A minute of silence was observed for the victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight#MH17 crash at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Friday.
UN politicial affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the Council that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the apparently deliberate downing of a civilian aircraft.
“This horrifying incident serves as the starkest reminder of how dire the situation in eastern Ukraine has become – and how it affects countries and families well beyond Ukraine’s borders, “ said Mr. Feltman.
A very dependable feature of people who live abroad is finding them huddled together in bars and restaurants, talking not just about their homelands, but about the experience of leaving. And strangely enough, these groups of ex-pats aren’t necessarily all from the same home countries, often the mere experience of trading lands and cultures is enough to link them together and build the foundations of a friendship. I knew a decent amount of ex pats — of varying lengths of stay — back in America, and it’s reassuring to see that here in Europe, the “foreigner” bars are just as prevalent and filled with the same warm, nostalgic chatter.
“Folk Faces" by Asier Bastida.
These portraits are part of an exhibition held in the Bilbao underground to promote the 39th International Folkore Festival of Portugalete (July 24th-27th).
If only the world remained as colourful and personal as in these portraits…
Hier, j’ai pratiqué avec mon professeur. Nous étions huit étudiants et deux professeurs. Mon professeur et une nouveau professeur, elle est française. J’ai sympa. Nous avons pratiqué “tongue twisters” .. homophones (?) J’ai essayé nouveau bonbon de la ville d’Aix-en-Provence, Calisson.
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Fireworks light up the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of France’s Bastille Day celebrations. Watch the video here
It’s the first time in 12 years that fireworks have exploded from the Eiffel Tower. The French national day commemorates the beginning of the French revolution with the storming of the Bastille fortress and prison on 14 July 1789
(photo by: englishblog.com)
In a recent language exchange (LE), my LE partner and I were talking about his trip to NYC just a few weeks ago. This was his first time visiting the USA. He told me that he was very excited to visit Manhattan (pronounced “mahn – ah- ton” in a French accent)…
At 26,000 Euros per year, is this university simply for rich people or is this average/on par with a university in Paris?
I Successfully completed my first semester.
I have successfully completed my first semester of French in college. This was also my first experience at a college on the west coast. I really enjoyed meeting the people that I met. I made so many connections, so many diverse friends and they all had so many new insights that they shared with me. The only sad part is that because my first semester here was in Spring Quarter, this was also the quarter for graduation.
I will not see most of the people I met again, I will have to start over with making friends this fall. The worst part is that one of the students that I met was from Ghana and was fluent in French. I enjoyed exchanging basic phrases with her and she helped me with the area. We often joked about how she is all the way from Africa but still knows this part of the US better than I do. Our tutor from Algeria has also left he was very friendly and a cool guy.
They both shared stories and their cultures with me. For example although my name is Ronnie, apparently French speakers do not know how to pronounce it. My friend from Ghana understood me when I suggested ”René”. She said in Ghana it is a common name in school books (to use as examples) like “John” or “Ashley” is here. It was funny because she exclaimed “OHH, RENÉ!” but to me the pronunciation was basically the same thing.
My professor was great and really made the learning environment comfortable for us. He immersed us in the culture as much as possible. During the D Day anniversary we watched some footage from French media of the international event going on in Normandy, we have many French film nights, we shard French food, examined European currency, and so much more. The students do not take advantage of their resources here, but then again it is a community college and most are only here for their degree and nothing more. I have to remind myself this should be my goal also.
There are so many opportunities here, it is easy to get distracted (but I mean this in a good way). I can’t wait until I am in a university or France, or a university in France. I can’t wait until I am able to just dive right in and be exposed to so much more without being limited by college credits.
Je suis fini avec 1 semestre. J’ai 3 cours plus français.