40 idioms that cannot be translated literally

40 idioms that cannot be translated literally {0}

In case you didn’t know, the folks at TED talks have an ongoing volunteer  project to subtitle TED talks into several languages. Obies interested in translation might want to check it out here. Recently the TED folks asked their translators about idioms in their home language that could not be translated into other languages.  There are several(…)

Radio Ambulante: Oberlin

Radio Ambulante: Oberlin {1}

Winter Term at Oberlin is usually a very quiet place, but over at the studios of Oberlin’s own WOBC (91.5 on your FM dial) there are amazing, wonderful, creative radio programs being broadcast over their (now improved!) antenna via the radio airwaves and online While WT programming is only for the next couple of weeks please take a look at their show schedule (click on(…)

Arabic Learning Resource: ArabicPod101

Arabic Learning Resource: ArabicPod101 {0}

Interested in learning, improving, or perfecting Arabic? ArabicPod101 is a learning resource that’s completely accessible and navigable. I easily made an account by entering my email and instantly gained access to tons of resources. By selecting my skill level (absolute beginner), I was given 25 mini lessons complete with corresponding transcripts and downloadable audio and(…)

Maps Depicting Linguistic Differences

Maps Depicting Linguistic Differences {0}

We pick up on pronunciation differences between U.S. regions all the time. For example, how do you pronounce the liquid you pour over your pancakes? What do you call a sweet, carbonated beverage? Find out if you identify with your state’s patterns as shown by these interesting maps.   http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6?op=1

How English Sounds to Non-English Speakers

How English Sounds to Non-English Speakers {1}

Ever wonder what it would be like to hear English but not understand it? Check out this hilarious video, “Skewrl,” written and directed for your entertainment. How English Sounds to Non-English Speakers

The hammock is back!

The hammock is back! {0}

This just in from the CILC– the hammock has made a return! Come take a nap to celebrate, then play with the birds and practice the language you’re learning. See you soon! –The CILC staff