mother tongue

Mother Tongue: My Family’s Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in Spanish

Author: Christine Gilbert

Language: English

Summary: One woman’s quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut, and Spanish in Mexico, with her young family along for the ride. 

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All strangers are kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab world

Author: Zora O’Neill

Language: English

Summary: If you’ve ever studied a foreign language, you know what happens when you first truly and clearly communicate with another person. As Zora O’Neill recalls, you feel like a magician. If that foreign language is Arabic, you just might feel like a wizard. They say that Arabic takes seven years to learn and a lifetime to master. O’Neill had put in her time. Steeped in grammar tomes and outdated textbooks, she faced an increasing certainty that she was not only failing to master Arabic, but also driving herself crazy. She took a decade-long hiatus, but couldn’t shake her fascination with the language or the cultures it had opened up to her. So she decided to jump back in—this time with a new approach. Join O’Neill for a grand tour through the Middle East. You will laugh with her in Egypt, delight in the stories she passes on from the United Arab Emirates, and find yourself transformed by her experiences in Lebanon and Morocco. She’s packed her dictionaries, her unsinkable sense of humor, and her talent for making fast friends of strangers. From quiet, bougainvillea-lined streets to the lively buzz of crowded medinas, from families’ homes to local hotspots, she brings a part of the world that is thousands of miles away right to your door.
A natural storyteller with an eye for the deeply absurd and the deeply human, O’Neill explores the indelible links between culture and communication. A powerful testament to the dynamism of language, All Strangers Are Kin reminds us that learning another tongue leaves you rich with so much more than words. – Source: Amazon.com

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Italian cooks abroad – Ricette e chiacchiere fra amiche ad Abu Dhabi

Author: Cicer di Abu Dhabi

Language: Italian

Summary: If you walk into Biancorosso, Api Cae Gourmet or the Cicer offices (a local Italian community group), you might notice a little green spiraled notebook, with friendly letters reading Ricette E Chiacchiere Fra Amiche Ad Abu Dhabi: Italian Cooks Abroad.

If you pick up and flick through this book, you will quickly notice various one-page recipes in English, Arabic and Italian. This light-hearted kitchen aid is full of recipes for starters, pasta dishes, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. We caught up with some of the ladies behind the book, including Matilda Starace, the Italian ambassador’s wife, about how this project came about. […] Source: http://www.timeoutabudhabi.com/restaurants/features/37465-italian-cooks-abroad-cookbook-in-abu-dhabi

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