October 20

Breakfast Around the World




EAL food blog China, Nina 10th Grade

image (1) South Korea, So-Eun 9th Grade

In a Brazilian breakfast there’s usually ham and cheese, orange juice, yogurt that we call danoninho, nescau that is powdered chocolate, powdered milk, requeijão, bread that we call bisnaginha and sometimes pão de queijo.

image1  Brazil, Gabi 7th Grade.

IMG_3920-2 China, Ziyi 12th Grade

natalie USA, Ms. Standig

photo (4) Laetitia 9th Grade


www.ungdomma.no Norway, Embla 10th Grade

фото Russia, Olya 9th Grade


照片 China, Christy 9th Grade

becca China, Ms. Singer

ảnh Vietnam, Lam Ha 10th Grade

Japanese food is often said to be healthy. In my opinion, the reason is that Japanese people always care about the balance of meals. We are taught how to balance our meals at school. This picture is an example of my breakfast.

First, the main dish is in the middle of the picture. I had sunny-side egg, ham, and salad. Egg and salad are the source of vitamin and mineral. And ham is the source of protein. Vitamin and mineral make us in good condition, while protein make our body.

Second, rice is on the left of the picture. This is boiled rice mixed with meat and vegetables. Rice is the source of carbohydrate. This makes our power and energy.

Third, miso soup and Japanese green tea is on the right. Miso is rich in iron, and green tea has a lot of catechin. Catechin is an antibacterial substance. We often drink these every day.

As you can see, we, Japanese people, care about our everyday meals very much. The nutrients above, vitamin mineral protein and carbohydrate, and lipid are called “five components nutrient”. We try to lack none of them in each meal. This must be the reason why Japanese food is healthy and popular among the world.

IMG_0298 Japan, Ken 11th Grade

The Japanese breakfast often based on white rice with some side dish. This from of breakfast is good for health and it is prefferd by all ages. I ate white rice, Miso-soup, baked salmon, rolled egg, Natto, yellow pickled radish and spinach with mushrooms. However, it takes time to prepare breakfast, so I usually eats a riceball with a side dish.
DSC_0045 Japan, Aru 11th Grade

IMG_0117 China, Yunfei 11th Grade

For my breakfast this Sunday I ate a sandwich with hagelslag, hagelslag is a typical Dutch way to eat breakfast. Hagelslag are chocolate sprinkles that you can sprinkle on top of your sandwich. There are many different flavors; there are pure chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate, mixed. All sorts of different mixes, they aren’t made to eat it every single day because chocolate on your sandwich is not particularly
150292916_a79fdaa8ba_z Netherlands, Dawn 10th Grade

Thelmas breakfast France, Thelma 8th Grade

MK's Breakfast South Korea, MK 6th Grade

Solal Breakfast France, Solal 5th Grade

Emilia Breakfast Norway, Emilia 5th Grade

20141018_183758 South Korea, Scott 10th Grade

EAL brazilian Breakfast – Small – by Arthur 8th Grade

image1 Brazil, Christian 10th Grade

IMG_3302  Italy, Riccardo 9th Grade

image1 (1) Julien 10th Grade

This is the traditional Japanese style breakfast.! For me, eating this much from the morning is too much, and also I don’t have much time to cook in the morning, so I don’t eat it often. However, it contains a lot of energy source you need in a day,and also it is very healthy and delicious.
maya Japan, Maya 9th Grade

October 17

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October 14

Untranslatable Words

Ever try to translate a word directly into English, but couldn’t? Well maybe that’s because it doesn’t exist! Check out these untranslatable words that have no single word in English. MOTTAINAI: Japanese Mottainai is often translated as “wasteful” in English, but it is not enough. Mottainai also has a meaning of “be too good for someone.” We, Japanese people, always respect things we use especially food and regret a lot when we waste them. Mottainai reflects those feelings. Wangari Maathai, an environmental activist, was the first person that recognized the value of the word “Mottainai.” She proposed 3R+R, reduce reuse recycle and respect, as “MOTTAINAI concept.” MOTTAINAI, showing respect to every single earth resource, would be a hint about environmental issues. MOTTAINAIKentaro 11th Grade IMG_3032 (1) Nina 10th Grade   Saudade: The feeling of missing someone or something. It is also feeling of nostalgia. You can have left your friend even an hour ago – this is the word used in Portuguese to describe this emotion. IMG_0611 Gabi 7th Grade IMG_2772 Julien 10th Grade photo 1 (5) Yunfei 11th Grade ZIyi use Ziyi 12th Grade   Kristys students post_Page_6Emilia 5th Grade Untranslatable Words2_Page_2  Thelma 8th Grade Untranslatable Words2_Page_1Arthur 8th Grade Kristys students post_Page_7Solal 5th Grade Kristys students post_Page_5 Maria 4th Grade Kristys students post_Page_1 Paula 4th Grade Kristys students post_Page_2 Jacabo 4th Grade Kristys students post_Page_3MK 6th Grade Kristys students post_Page_4 Enzo 5th Grade

I chose the word “ostehøvel” because this is a very common thing to have in Norway, but almost no one in america uses it. It is a devise that helps you cut chess into thin pieces, and it is a very typical norwegian thing. You can buy then some places in New York but they are hard to find, so we actually brought ours with us when we left.
 Embla 10th Grade

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 2.43.13 PM​ Aru 11th Grade Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 11.16.36 AM Junior 8th Grade Y-Lan post Y-Lan 6th Grade

IMG_0629Maria 8th Grade

IMG_0630Riccardo 9th Grade

IMG_0631 Christy 9th Grade

IMG_0632Laetitia 9th Grade

IMG_0633Kevin 8th Grade

Untranslatable Words _Page_2 Lam Ha 10th Grade

GezelligDawn 10th Grade


Untranslatable Words _Page_1 Maya 9th Grade

So-EunSo-Eun 9th Grade

October 6

Does speaking a new language give you a new identity?

I think that speaking a new language, such as English, gives me a new identity for several reasons. When I first learnt English, I had to start with the a b c alphabet like what five or six year-old kids learn. And when I come to America, an English speaking country, to study, I have new cultural and behavior identity. For example, in Vietnam, my home country, we do not often say sorry, excuse me or thank you. But when I came to America, I noticed that they often do so and those words are like their adage mouth. Or when Americans meet other people, they often greet each other by saying hi and asking how are you, how are you doing. I was very surprise at first and did not know if my answers were correct and sounded good or not. However, after living in America for about one year, I got used to it and now I also do those things all the time.

When I came to America, I think that the things that have been the hardest to adjust to are my mother language and my learning habits. I still remember the day I went to school in America. It was the first time I had gone to school by myself, without knowing anyone and no one spoke Vietnamese with me. It felt like I came to an uninhabited island, everything I knew was just me. I was shaking, scared and not comfortable to use English to ask where to go as I looked around to find my class. Seven years of taking English classes in Vietnam, and I still felt shy and could not express what I wanted to say. But because I could only speak English to others, my English improved a lot and and I feel more confident now.  Although I have to live far from my family members and all my friends in Vietnam, now I am more mature, independent and more responsible. Even when I came back to Vietnam this summer, everyone said that I have grown up and look more like an adult than last year.

That is how living in an English speaking country gives me new cultural and behavior identity.

-Lam Ha


In my opinion speaking a new language does not give you a new identity, it affects your identity in a way that it extends you identity and your knowledge of other languages and cultures, however you will still have your same identity just a little bit extra. Once you learn a new language, you also learn a bit about the country and the way they live. In this way it changes your identity. I think to a small extend it is true, that speaking a new language gives you a new identity, you learn how to express your feelings in different languages. I can express some feelings better in Dutch and some better in English, I feel like since I moved my identity changed and I changed as a person. Once you learn a new language it will affect you and it will change you but at the end you are still the same person, with the same identity.

By Dawn Adv. 10th gr