“Without music, life would be a mistake” -Friedrich Nietzsche When one thinks about different cultures of the world, music is one of the first things that comes to mind as a central component of life. Music tells a lot about the soul of a people. In this week’s issue, it is our pleasure to introduce […]
Archive for February, 2013
Hi everyone, What kind of music do you like? What kind of music do you usually listen to? Maybe some of you reading my entry are listening to your favorite music right now! As you can guess, this week’s topic is music. What is your image of Japanese music?
German music…I don’t really know where I should start. I think everybody knows that some really famous composers are Germans. Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Georg Friedrich Händel and Wilhelm Richard Wagner are probably the most famous and also today, we have great musicians who remind us about the rich German heritage of classic […]
By exploring Argentinian music, you will not only realize its eclectic nature, but also that it is embedded with many aspects of the Argentine culture, traditions, ways of thinking and living of Argentina’s inhabitants. From the well-known Tango to the popular Folklore, singers and song writers express love, friendship, family ties and even anger and […]
The music of Bolivia has a long history. Out of all the Andean countries, Bolivia remains perhaps the most culturally linked to the indigenous peoples. Like most of its neighbors, Bolivia was long dominated by Spain and its attendant culture.
Going to KTV is a big thing in China. For birthday celebrations, family get-togethers, weekends hanging out, or even just killing time, KTV is a great place to go. KTV is the place where we do karaoke. In China, we sing karaoke more privately than in the US. There are many separate karaoke boxes, and people usually sing in […]
When I saw the topic for this week, I instantly thought, oh great, music, so many things to say! Then I looked at my iTunes library… almost no French music in it! Well, maybe not that much to say then… Fortunately, so many tunes came to my mind and I started humming without even noticing. […]
We hope you all had a restful vacation! Now we’re back in full swing, and we are pleased to bring you an international education! Seriously, though, this edition is all about the “la maternelle” infant schools in France; the differences between the Hauptschule, Realschule, and Gymnasium educations; and the chain of educational development in Argentina. […]
Education is so essential and still so different in every country. In Germany even the Bundesländer (states) differ in their concepts of education. Decisions about education like the school system or fees for studying are up to the states. In the state where I come from, the education starts with Kindergarten. You can enter Kindergarten […]
In France, like in most of Westernized countries, education is a primary concern as well as a sacred and strong institution since the French Revolution. Jules Ferry’s laws in 1881 and 1882 make education public, free, secular (non religiously affiliated) and mandatory for children from 6 to 13 years old. This law will be amended […]
Argentina, one of the countries with the highest literacy rates in Latin America and even the world, is the homeland of thousands of scientists and talented, professional people. One of the key figures responsible for this is President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, who made education universal, compulsory, free and secular. In the present entry I’d like […]
Hello everyone, Education is a topic that influences the future of each country. I would like to talk about the current educational system of Japan, major differences between Japanese schools and American schools and the current problems in education.
“If your child cannot study in a good kindergarten, then he or she cannot be easily accepted by a good elementary school. If he or she cannot received education in a good elementary school, then there is no chance to go to a top middle school, or competitive high school, or famous university. Then he or […]
The formal education in Bolivia starts with kindergarten (one year), elementary (five years), middle school (three years) high school (four years), and college (five years). Public education is free (from kindergarten to college). The school time is split into three shifts (morning, afternoon, and night). For example, I attended the morning shift (6:45 am to […]