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For the week of March 21, 2016

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Balneário Camboriú, Santa Catarina, Brazil by Felipe Amaro
Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,
The LCLC wishes you all a relaxing Spring Break! The LCLC will be closed this week, but we are happy to answer any questions by email -
Don't forget to register for the Chicago Language Symposium by APRIL 1! LCSL faculty, staff, and graduate students attend free. Featuring presentations by LCSL faculty and graduate students - Dr. Susanne Rott, Anci Cao, Silvia Fortuna Dias, Victoria Derevyanskaya, and Tetyana Dzyadevych. Symposium dates: April 15-16. See the schedule here: Register by April 1: Contact lclc@uic (or your BLP director if you teach in the BLP to get the code for free registration).
There will be no workshop or drop-in hours this week.

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

From the archives 

"All the words in the world. Pronounced" - Forvo
Forvo ( is a website offering a huge database of word pronunciations in most every language from all over the world. All languages taught in the LCSL are represented on Forvo, including Korean, Protuguese, Russian, Arabic, Latin, and Greek! Instead of wading through a recording of a dialogue or whole vocab list commonly used in textbooks, with Forvo, you can listen to individual words and expressions at their own pace. Simply search for the word you're looking for, pick your language and listen. You can also contribute to the project by pronouncing words in your native language.

A word that's tricky in many languages... squirrel. In English, German, Greek, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Spanish.

UIC LCLC Facebook and Twitter! Encourage your students and colleagues to check out the UIC Language and Culture Learning Center Facebook page and Twitter feed. Stay up-to-date with LCLC happenings--promoting our pages is a good way to ensure your students know about your conversation hour or film series.

We also encourage you and your students to participate in our weekly events in 308 Grant Hall, listed below and on our calendar: All events at the LCLC are free and open to students of all levels. To request 308 for your cultural event, click here.


There will be no conversation hours this week.
The schedule below is for the week of March 28th.


All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills.

Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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Russian, 12-1
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ASL, *April 5*
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German, 12-1
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Italian Club, 1-2
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Ukrainian, 11-12
Yiddish in Yiddish
Yiddish, *April 4*
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Polish, 1-2
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Greek, 1-2
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French, 12-1
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Spanish, 2-3
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Italian, 2-3
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Japanese, 4-5 

Scroll down to see our featured Cultural Events in the Chicago area, and if you know of an event you think would fit, please send it to us by 9AM on Friday mornings and we'll include it in our Monday newsletter.

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International Films in 308 Grant Hall: Week of March 21st

All films are sub-titled in English.

All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend all films! Here's the complete calendar for films and conversation hours.

If you'd like to host an event, please use these forms. Note the different links at that page for different types of events.

There will be no films during Spring Break.

Next week's International Films: Week of March 28th

flag of GermanyTUESDAY, March 29th, 3:00-5:00 PM

Wir sind jung. wir sind stark (2014) We Are Young. We Are Strong.

On 24th August 1992 in the eastern German city of Rostock a rampaging mob, to the applause and cheering of more than 3,000 bystanders, besieged and set fire to a residential building containing, among others, more than 120 Vietnamese men, women and children on what has since become known as "The Night of the Fire." The riots became a symbol for xenophobia in the just recently reunited Germany. This film recounts the incident from the perspectives of three very different characters.

flag of FranceWEDNESDAY. March 30th, 3:00-5:00 PM

United Passions (2014)

Follows the passing of the FIFA baton through three association presidents: Jules Rimet, Joao Havelange, and Sepp Blatter.

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Bariera (1966) Barrier

A rebellious student wants to get total independence and overcome all the barriers in his life: of money, age, status, cults and conventions. However, he meets a girl with completely different ideals.

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Stilyagi (2008) Hipsters

While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity.

Cultural Events in the City

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19th Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to our 19th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival. It’s your ticket to experiencing the creativity and vibrant cultures of all twenty-eight EU nations from the comfort of your theater seat. Chicago premieres of 62 new features distinguish this largest showcase in North America for cinema from European Union nations.
Fee: per film $11, students $7, member $6
Location: 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601
Click here for more information.


flag of JapanFRIDAY, March 25th, 7:00 PM

White Day Yakinuku and Karaoke 2016

Come celebrate White Day - the day in Japan for men to give gifts (typically white chocolate or marshmallows) to their counterparts to show appreciation for the Valentine's Day gifts given that year - at San Soo Gab San, a delicious Korean-style yakiniku restaurant in Lincoln Square followed by karaoke.
Fee:Dinner: $25, Karaoke: $10
Location:Dinner: San Soo Gab San, 5247 N. Western Ave., Chicago IL 60625 
               Karaoke: SingSing Karaoke Restaurant, 6248 N. California Ave., Chicago IL 60659
Click here for more information.

Next week's Cultural Events 28-43

Spanish nWEDNESDAY, March 30th, 8:30-10:30 PM

Uxia & Narf 2016 U.S. Tour in Chicago

Uxia and Narf are touring the U.S. together for the first time, performing their acclaimed Bladas da Galiza imaxinaria program. Their joint musical project features classics from both musicians.
Fee: Free
Location: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago IL 60625
Click here for more information.

flag of FranceTHURSDAY, March 31st, 6:30 PM

Festival de la Francophonie: Soirée Roumanie

Learn to cook like a Romanian! Au menu...a demonstration and degustation of the best Romanian cuisine!
Fee: Free
Location: Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60654
Click here for more information.

flag of GreeceSUNDAY, April 3rd, 2:00-3:00 PM

Tour and Craft for Families

Join us every Sunday at 2PM for a tour and craft for ages 6 and up. Tour themes and crafts rotate to include all current exhibitions. No reservation is required.
Fee: Free with Museum Addmission - Adults: $10, Seniors: $8, Students: $8, Members: Free
Location: The National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St., Chicago IL 60661
Click here for more information.