Backstage at my first Georgian dance concert

October 26, 2013
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I pulled off my warm fleeces and slipped into the traditional parikaoba shirt. It was too big for me. I glanced at the faded tag: it once belonged to someone Lasha. A few boys tried to get a fire going in a rusty petchi (i.e. a small tin wood stove balancing on wobbly legs), making […]

What I’d find difficult about English

October 5, 2013
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English is a peculiar language, being an amalgam of Old Norse, Germanic languages, and French from the Middle Ages and further back. While teaching English I’ve encountered many difficulties explaining certain grammar and pronunciation concepts. Often it’s simple to explain a rule or an exception to a rule, but when a student asks for a […]

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Love for a place

October 4, 2013
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In my first post of the new school year I’d like to introduce myself. My name’s Matthew Pizza. I’ve been with TLG since October, 2011. Starting this month I’ll be managing this blog, which entails editing posts, directing content, communicating with contributors, and writing lots of posts. I look forward to providing a range of content, […]

The Origin of the Georgian Alphabet

October 1, 2013
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The origin of Georgia’s unique alphabet is controversial. Whereas the Greek and Latin alphabets are the results of slow and gradual transformations of older scripts (rather than deliberate creations), the Georgian alphabet shows up in history out of nowhere. This makes it plausible that it was invented, either by one person or several. So the […]

Georgia’s fiery water

September 25, 2013
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Almost every country has a signature drink that can be divided into one of two categories. First, it can be smooth and pleasing to the palate, appealing to the senses and tasting delicious. Second, it can take your breath away, leaving you gasping for air and your esophagus feeling like it’s been burned by a […]

Interview with Dato Tsomaia, Georgian Rock Star

September 24, 2013
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Through a Georgian friend I met Dato Tsomaia, the drummer from the popular band LOUDspeakers. The band has a new wave indie sound with deep, dark undertones. Think Interpol-meets-Joy Division. I wanted to find out his thoughts on the Tbilisi music scene. Dato speaks English fluently and provided all the answers himself. Interviewer: Please introduce […]

Get Out of Kazbegi

May 23, 2013
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With the numerous vacation days in early May and the fast approach of summer many volunteers will be traveling throughout Georgia. Batumi, Svaneti, and Kazbegi are top locations for everyone’s itineraries. I’ll provide a description of the last one, and why you should get out of Kazbegi to explore the lesser known routes around the […]