The BackShop Journal

A Gallery of Thoughts on Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Incarnation, воплощение, Menschwerdung

    The English word "incarnation" has two meanings. The first is "a person who embodies in the flesh a deity, spirit, or quality. Its most common synonyms are "embodiment", "personification", "epitome", or "manifestation". The second is related to each of a series of earthly lifetimes, and it is purely...
  • Words Related to Time Show the Difference between Russian and Anglophone Cultures

    All translators and bilinguals, especially trilinguals and miltilinguals, i.e. polyglots, know that some words are simply untranslatable. A translation of the word exists, but it simply does not convey the specific cultural context of the language one is translating from. This phenomenon became real...
  • Speaking a Foreign Language Makes You Change Your Personality

    Federico Prandi of Babbel, the language-learning electronic platform, says learning English strongly affected his habits, but he thinks he wasn't profoundly changed by it until he moved to Germany. In Berlin, he started speaking and writing ten times more English than he had ever done before. The mo...
  • Children Who Watch American Cartoons Learn to Speak American English Without Accent

    There have always been students of English who were very good at pronunciation, and who could successfully adopt native accents. Occasionally, a young person who liked to listen to English music, watch American films and memorise lines from them could be encountered in classroom. The lack of foreign...
  • Montaigne and the Power of Language

    In his famous Essais, Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) turns away from the discussion about God and faith so common in his day and age and turns to an exposition of his experience and opinions about everyday matters. He attacks presumption and advocates moderation, praises nobility of the soul and at...
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Invisible Wings (India, 2018)
Invisible Wings is a Malayalam short documentary film about a tea-selling globe trotter. Malayalam is one of the languages spoken at the southern tip of Indian peninsula. The documentary won the Best Short Film at Filmfare Awards this year. Deservedly. With little money but a heart full of d...
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