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我听不懂 (Wo Ting Bu Dong ) a.k.a. I don’t understand   (published in China)

November 13, 2013 by   Comments(0)

汉语(Han Yu), 中国话 (Zhong Guo Hua), or as we like to call it, Chinese. Chinese is not only hard to learn, but also hard to understand when traveling to different regions and cities, as it consists of various regional language dialects. The dialects are classified into seven groups; Mandarin, Wu, Yue, Min, Xiang, Hakka, and Gan (Good luck with pronouncing those)  and each of these classifications has countless variations. This means there are about 250  dialects in total in China.


Mandarin is the group of dialects that is spoken in the North and Southwest parts of China, for those who don’t know, this makes up the largest spoken language in Mainland China. It is also the official language in Taiwan and Singapore; there are about 836 million speakers. However, there are still 52 dialects that fall under Mandarin.


For example: In Chengdu the local dialect is Sichuanese. This Southwestern dialect of Mandarin is mainly spoken in the Sichuan province and Chongqing, which is one of the five national central cities in China. This dialect is also spoken in adjacent regions of their neighbouring provinces, such Hubei province (where the world famous Wudang Mountains are located), Yunan, Shaanxi, Hunan, and Guizhou. Sichuanese is used as a “bridge language”, so in that region and in places such as Tibet, groups learn Sichuanese as a second language. About 120 million people speak Sichuanese, so if it was counted as a language it would be ranked number 10, just after Japanese.


The Wu grouping of dialects are primarily spoken in Shanghai, the Zhejiang province (south of Shanghai), and the Jiangsu province (North of Shanghai); an estimated 77million people speak Wu. A few major dialects of the Wu include those that are spoken ...

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我听不懂 (Wo Ting Bu Dong ) a.k.a. I don’t understand
我听不懂 (Wo Ting Bu Dong ) a.k.a. I don’t understand

Tiende uge i Saint-Louis   (published in Senegal)

November 12, 2013 by   Comments(1)

Hej alle sammen.

Her kommer tiende symfoni fra Saint-Louis. Hyg jer til vi ses igen!

Kaerlig hilsen Martin

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Tiende uge i Saint-Louis
Tiende uge i Saint-Louis

My journey till now   (published in Vietnam)

November 12, 2013 by   Comments(4)

By Anuja Sabnis, Volunteer Coordinator

Hello friends,

I am Anuja Sabnis from Mumbai, India. By profession I am a Video editor, photographer, designer and film making person. My journey from this field to social work started in 2009 from a documentary made by me. My cousin invited me in a city called Belgaum 12 hours far from Mumbai to make a documentary on her NGO called “Samarpan Village”. It’s a day care center for “special need children”. Yes, we do not call them mentally challenged. So, I spent 4 days in Samarpan and made a documentary. I really liked being amongst those kids. I was forgetting all my sorrows. I decided to volunteer for them. For few years I was going often to attend meetings, festivals and functions. I was working as Video editor at that time in Mumbai. After 2 years I quit my job and started spending a month in Samarpan and back in Mumbai I started working freelance. I taught 11 years old Down syndrome boy “Yash” photography. He learnt it very well. We made some exhibition. Some news channels interviewed me and many newspapers and magazines also covered this event. Based on this work I applied through Friends of Waldorf in Germany for 1 year voluntary social service. I worked with 6 children who were on Intensive care. Mental plus physically disabled. I learnt very good German during this year. The most memorable was my relationship with one boy from my group “Florian”. He is autistic with physical disabilities. He cannot walk and he is a blind. He did not trust anybody but me. He used to let me do any and everything easily. He was very aggressive but I managed to make him patient. He loved me a lot. We had to say bye. But, I call sometimes and speak to him and he still recognizes my voice and ...

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My journey till now
My journey till now

The British Film Week   (published in Morocco)

November 12, 2013 by   Comments(0)

For the third year the British Council is celebrating the British Cinema through « The British Film Week »

Mainly in English, and subtitled in French, the event aims at opening a window on the British culture.

This event is organised in collaboration with the Ministery of Culture in Maroc, CCM (Centre Cinématographique Marocain), Centre Culturel de Sidi Moumen and l’Association des Quartiers IDMAJ in Casablanca, ESAV (L’école Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech) and Save Cinemas In Morocco in Marrakech. The event is relayed by our media partner Hit Radio.

This event will take place

8 to 9 November , Centre Culturel Sidi Moumen,  Casablanca 10 to 14 November, Dar Takafa théâtre Daoudiates, Daoudiate Marrakech 17 to 21 November, Cinéma 7em Art, Rabat

In a spirit of equal opportunities and diversity, the British Film Week will be relocated this time for 2 days of screenings on 8 and 9 november at Centre Culturel Sidi Moumen in Casablanca.. This initiative was taken in partnership with the Centre Culturel Sidi Moumen et Assocaition Idmaj.

Good Vibrations (2012) Biography | Drama | Music - 103 min Selected for the Dinard British Film Festival Selected for the Galway Film Fleadh A chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene. Directors: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Liam Cunningham, Dylan MoranMarrakech: 10 novemberRabat: 17 november

A Broken (2012) Drama | 91 min Nominated for Cannes Film Festival This is the story of a young girl living in the North of London, whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack. Director: Rufus Norris Stars: Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Bill Milner Marrakech: 11 novemberRabat: ...

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The British Film Week
The British Film Week

Elephants need baths too.   (published in Nepal)

November 12, 2013 by   Comments(3)

Yesterday, my coworker, with a huge smile on her face, grabbed my belly and said, "Nepali fat. Good!" Happy Monday to me.  The 4th jar of peanut butter I've consumed since I've been here and I will go sit in the corner and cry now.

This past weekend I returned to Chitwan National Park to knock a few more things off of my Nepal to-do list.  The park is only a 40 minute drive away, but that can feel like a long time when you're crammed into the back of a Jeep-type vehicle with no walls, hard benches, driving down roads littered with pot holes, clouds of exhaust the entire way, and motion sickness.  I'm glad it was only a 40 minute drive because anything longer than that would have resulted in a puddle of sick at the feet of the 7 of us piled into this truck bed of sorts.  Despite the nausea, the trip was well worth it!

For starters, I took a hot shower Friday night.  You heard me- a HOT shower.  I don't think I'd ever properly enjoyed a shower, in my entire life, before that moment.  Maybe I'm exaggerating, but probably not.  To add to that delight, I was able to sample some locally made rice wine type drink AND sleep in a double sized bed with an almost soft mattress AND a very soft pillow!  Friday was a good day.  Saturday morning started off early with a pleasant American breakfast of fried eggs, toast and some homefries- tasty and appreciated.  I had opted out of going to the elephant breeding center because I'm cheap, so while everyone else was doing that, I strolled through some streets and paths near the lodge.  Whilst strolling I stumbled upon a baby elephant because things like that happen in Nepal.  I was quick to make friends with said baby elephant partially due to the fact that ...

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Elephants need baths too.
Elephants need baths too.

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