Interesting stories, photos and videos about language education and travel, communication and media
Sao Paulo ad agency Moma Propaganda created a series of posters featuring social networking technologies as part of the “Everything Ages Fast” ad campaign for Maximidia Seminars. The campaign features a very good combination of contemporary and vintage.
One of the best flash mobs happened last year about this time when the army of Spartans were spotted on the Tube around London. Clad in just leather pants and capes, they brandished their spears for the entertainment of their fellow commuters. READ MORE
A very well done French commercial! Proof that some things in life technology simply cannot replace. Paper will never die, thanks to Emma 🙂
Le papier ne sera jamais mort – Emma!
We have compiled the ultimate list of inspirational travel quotes for all of you who are thinking of traveling or need some encouragement 🙂
- “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
- “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
- “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd
- “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling
- “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
- “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
Today, we are bringing you the funtastic poem “The Chaos” written nearly 100 years ago (1922) by Gerard Nolst Trenité, also known under the pseudonym Charivarius. This is a classic English poem containing about 800 of the worst irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation. Even native English speakers will find the poem interesting 🙂
You may notice that The Chaos is written from the viewpoint of the foreign learner of English: it is not so much the spelling as such that is lamented, as the fact that the poor learner can never tell how to pronounce words encountered in writing (the poem was, after all, appended to a book of pronunciation exercises). Click here for a PDF version (created by using the phonetic alphabet).
There is also a video of the poem being read out should you need some help on couple of the more unusual words 🙂 READ MORE
Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, “Which country does the most good?” The answer may surprise you (especially if you live in the US or China). READ MORE