4. Advent

The 4th Advent is the fourth and final Sunday before Christmas. It marks the conclusion of the Advent season and the imminent arrival of the Christmas celebration. Traditionally, the fourth candle on the Advent wreath is lit on this day. This candle symbolizes hope and serves as a reminder that the arrival of Christ is near.

Le 4ème dimanche de l’Avent est le quatrième et dernier dimanche avant Noël. Il marque la fin du temps de l’Avent et l’approche imminente de la célébration de Noël. Traditionnellement, ce jour-là, la quatrième bougie de la couronne de l’Avent est allumée. Cette bougie symbolise l’espoir et rappelle que l’arrivée du Christ est proche.

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3. Advent

The third Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday, is the third Sunday before Christmas. It emphasizes the anticipation of the upcoming celebration. In many traditions, this day represents joy and rejoicing, hence the name ‹Gaudete,› which means ‹Rejoice!› in Latin. A pink candle is lit on the Advent wreath to symbolize this joy.

Le troisième dimanche de l’Avent, également connu sous le nom de dimanche Gaudete, est le troisième dimanche avant Noël. Il met en avant l’anticipation de la prochaine célébration. Dans de nombreuses traditions, cette journée représente la joie et la réjouissance, d’où le nom ‹Gaudete›, qui signifie ‹Réjouissez-vous !› en latin. Une bougie rose est allumée sur la couronne de l’Avent pour symboliser cette joie.

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Having not enough time for learning?

Not having enough time to learn is an often-used excuse related to learning a second language. But honestly, that’s a flimsy excuse. Of course, it takes time to attend a language course, and it can occasionally happen that we have a busy time and limited free time. It’s ok to use this time for other tasks. But how much time do we spend doing nothing?

  • Why do we not listen to a podcast instead of the radio while driving to work?
  • Why not use a flashcard app to learn vocabulary while we’re on the toilet?
  • Why not try cooking something according to a recipe in the language you’re learning?
  • Why not watch a movie in your learning language with subtitles?
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2. Advent

Le deuxième dimanche de l’Avent symbolise souvent la préparation à l’arrivée du Christ et représente l’amour ou l’allumage de la ‹bougie de l’amour› sur la couronne de l’Avent.

The second Advent often symbolizes the preparation for the arrival of Christ and represents love or the lighting of the ‹love candle› on the Advent wreath.»

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Language learning is more than learning vocabulary

Learning a language is often connected with learning vocabulary and grammar. But in reality, it is about much more. Of course, technically, it will work, but one crucial part still needs to be included.

It is probably much easier to learn a language with knowledge of the culture of the language or if you have the curiosity to look a little deeper into its background. This also leads to a deeper understanding of each other. Why is someone saying, «Can you open the light» instead of «Can you turn on the light»?

I have always wondered why Filipinos make this «mistake». It took me some time to discover that the Tagalog word «buksan» is used for both opening something and turning on something.

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1. Advent

The current form of Advent dates back to the 7th century when Pope Gregory specified the number of Sundays from six to four. The number four illustrates the four thousand years that, according to church history, people had to wait for the Savior in paradise after the Fall.


La forme actuelle de l’Avent remonte au VIIe siècle lorsque le pape Grégoire a spécifié le nombre de dimanches de six à quatre. Le chiffre quatre illustre les quatre mille ans que, selon l’histoire de l’Église, les gens ont dû attendre le Sauveur au paradis après la Chute.

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Mission Starship: uncompleted

Today was the Starship’s second launch, the world’s most giant rocket. The mission goal was clear: Recovery of the main stage with a partial orbit of the earth and splashdown of the Starship near Hawaii. Even though the main stage exploded after the separation from the Starship, which was demolished a few minutes later, space fans celebrated the mission as a success. Was it a success?

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