ropecast — 04.10.17, 12:00:00

113. Of cultural values in expressions

Did you ever wonder where the Rolling Stones got their name from?

Peter did and asked Roger about it. Roger suspects it's derived from an English language expression, which he explains to Peter.

That explanation leads to a discussion about how much of a culture's value system is reflected in its language, expressions and proverbs.


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ropecast — 16.09.17, 12:00:00

112. Things that don't exist at school

Last time we dealt with culturally specific concepts that do not easily translate, because they are missing their counterparts in other languages.

This time our two hosts find a bunch of peculiar things in the American school system, that don't exist in Germany and - to some extent - are also foreign to Brits.


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ropecast — 02.09.17, 12:00:00

111. Words that don't exist

When Peter arrives late for the recording of this episode he has a very good excuse: He was looking for a word. A word that doesn't exist.

You wonder how that's possible and why Peter still made it for the recording? Well, Roger saves him some of the trouble. Listen in now...


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ropecast — 18.08.17, 00:00:00

110. Of tongues, threats and tools

We are back with David Erent and English as a lingua franca.

David and Peter are going to look at how the use of English outside of its native territories affects other languages and speaker communities such as the French, the Finns, and the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland.


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ropecast — 01.08.17, 12:00:00

109. A Frenchman in Finland

French? - Finnish? - Swedish? - Arabic? - Hungarian? - Croatian? - I thought we were here to learn English?

We are indeed! And today's guest, David Erent from Helsinki, is going to explain to Peter and to you how English comes into play to resolve the truly Babylonian confusion in his life.


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