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(photo credit:  Rene D. Caputo)

March Madness is in the air around the country ~ and definitely here in North Carolina. Many fans are watching collegiate basketball as teams compete to be national champion. Just around the bend, the men’s and women’s tournaments will hold games featuring their Final Four teams on April 1, 2, and 3.

Another sure sign that spring has arrived in our corner of the word? Pollen’s in the air, on trees, cars, our hair, and everywhere. Clouds of yellow dust are floating through the air. The rain thankfully knocks that yellow to the ground now and then.

In addition to basketball and pollen, March and April bring the New Year to some cultures. If you are celebrating in this season, we wish you the best in your new year.

And April Fool’s Day is just around the corner. Be ready for some silly pranks on the first of April. In France, the day is known as Poission d’avril, or April Fish. Children there apparently sometimes tape a paper fish to the back of their friends’ clothes…a bit of lightheartedness in the midst of other seriousness.

Join in our international conversation gathering this Thursday. We tend to cover the spectrum from silly to serious as the hour goes by. We’ll be in the Bryan Center’s Griffith Board room starting at 12:30. See you there!

~ Rene D. Caputo, Duke University ESL Specialist

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Happy Friday  and April Fool’s Day

In our International Conversation Café yesterday, one of the topics we discussed was April Fool’s Day.  Several participants said that people in their homelands play pranks on April 1st ~ and we learned that in Peru, similar silliness does occur, but on December 28th.

We watched the flying penguins here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrxmpihCjqw.    If you enjoy that, you might want to take a look at this short “making of ” video as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzhDsojoqk8&feature=related

We also viewed this classic video about spaghetti trees; it was lunchtime, after all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27ugSKW4-QQ.This background about  how viewers reacted to that story is interesting, as it reveals that spaghetti was not a particularly common food  in Great Britain at the time. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/witness/april/1/newsid_4362000/4362667.stm

On a less silly note, we are thinking positive thoughts for those affected by the tsunami, earthquakes, and other major events around the globe.  My mother has many relatives in Japan (as of course do I) and I have many former students there as well.

Join us on Thursday for the International Conversation Café:  Bryan Center Meeting Room B, 12:30 to 1:30!

Beth and I look forward to seeing you there,

Rene

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