Last year I talked with my 7th-grade students about the three Environmental R’s: There’s another one we can add to that. Repurpose means to take something you might otherwise throw away and make something new out of it. I’m huge crafts fan – I obsessively save toilet paper rolls, beer caps, and ribbons. This Christmas, … Continue reading Photo Challenge: Repurpose
Welcome to my first #WeekendCoffeeShare. If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about one of my favorite cities, Vienna. (Even if I laugh every time I remember that its actual name in German is Wien.) It’s been a heavy week and for me, travel lifts the gravitas. I’ve been to Vienna at least six times … Continue reading Vienna, a City of Class and Espresso
I would love to be in the mind of a truly multilingual person, who can switch from Portuguese to German to Spanish to English lightning-quick. Knowing English fluently and being a continuous learner of Czech and Hebrew, I wonder if any language learner can help but get confused between the ones they know, since languages … Continue reading Is It Possible to Confuse Czech and Hebrew?
I remember my first time at the hody, a Czech celebration that takes place in villages and towns at whatever time of the year their local church was dedicated to the patron saint Václav, or Wenceslas. There’s no way to translate it into English except as the generalized “festival,” but I think that the word “hody” … Continue reading Photo Challenge: Graceful
The Czech Republic can be a strange place. Maybe not as strange as Romania (more on that another time), but strange. I still think it every time I see brains, hearts, or kidneys at the butcher shop. 🙂 Someone has to be eating them… One thing I still find strange is tourism around ossuaries. These … Continue reading Time Travel Saturday: Kutná Hora & a Crypt Full o’Bones
“My English isn’t well today” is one of my favorite Czenglish mistakes. It never gets old. Is your English sick? Why isn’t it in bed? Why don’t you make it some black tea? (The Czech cure, seemingly, for all problems.) It’s just a stupid joke, but we have to laugh when we make silly mistakes. … Continue reading “My English Isn’t Well Today”: Using Wordplay to Laugh at Our Mistakes