Sunday, 23 November 2014

Thanksgiving Day... at the movies! Let's watch some videos!


Click on the following link to read my post about Thanksgiving origins, then watch the videos.

American holidays - Thanksgiving Day

The American Thanksgiving story


How many times have we seen Thanksgiving dinners in American movies or telefilms? 

"Dear Lord, we realize that lately, everything's been changing too damn fast. And all sorts of things are always the same, even if we hate it — like shoveling the turkey and stuffing the snow."
from the movie "Home for the holidays", 1996

"Once, there was this day. . . this one day when. . . everyone realized they needed each other."
from the movie "Pisces of April", 2003

"You have taken the land which is rightfully ours. Years from now my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations. Your people will wear cardigans, and drink highballs. 
We will sell our bracelets by the road sides, and you will play golf. 
My people will have pain and degradation. Your people will have stick shifts. The gods of my tribe have spoken. They said do not trust the pilgrims. And especially do not trust Sarah Miller.
 For all these reasons I have decided to scalp you and burn your village to the ground."
from the movie "Addams Family Values", 1993


"You cut the turkey without me!" from "Avalon" 2001

"The turkey" - from "Home for the holidays", 1996

"The prayer" - from "Blind Side", 2009

"The toast" - from "Funny people", 2009

April explains Thanksgiving to a Chineese family - from "Pisces of April", 2003

Addams family Thanksgiving - from "Addams Family Values", 1993

Answer the following questions:

Do you think it's possible to understand some cultural aspects of a foreign country
just watching its movies?
After watching theese scenes, what can you understand about Usa Thanksgiving traditions?
Which movie scene do you like the most? Why?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Street food in the UK: let's try some fish and chips!

Street food is artisan food. You can usually buy it from  stalls in the streets, it is not served from restaurants or cafes.

Learn more about street food in the UK

What is street food?

Top 10 London street food stalls:

Street food

Fish and chips

A common street food in Britain is fish and chips. It consists of battered fish, commonly  cod or haddock, and deep-fried chips. A common side dish is mushy peas.

What is fish and chips:

English Fish 'n Chips

Fish and chips origins
The unlikely origin of fish and chips

The history of fish and chips

The history of fish and chips in Britain
Do you want to prepare it yourself? 
Read the recipes and watch the video!

Fish and chips recipe:

Mushy peas recipe:

Fish and chips recipe

Street food around the world

A simple guide:

Answer the following questions:

What's your country' s typical street food? Do you like it?
You've just read some information about street food around the world: 
what's your favourite street food and why?

Create an interactive mindmap with Thinglink as the one I created for you as an example.
Choose an image of the world, upload it on Thinglink and put links on it (just clicking anywhere on the image) about typical street food of different nations. 
Have fun!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

British eating habits: let's have a tea party!


Typical British eating habits

UK food in Britain


"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to 
the ceremony known as afternoon tea."
Henry James

The history of tea in Britain:

A short history of tea in England

Afternoon tea and high tea:

The history of afternoon tea:

English tea: a list of Dos and Don'ts:


Afternoon tea recipes:

Scones recipe:

Classic cucumber tea sandwiches:


English afternoon tea sandwich recipe

How to make English scones

Proper etiquette for afternoon tea

How to throw a tea party


You want to have a tea party. Make a list of the things you need, describe how you make a proper British tea and tell something about the etiquette you have to follow.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Some songs to talk about world hunger and poverty

October was World Hunger Action Month!

May, 28 2015 will be World Hunger Day

Many artists in the world composed songs about world hunger and poverty to help raise awareness about theese issues.


Band Aid was a charity supergroup  featuring mainly American, British, and Irish musicians and recording artists.  It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-poverty efforts in Ethiopia by releasing the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for the Christmas market that year.

Band Aid - Do they know it's Christmas?

USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) was the name under which 44 predominantly U.S. artists, led byMichael Jackson and Lionel Richie, recorded the hit single "We Are the World" in 1985. The song was a U.S. and UK number one for the collective in April of that year. This super group was inspired by Bob Geldof's Band Aid.

Usa for Africa - We are the world

"Heal the World" is a song from Michael Jackson's hit album, Dangerous, released in 1991.

The video shows poor children living in Africa.

Michael Jackson - Heal the world

"Imagine" is a song written and performed by John Lennon in 1971. 

He asks us to imagine a world at peace 
without borders, hunger and wars. 
Is he a dreamer?

John Lennon - Imagine

"Another Day in Paradise" is a song performed by  
Phil Collins, 
released in 1989. It is about  the problem of hunger and homelessness. 
When someone asks for our help in the street, 

do we pretend not to hear?

Phil Collins - Another day in paradise

Village Ghettoland is a song by Stevie Wonder 
about poverty and marginalization, released in 1976. 

Stevie Wonder - Village Ghettoland


Answer the following questions:

Which song do you prefer? Why? 
Which words have affected you the most?
Do you know any modern song about poverty or world hunger?