Studying and Student life

Language and Culture Afternoon November 22, 2018

Always wanted to know more about the Arabic culture and language? Or to participate in the body percussion workshop? Or learn Swedish ? All this, and more, is possible during the Language & Culture Afternoon. During this afternoon, inspiring workshops and demonstration lessons will be offered to students and staff by the Language Center.

Starting at 14:30 on Thursday 22 November at the Academia Building, you are welcome to take part in 14 workshops and demonstration lessons, offered in two rounds. At 17.00 in the Atrium, the 'Language Café' begins. There you enjoy snacks and drinks while having a chat with other workshop participants and teachers from the Language Center.

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Workshops and demos Round 1: 14:30 - 15:30 hours

Let’s rap (English)

In this freestyle hip-hop workshop you will write hip-hop style lyrics. Andrew Cartwright of the Language Center is not an MC or a rapper but has a good deal of podium experience and a passion for hip-hop. He is keen to give it a go and guarantees laughter and mistakes. Try to ‘flow’ without a script and put the lyrics to music. Rapping along to hip-hop, grime, trap tracks might help you. Think Gang Starr, Eric B and Rakim, Wiley, Drake, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, etc. This means there will be RAPPING! It doesn't matter if you've never even thought of learning how to freestyle rap or don't know how to begin. Surprise yourself and unlock the freestyle rapping skills inside of you.

Svenska Toppers (Dutch)

Have you always wanted to be able to say more than ‘knäckebröd’ and Ikea? Susanne Eisenberg of Buro Zweeds Leren will tell you about the differences and similarities between Swedish and Dutch and English. They are more different than you think; for example, the Swedish word ‘tavla’ means ‘painting’ in English and ‘schilderij’ in Dutch instead of ‘table’ or ‘tafel. During this introductory workshop in Swedish you will learn the answer to ‘Vad heter du?' and you will practice to have a short conversation. Even singing along to a well-known Swedish song is part of the program. ‘Adjö’ or ‘see you’!

Body Percussion (Dutch)

No sticks, drums or bells: for this workshop you only need your own body. Through clapping, stamping and hitting, we’ll generate an amazing beat in no time. The workshop is a lot of fun, energizes and is full of movement and humor. After the warming up you will build a swinging rhythm together. The end result will surprise you. Clap and stamp with Dununba!

Learn to write ‘Tilburgs’ (Dutch)

Communicating in the local Tilburg dialect is pretty hot nowadays. The spoken variety of ‘Tilburgs’ sounds a little bit like Dutch. But ... the written form is far from easy to master. During the humorous Tilburg Taolklas you will learn how to write ‘Tilburgs’, what the Tilburg spelling rules are and you’ll learn more about the sounds of ‘Tilburgs’ and the origin of typical Tilburg expressions. The workshop is given by expert in ‘Tilburgs’ Nicole de Jong of ‘Tilburgs Taolburoo’.

Dance the Lindy Hop (English)

Enter the Roaring 20s of swing, brass bands, flappers and illegal speakeasy bars. Lindy Hop is an Afro-American inspired swing dance with jazz, tap and Charleston influences. Linda Mous of the Language Center and Simon Verheijden will start with the basic six-count step and will continue with a few variations on it. All eyes will be on you moving on the dance floor. Some advice: wear sneakers or another kind of flat shoe and registering with a partner is not needed, but of course you can.

Decipher Chinese (English)

The Chinese language is one of most ancient languages in the world with at least six thousand years of history, yet still in use today. Over time some changes were made in the written system, but the principles have remained more or less the same. In this workshop, Wencui Zhou of the Language Center will explain how the Chinese characters were composed and you will create your own Chinese characters and Chinese words. You can even (try to) work on your own Chinese names and discover your Chinese zodiac signs.

Latin America Iconic Characters (English)

In this interactive photography workshop, several Latin American icons who have figured as emblematic references in the construction of the collective imagination will be presented to you. These include the Virgin of Guadalupe, Frida Kahlo, Eva Peron, or Cantinflas and Che Guevara, Pancho Villa, Fidel Castro or Pinochet. Ximena Davalos will challenge you to make your own photographs/portraits based in this 'collective Latin-American imaginary' in a real photo studio with lights and props. With your own camera/mobile phone and different materials, objects and decorations, you will create a scenario and your ultimate 'Latin-American image'.

Workshops and demos round 2, 15:45 - 16:45 hours

How to sound less Dutch (English)

You know your English grammar, you have a rich vocabulary, but you can’t shake that feeling of still sounding very Dutch when speaking English. Have you considered that the reason may be your pronunciation? This important part of knowing a language is often overlooked by learners and teachers alike. Eric van Luijt of the Language Center will look into what is meant by pronunciation and you will practice several features of English pronunciation (whether it be British or American), focusing on some common pronunciation errors of Dutch speakers.

Body Percussion (English)

No sticks, drums or bells: for this workshop you only need your own body. Through clapping, stamping and hitting, we’ll generate an amazing beat in no time. The workshop is a lot of fun, energizes and is full of movement and humor. After the warming up, you will build a swinging rhythm together. The end result will certainly surprise you. Clap and stamp with Dununba!

Arabic Delights (English)

No language is as beautiful as Arabic with its 28 consonants, three vowels, its decorative letters without capitals, its enormously big vocabulary and its poetic tradition. The alphabet can be acquired in less than a week but learning to read and write the language is a life time experience. If you join this workshop, Jan Jaap de Ruiter of the Language Center might seduce you to register for a full course later on to learn this beautiful language.

Learn to write ‘Tilburgs’ (Dutch)

Communicating in the local Tilburg dialect is pretty hot nowadays. The spoken variety of ‘Tilburgs’ sounds a little bit like Dutch. But ... the written form is far from easy to master. During the humorous Tilburg Taolklas you will learn how to write ‘Tilburgs’, what the Tilburg spelling rules are and you’ll learn more about the sounds of ‘Tilburgs’ and the origin of typical Tilburg expressions. The workshop is given by expert in ‘Tilburgs’ Nicole de Jong of ‘Tilburgs Taolburoo’.

Dance the Lindy Hop (Dutch)

Enter the Roaring 20s of swing, brass bands, flappers and illegal speakeasy bars. Lindy Hop is an Afro-American inspired swing dance with jazz, tap and Charleston influences. Linda Mous of the Language Center and Simon Verheijden will start with the basic six-count step and will continue with a few variations on it. All eyes will be on you moving on the dancefloor. Some advice: wear sneakers or another kind of flat shoe and registering with a partner is not needed, but of course you can.

Decipher Chinese (English)

The Chinese language is one of most ancient languages in the world with at least six thousand years of history, yet still in use today. Over time some changes were made in the written system, but the principles have remained more or less the same. In this workshop, Wencui Zhou of the Language Center will explain how the Chinese characters were composed and you will create your own Chinese characters and Chinese words. You can even (try to) work on your own Chinese names and discover your Chinese zodiac signs.

Latin America Iconic Characters (English)

In this interactive photography workshop, several Latin American icons who have figured as emblematic references in the construction of the collective imagination will be presented to you. These include the Virgin of Guadalupe, Frida Kahlo, Eva Peron, or Cantinflas and Che Guevara, Pancho Villa, Fidel Castro or Pinochet. Ximena Davalos will challenge you to make your own photographs/portraits based in this 'collective Latin-American imaginary' in a real photo studio with lights and props. With your own camera/mobile phone and different materials, objects and decorations, you will create a scenario and your ultimate 'Latin-American image'.


Impression of the Language and Culture afternoon 2017

Read the report of the Language and Culture afternoon 2017