Folium: Copan Carpet In Honduras via Gadling.com

Folium: Copan Carpet In Honduras via Gadling.com The Copan Carpet (Alfombras Copan) is another “Semana Santa” (Holy Week) / “Pascua” (Easter) celebration that is celebrated in the Latin American country of Honduras. These carpets are made of sawdust and flower petals while depicting different stations of the cross, in accordance with Latin American Catholic traditions. […]

Folium: Holy Week – The Big Picture via Boston.com

Folium: Holy Week – The Big Picture via Boston.com “La semana santa” is Holy Week in the Hispanic world and in most countries it’s considered one of the biggest celebrations of the year. Semana Santa celebrations often outdo Christmas and New Years in reach and scope. Each day of semana santa is considered holy in […]

Folium: The ALMA Telescope Array in Chile via Astrobites.com

Folium: The ALMA Telescope Array in Chile via Astrobites.com The ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is the largest radio telescope installation on the planet. I’m not bragging, I’m simply stating a fact. And the interesting thing behind this fact is that the Atacama Desert, known for some of the most inhospitable conditions on the planet, is now […]

Folium: Which American Accent Do You Have? via YouThink.com

http://www.youthink.com/quiz.cfm?action=go_detail&sub_action=take&obj_id=9827 Now this is a fun one, so I’ll keep this short! I get asked about accents and dialects a lot in class, and I’ll make my declaration to the world here… Yes! Spaniards, Mexicans, Chileans, Costa Ricans, all have very different Spanish accents. But that’s not all! Just like in the United States, people […]

Folium: MOVE via Vimeo.com

MOVE via Vimeo I don’t consider myself a “language” professor. While I can hold my own on the principles of Spanish and French linguistics, and I’m well versed in the cultural theories and histories of these people, all these things take a back seat to the actual experience of using languages to meet people. I […]

Folium: NoTengoEnie.com For Typing Characters and Symbols

NoTengoEnie.com (I don’t have “ñ”!) This is genius in its simplicity. The website is notengoenie.com and it is exactly what it advertises. If you don’t know how, or are too tired of looking up windows ALT codes to create special characters then this is the site for you! You are presented with a bubble-wrap-like interface […]

Folium: Parenting is the same in any language!

YouTube Link For your approval… A father with his small child. I saw this video a few months ago, and was reintroduced to it after it hit over 14 million views on YouTube. Since then the video has added translations, and I’m happy to present it to y’all. I’m going to skip the usual diatribe […]

Folium: The Exploding Internet via NewScientist.com

The Exploding Internet via NewScientist.com In academic institutions, I sometimes have a difficult time convincing students (and other faculty) why languages are no longer an elective – but should be a requirement for all programs. Nothing upsets me more than a student who is born, raised, goes to school, and gets a job in the […]

Folium: The Inner Workings of Google Translate via Engadget.com

Google gives us some insight on the inner workings of Google Translate via Engadget You darn kids with your iPods and your Facebooks and the Twitters … All this technology doesn’t grow on trees y’know! Did you know that Google can translate stuff? And that they’re pretty darned good at it too! In fact, Google […]

Folium: Inspirational St. Patrick’s Day Quotes on Parenting via Strollerderby

Inspirational St. Patrick’s Day Quotes on Parenting via Strollerderby What? We can cover other languages and cultures besides Spanish and French! Because of fast-approaching St. Patrick’s Day I thought that we could take a few minutes to think about the Emerald Isle. Have you ever seen this place? It’s incredible! And while I’m not a […]