French Basics - Pronounce the Vowel Blends Plus the Letters 'F - FL - FR'
This video offers the correct way to say the combination/blend of vowels plus the letter 'F' and the digraph 'FL' and 'FR'. (05:09) Each blend/combination is said once while the narrator pauses for you to repeat. (Perhaps the video might be better served if it showed an example of a word with the blend, rather than just the blend itself.)
French Basics - How to Pronounce the Vowel Blends Plus the Letters 'G'/'GR'
This video offers the correct way to say the combination/blend of vowels plus the letter 'D' and the digraph 'DR'. (03:26) Each blend/combination is said once while the narrator pauses for you to repeat. (Perhaps the video might be better served if it showed an example of a word with the blend, rather than just the blend itself.)
The Aztec - A Culture of Art and Death
In this Ancient Mysteries video clip we learn about the Aztec empire. Their capital city, Tenochtitlan, was one of the biggest of its time. The culture made many new innovations, such as the calendar. However, sacrifice also played a large role. Run time 03:40.
Aztec History and Culture
The Aztecs developed their own mythology, writing system, trade, and cities before the arrival of conquistador Hernán Cortes in 1519. This is an excellent ten minute video that deal with the history and culture of the Aztecs.
035 Special Exhibition: Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution
Curators Ian Wardropper and James David Draper describe The French Parnassus, an extraordinary bronze sculpture featured in the special exhibition "Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution," on view at the Met February 24 through May 25, 2009.
James T. Demetrion Lecture: Simon Schama on The Beast in Contemporary Art
If all figurative art approaches taxidermy in its crafty fixing of vitality, British contemporary artists have taken on board the conceit with striking compulsiveness. From Damien Hirst's sharks and sheep to Mark Wallinger's pedigree racehorses, sleekness and slaughter seem to be their thing. So what are they getting at and why should we care? Simon Schama, professor of art history and history at Columbia Univers
Smithsonian Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Art Conservation
Latex, chocolate, soap, and video game software are just a few of the non-traditional materials that have inspired contemporary artists. While they embrace the modern, synthetic and technologically advanced world in which we live, some of materials present significant conservation problems for museum conservators. Gwynne Ryan, a conservator at the Smithsonian's
Friday Gallery Talk: National Gallery's Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Molly Donov
National Gallery's Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Molly Donovan on Kimsooja's "A Laundry Woman, Yamuna River, Delhi."
11. The Pizza Olympic Games (Culture Shot)
Learn Italian with our eleventh Culture Shot, inspired by an email that we received about a week ago from Laura. She lives in New Zealand and a while ago she met a cool Italian pizza maker. His dream? To participate to the Pizza Olympic Games! "I thought he was kidding", says Laura, "but he [...]
12. The Third Palio (Culture Shot)
Learn Italian with Culture Shot! Today we'll talk about one of the most spectacular events in Italy: Il Palio di Siena! Kane from England sent us a nice email a few days ago - in the email, Kane says "every year I go to Siena to see il Palio, and I feel it is one [...]
13. My Beautiful Bologna (Culture Shot)
Learn Italian with Culture Shot! "Too many people, when they think of Italy, think only of Tuscany, Venice and Rome", says our loyal listener and friend Garret on an email we've received a few days ago, and he goes on: "How about a series of culture shots that explore the culture of the less well-known [...]
14. Brava Gondoliera! (Culture Shot)
Learn how to speak Italian with Culture Shot! Today's episode is about the end of a thousand-year-old Italian tradition. Our friend and listener William emailed us a very interesting article about it -- we are not going to spoil the surprise and tell you what it is before reading the story -- let's just say [...]
15. Cone or Cup? (Culture Shot)
Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! Today's episode is all about... il gelato Italiano! Ice cream represents all over the world one of the most famous Italian traditions. Moreover, summer is almost here, and with summer, at least in Italy, it's "gelato primetime"! What's better than a good ice-cream to begin the summer season? Let's learn all [...]
16. Knock on Wood (Culture Shot)
Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod! - "Are Italians superstitious?" That is the question posed by Jeff, one of LearnItalianPod subscribers, on a lovely email that he sent in a few days ago. Dear Jeff, we can certainly say that Italians are, for the most part, extremely superstitious. Today's episode is all about a few of the [...]
17. Spaghetti On A Stamp (Culture Shot)
Learn Italian with Culture Shot! "But are spaghetti or not the most famous type of pasta? - And why do Italians like their pasta 'al dente'?" - These are the questions posed by Angela, one of LearnItalianPod's subscriber. Well Angela, just listen to today's story to find out how famous spaghetti have become over [...]
18. An Italian Vacation (Culture Shot)
Learn Italian with Culture Shot! Michele, one of LearnItalianPod's subscribers, feels he's finally ready to take a vacation to Italy! He asks: "When do Italians go on vacation? - and where do they go?" - Well Mike, most of Italians go on vacation in August, and they love the beach, the sun, and the sea! [...]
19. Telling A Joke (Culture Shot)
Learn how to speak Italian with LearnItalianPod.com! "But is it true that Italians love very much telling jokes to entertain their guests and friends? - And who's this "Pierino", protagonist of so many Italian jokes?" These are the questions posed by Michelle, one of LearnItalianPod's subscribers. She says she went to Italy, enjoyed every minute [...]
20. Crazy for Limoncello! (Culture Shot)
Learn how to speak Italian with our twentieth Culture Shot! Our friend Elliott from Australia sent us a nice email, all in italian (great job, Elliott!). At some point he says that one of the best drinks he has tasted in Italy is a liquor, usually served after meals, that is called limoncello. He also [...]
21. Goodbye, Luciano (Culture Shot)
Learn how to speak Italian fast and easily! In this episode, Jane and Massimo would like to pay tribute to the late great Luciano Pavarotti. Luciano has represented worldwide the tradition and the art of Italian singing, and has been considered by many "l'ambasciatore della cultura e della musica italiana" (the ambassador of Italian culture [...]
22. Double The Consonant! (Culture Shot)
In this episode we'll talk about something that's very specific to the Italian language, that is, the pronunciation of double consonants. We'll see how to avoid some funny mistakes people can do if they don't pay attention to it. And, to make it "stick", we're going to use rhymes and a little bit of poetry, [...]