here.¬†I’m starting where I left off, covering my trip to the West Bank¬†(Z√°padn√≠ bŇôeh Jord√°nu) this summer, with the goal of listening more than judging. * Fast Fact: -The Barrier Wall was built in 2000 during the Second Intifada, a violent,¬†years-long uprising of Palestinians. * Bethlehem A strange part of the … Continue reading A Visit to Palestine: Defining Borders, Part 2

The Jewish Holiday Season + 5 Common Czech Mistakes in English

Guess what? Your calendar is wrong. It’s actually the year 5777.¬†Happy (Belated) Jewish New Year! !◊©◊†◊Ē ◊ė◊ē◊Ď◊Ē ◊ē◊ě◊™◊ē◊ß◊Ē I wanted to get this post in before a week has passed since Rosh Hashana¬†and also because¬†Yom Kippur begins tonight. What does this mean, you ask? As I spoke about in my classes, the Jewish New Year … Continue reading The Jewish Holiday Season + 5 Common Czech Mistakes in English

A Visit to Palestine: Defining Borders, Part 1

If you look from just the right spot outside of Jerusalem’s Old City, you can gaze into East Jerusalem / the West Bank (Z√°padn√≠ bŇôeh Jord√°nu). This is what I discovered just before I went to the film festival. If you look really closely from that spot, you can see the West Bank barrier¬†(Izraelsk√° bezpeńćnostn√≠ … Continue reading A Visit to Palestine: Defining Borders, Part 1