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Connecting with Heritage through Language

Published: February 12, 2019

This is generally one of the first questions I am asked when people find out I speak French. They seem surprised I didn’t choose a more common language in my area, like Spanish. They are even more surprised by my answer - “Because I’m Lebanese.”

Warak-anab: Lebanese Stuffed Grape Leaves

Published: January 7, 2019

At the center of my Lebanses family gatherings you will always find several large platters of home-cooked Lebanese food: Tabouleh, Kibbeh, Spinach Pies, Lubneh, Loobyeh. But most of all, what you’ll see on everyone’s plate is Stuffed Grape Leaves, or Warak-anab.

There are many varieties depending on regions and culinary traditions, but here’s my family’s recipe…

Haitian Pumpkin Soup: A Symbol of Haitian Independence

Published: December 16, 2018

January 1st 2019 will mark 215 years of the independence of Haiti…Therefore every year on January 1st, it is common in almost all Haitian households around the world to celebrate the liberty of Haitians with the pleasant traditional dish: pumpkin soup.

Je m’appelle Lénie. Mwen rele Lénie.

Published: December 16, 2018

As a francophone, I was fortunate last summer to be a counselor (J-1 Exchange Visitor) at both French Language Villages: Hackensack and Bemidji. French is my second language, which I have been speaking all my life as well Haitian Creole; but for the first time in my whole existence, I was inspired by how we could also live the language and enjoy it…

Five Summers at Lac du Bois (a college entrance essay)

Published: November 27, 2018

Concordia Language Villages uses full immersion to help villagers have an experience in language and culture and to create courageous global citizens. I attended CLV for five years. Each of the five summers I was with CLV sparked a different period of personal growth within me.

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