.txt’s blog

a place to celebrate and talk on the beauty and challenges of cultural, linguistic and personal diversity.

What does the cow say in Lebanon? – the Arabic language

It is said that “Arabic language is like a beautiful woman who needs no makeup to look as elegant as a swan in the Lebanese Bnachii lake”. In Al-Dhad language, where harmony and beauty are both present in Calligraphy, Semantics and Phonetic Distinction, what on earth do animals say? Salah explains it all. There are […]

Pardon my French! – expressions étrangères

Certaines expressions étrangères nous laissent parfois pantois, même lorsque nous sommes persuadés de connaître une langue sur le bout des doigts. Julia, notre traductrice française qui explore les différents continents tout au long de l’année, partage ici quelques anecdotes rigolotes, nous montrant ainsi que les mots les plus simples renferment parfois de grands secrets. J’ai […]

Miraculous discovery of Sri Lankan traditional medicine

All adventurous travelers seek to escape their everyday reality and get swept off their feet by the unusual and the exotic—but sometimes it happens in ways they don’t expect. For example, when you’re having a perfect day at the beach and some unknown creature decides to sting your foot, which starts swelling up like a […]

That time I made peace with myself at last—in front of a plate of pasta

For some of us, accepting who we are and where we came from is the struggle of a lifetime. Eddie tells us how learning to make homemade pasta can unexpectedly become a rite of passage—and acceptance. Abruzzo is a strong land. Rugged. Towering. It’s the kind of place you see in those car commercials that […]

Why porous borders give birth to multiple identities

‘Border’ is, without a doubt, one of the defining words of our times. In this article, Giustina shares another vision of what borders could be, seeing them as fascinating windows towards the unknown, and mirrors in which one can see the contradictions on both sides. Most people think of a border as something that closes […]

When you’re face to face with a whale shark, does anything still matter?

There are many ways to leap into the unknown: quitting your job, facing an empty piece of paper with a pen, starting a long journey without a precise plan. In this vibrant tale, Eddie tell us about his own leap, trying to put into words a life-changing experience with a whale shark in the Philippines—an […]

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