Mexico, Travel

On a passé la période de “Día de Muertos” (le Jour des morts) ici, à Oaxaca City, où cette fête traditionnelle est particulièrement importante. Elle suit notre Halloween, mais n’a rien à voir.

C’est la période de l’année où les morts reviennent visiter leurs proches. Tout le monde prépare des autels, où on retrouve une photo de la personne aimée, ses aliments et ses boissons préférées, des bougies, de l’encens et les traditionnelles fleurs orange appelées “cempasuchitl”. Les gens vont aussi se recueillir – et faire la fête! – au cimetière, après avoir nettoyé et décoré les tombes. Il y a beaucoup de bruit, de rires et de musique!

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Mexico, Travel

C’est dans cette belle ville, qui figure sur la liste du patrimoine de l’humanité de l’UNESCO, que nous nous sommes installés. Le centre de la ville est magnifique, avec ses maisons peintes de couleurs vives, et les rues sont très animées. Il y a plein d’artisans, d’artistes, d’activités culturelles, et c’est l’endroit du Mexique où les traditions de “Dia de Muertos” sont restées  les plus fortes (photos à venir). La nourriture de l’état d’Oaxaca est reconnue à travers le Mexique, et c’est un état très engagé aux niveaux social et politique. Voici quelques photos qui montrent la beauté de la ville.

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Mexico, Travel

À notre arrivée au Mexique, nous avons passé cinq jours à Mexico. Nous étions dans le quartier Roma, plutôt riche et coloré! Voici d’abord des photos qui montrent le Mexique vu de l’avion, et ensuite la ville de Mexico. C’est bientôt “Dia de Muertos”, le jour des morts, alors il y a des crânes en sucre à vendre dans les pâtisseries! Le café “Memorias de un barista” est excellent, et j’aime le fait qu’il y ait des Bixi à Mexico.

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Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Travel, Vietnam

Here are some of my favorite pictures from South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Japan. They were taken between 1996 and 2006. My first trip abroad was when I went to teach English in South Korea in 1996. Daniel and I also had a chance to explore other countries when we lived in Shanghai, from 2003 to 2006.

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China, Travel

Daniel and I lived in Shanghai for three years, from 2003 to 2006. Our life there was filled with new friends, amazing sights, delicious food, professional opportunities, trips to other places in Asia, and of course the occasional sensory overload… Here are some of my favorite pictures from that magical time. You can see more pictures on my Flickr page.

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Language Acquisition, Learning English, Learning French, Teaching

COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT

I want to share this video where Stephen Krashen, an authority on second-language acquisition, demonstrates what comprehensible input is. And he explains that it’s the only way people acquire a language – we’ve tried everything else!

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There are at least three different new year’s celebrations in Thailand, including the first of January, Chinese New Year, and Songkran, the actual Thai new year, in April. Here are a few pictures from the January 1st celebration at temples, and also at a bar.

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Life in Chiang Mai is good. Not perfect – nothing is – but we like it here… There’s a reason this city is a hub for digital nomads. It’s easy to find good accommodation at reasonable prices, the food is awesome (who doesn’t love Thai food!), fresh fruit is plentiful and inexpensive, the city has a laid-back feel, the narrow streets are filled with tropical trees and flowers, there are beautiful temples everywhere, and the cats tend to look happy, which says a lot about how people treat them… :) I’ll let my pictures speak!

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So while living in Thailand has lots of advantages, one aspect that can be annoying is the visa issue. Residents of Thailand have to leave the country often in order to extend their stay in the Land of Smiles. We did just that last weekend: a day-trip to Myanmar.

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People learning French often say that sentences sound like one long word. How do you know where one word ends and another begins?

The big reason for this is the linkings called “enchaînements” and “liaisons”. These are not only normal, but actually required in French. When a word begins with a vowel sound, if you haven’t done an “elision”, you will normally do a “liaison” or an “enchaînement”. This means that a word that starts with a vowel, such as “ami”, will actually start with a consonant sound.

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