Monthly Archives: December 2014

Between the Ox and the Grey Ass

This Christmas carol, Entre le boeuf et l ‘âne gris, is well loved in France, where was written in the 13th century, but not known well at all in the English-speaking world, so I couldn’t find it sung in English anywhere online. I

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Posted in Christmas, faith

tube tongues: the language at each end of the line

Sometimes someone makes you see something you know well in a new way. Oliver O’Brien’s Tube Tongues  does just that. The UCL scholar mapped all the languages spoken at each London tube stop. It’s fascinating, and great for language learners

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Posted in international, poetry, translation

Polish children’s books take on the world: find today’s lokomotywa

We always need more children’s books to delight the eye and the ear, in as many languages as possible. The Polish Dwie Siostry (two sisters) Publishing is awarding 2,500 euro to the best new one to add to their catalogue:

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Posted in books, translation

Rilke’s Advent

No-one does Advent better than the Germans. The Leo German dictionary usually has an excellent online advent calendar (in German, with poems and pictures for every day). So who better, I thought, to start Advent, than the German poet Rainer

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