Archive for May, 2012

May 21, 2012

New video clips on Chinese food culture

This TV series has recently made a splash in the Chinese communities,–CCTV’s new TV documentary 央视《舌尖上的中国》7-parts

youtube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4F4A6FCF35D92832

Some praise it for its asthetic appeal, attention to detail,  the story-telling angle and grass-roots approach. Commonly raised praises are that watching the show brings back childhoold memories.

Some find it short of being “scientific” and “rigorous”, comparing it to similar food-discvoery shows by BBC where the approach is more in the line of treating food as a science (not a narrative).

recommendation: excellent choice for introducing students to Chinese food culture.

May 21, 2012

Online file converter

Have you ever been in a situation where you need to convert files for language classroom? (audio to video, different video formats, documents, etc.)

A convenent online tool which is free: http://www.online-convert.com