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9.24.2021: Alex Reviews the Film "The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch" (2018)
Friday, September 24, 2021
I recently watched The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch (Michael Steiner, 2018) on Netflix. The movie is a comedy that follows the main character Motti and his struggle to meet his family’s expectations.
9.16.2021: Laurie on the Band Kassav and Zouk Music
Thursday, September 16, 2021
This blog about Kassav and Zouk is in honor of the great Jacob Desvarieux and the band Kassav for their amazing work and for bringing happiness to the lives of so many people around the world. The French Caribbean band was formed in 1979.
7.16.2021 Celeste Bakes Homemade Conchas
Friday, July 16, 2021
The history of Conchas can be traced back to the Spanish conquest of the aztecs. The Spanish wanted to establish Mexico City into a European population and introduced the special ingredient to make conchas: wheat, the main ingredient of the concha.
5.4.2021 - Lainey on the dialects of the world!
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Oftentimes, when our teacher would introduce us to a new noun, students who were native speakers would disagree with her on the translation of the word. When she told us that the word for ‘lunch’ is ‘almuerzo,’ they replied that it was ‘lonche.’
4.19.2021 - Laurie on Louis de Funès and Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez
Monday, April 19, 2021
When I was growing up my family and I would sometimes watch films from a French actor named Louis de Funès. Although I didn’t like these old, black and white (most of the time) movies back then, I recently rediscovered them and found myself laughing.
10.29.2020 - Maria on el día de los muertos
Thursday, October 29, 2020
From Oct. 31st to Nov. 2nd every year, el día de los muertos is celebrated. This is a celebration that is traced back to the Aztecs and Mayas. Over 3,000 years, ago this celebration was in honor of Mictecacihuatl “lady of the dead.”
9.16.2020- Laurie, French Tutor, and her First Semester of Online Tutoring
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
I am excited today to talk about my experience tutoring French online for the first time in Fall 2020. As all of you know, most UIC classes are being taught remotely this semester and so is peer tutoring.
4.29.2020 - Laurie, French peer tutor, on majoring in French
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Multiple times I get asked questions like: “What made you want to become a French peer Tutor?”, “Why are you majoring in French and Francophone studies when it’s already one of your native languages?”, “Why French, why now, why here”?
3.5.2020 - Nikki on "Médecins Sans Frontières" or "Doctors Without Borders"
Thursday, March 5, 2020
As an undergraduate student with her heart set on both medicine and the French language, I’ve been advised to choose between the two, because “it is not necessary to know French as a medical practitioner.”
2.21.2020 - Ariana on La musica italiana: the greatest perk of learning Italian
Friday, February 21, 2020
Italian culture is thoroughly a beautiful one–the food, the landmarks, the music. Italian music has produced some of the most influential international artists, such as Mina, Andrea Bocelli, Fabrizio D’Andre – and now, Ghali.
2.10.2020 - Spanish-speaking countries: many different cultures to discover
Monday, February 10, 2020
There are about 21 countries in the world whose official language (or one of the languages spoken) is Spanish! Growing up in Mexico I was completely exposed to the Spanish language and immersed in Mexican culture in a different way than in Chicago.