Dumplings at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London.
I am super excited and honored that the good folks at The Mixtape Club asked me to put together a mix for their 4th anniversary. These are really some of my favorite songs: Tropical vibes, chill beats and random tunes. Too Humid Too Dance is streaming for free at the Mixtape Club. I highly recommend to stick around and check some of the other tapes. There’s a lot of beautiful music to be discovered.
You should take a look at the website of Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national rail carrier, to marvel at its famous Denglish creations before it’s too late. The homepage is currently graced by such masterpieces as Rail&Fly, Mein Carsharing and City-Fahrräder. But enough is enough and Deutsche Bahn is finally saying no, I mean nein, to such linguistic abuses. From now on, all Anglicisms are to be replaced by proper German terms if possible. Critics of this move call it misguided since language changes over time. True, language does change over time, but it does so collectively through society, often subconsciously. Denglish, on the other hand, replaces perfectly adequate German words without much sense and thought, usually at the hand of marketing agencies. Personally, I think this move is long overdue.
As the world is getting more homogeneous, we need initiatives that preserve the uniqueness of places and cultures. At the same time, we should wholeheartedly embrace bilingualism. English is already emerging as our lingua franca – why not make it official? Instead of peppering languages with random English terms, lets keep and cultivate our mother tongue alongside proper English. It works at airports; it would work everywhere else too. Globalization is not a zero sum game and it is entirely possible to become more connected while celebrating our differences.
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