You probably know places described in literature that also exist in real life. Sometimes it is easy to recognize them, and sometimes discovering their true location requires investigation. Is it possible to put all these places on a map?
Can poetry overcome language barriers and cross cultures? A peek into centuries of Japanese poetry introduces us to the haiku and you can compose your own.
Adults rely on maps for a lot of information. Most maps they use, however, are missing enchanted things. Things like the land of the giants, dragon gorges, and enchanted forests. Lets correct this by drawing a map of magical places from literature around the world.
"Really?”, "Good gracious!", "Are you kidding?", or "What a shame!". What do all these expressions have in common? Any one of them might be heard as a response to information a person hears.
How do you commonly greet your friends? Let’s compile a map of how we greet each other in our countries.
Once, only the bravest people set off on a sea journey. Now, let’s sail the virtual high seas, retracing adventures described in our favorite books!
This project is a first attempt to study tales on a global scale. Together we will collect tales- told and written- from cultures and authors around the world.
Are idioms a dime a dozen or are they on their way out? Are they widely used or becoming obsolete? As cultures evolve, how do idioms keep pace?
Do you have an Achilles’ heel or keep up with the Joneses? We all use idioms with proper names. Where do they come from? How do they spread globally?
‘My little sunshine’, ‘sweetie’, ‘honey’– why do parents use such nicknames when talking with their children? Let’s see exactly which terms of endearment are used in different languages and cultures.
When you hear the word ‘horse’ what image comes to your mind? Perhaps you see a muscled workhorse, a winged Pegasus, a fiery stallion, or a gentle pony. Let’s see how many different meanings and images of a horse we can find in poetry worldwide.
Just like people, house pets are given names, which are called zoonyms. Together, we can collect zoonyms from all over the world and compile the first ever pet name classification.
Idioms are the most interesting issue of any language. English is very rich in idioms. They reflect the history, outlook, traditions,the character, customs, lifestyle and humor of native speakers.Knowing of English idioms enriches vocabulary, helps remember words, develops memory, and improves our understanding the culture of the Englishmen. But English idioms are difficult to remember. Let's try to imagine idioms and draw them to make the way of memorizing better.
‘False friends of a translator’ is a couple of words in two languages, similar to spelling / writing and / or pronunciation, they are often related with origin but different in the meaning.
To make advertising slogans bright, interesting and memorable for consumers, many professionals work on advertising, using a variety of linguistic expressiveness means. Let's analyze Russian and foreign advertising slogans in terms of their stylistic, lexical, grammatical and phonetic features, and compare them for better understanding of the mentality of different peoples!