Center for Language Studies

3rd International Poetry Night

April 21, 2015
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Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate National Poetry Month with our annual International Poetry Night. National Poetry Month was founded by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to appreciate the beauty of poetry. At CLS, we celebrate with an international twist. At our International Poetry Night, poems are recited in their original language, so we can appreciate the sound and the rhythm of the poems as they were written. This year, we saw 26 poems presented in 18 different languages. If you would like to see the translations of the fantastic poems, click on the link below!

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For the full program of the evening, follow this link:

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Thanks again to all those who attended, and we hope you had as much fun as we did!


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BSLE Experiences

April 17, 2015
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Since the moment I arrived on campus last fall, I have been seeking out all of the different language activities Brown has to offer. Being the language lover that I am, I thoroughly explored the many options, taking classes, joining clubs, and attending events and talks. So, when I first heard about the Brown Student Language Exchange in November, I decided that I would try it out in the spring. I figured that if I didn’t like it, I could just drop it—no problem. So, on an average Thursday evening, I went to my first day of Thai class. Ten minutes into the class, I knew there was no chance of dropping. While the teachers didn’t put any pressure on us with tests or homework, somehow, even after only one night, everyone came out of the experience feeling that they had a significantly better understanding of the Thai language and culture. I’m not saying that we were fluent after the first day, but we all suddenly knew a lot more about a language and culture that none of us had been familiar with previously. Now, after having taken the course for several weeks, I have experience with the grammar, number system, writing system, and vocabulary of Thai. While I definitely couldn’t write an essay in Thai, these lessons have been important steps to not only understanding Thai itself, but also to understanding the ways in which languages differ from one another (I had never previously had experience with a tonal language or with a non-Roman alphabet). However, this course introduced me to more than just the nuances in grammar and writing, but also to Thailand’s extraordinary culture. In fact, perhaps my favorite part of the course is the culture section that we have for the second half of class. From religion to cuisine, and from family life to film, everything about Thai culture has completely fascinated me. In fact, I now desperately want to travel to Thailand. This course has undoubtedly been one of the best extra-curricular experiences I’ve had at Brown. For such a small and stress-free time commitment, I have come out of the experience knowing so much more about Thailand, and with a new dream of someday visiting the incredible country.


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