Wednesday, October 24, 2012
On the fruit & veg side of things... We'll very likely do some tasting in the coming week or so. Are there any fruits or vegetables that you have never tried that you're curious about? Some vegetables that might be a bit less common (but I know I can get pretty easily...) might be some of the root vegetables (rutabaga, parsnip, turnip), or some different varieties of potato, or some different types of greens... On the fruit side, some of the less-typical citrus fruits, or unique berries...
Basically, if there's a fruit or vegetable (broadly defined) that you've always wondered about, let me know, we might use that as part of an in-class tasting, and you can have a new and exciting experience.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Exam 2 (and all of your exams in BCBT 100) will be a multiple choice exam. The practice questions I posted do not have "multiple choice" answers included with them because when you are studying for the exam I want you to be thinking about the substance of the questions and topics, not just picking the correct answer out of a list of 4 or 5 options. Good luck and let me know if you have other questions.
(I'll post answer to the practice questions some time late today or tomorrow, make sure you look at the questions and try to formulate a response BEFORE you check the answers.)
Friday, October 19, 2012
Related to this, someone pointed out a pronunciation I slipped up on in class yesterday... I have a very basic understanding of German, and in reading what was written on my slide while I was talking and thinking about what was coming up, I did a really bad job on the word "kuchen". It is absolutely NOT pronounced "koo-chin"... The typical American English "ch" pronunciation is generated almost entirely in the front of the mouth with the tongue and the teeth (it's a more "dental" sound), whereas the "ch" in "kuchen" is generated in the back of the mouth and throat, almost as if you're pronouncing a "hard c" and an "h" at the same time, a little like the "ch" in "chalazae" or "Bach". When this German "ch" is in the middle of a word, it is often pronounced almost like a "g", but a little farther back in the mouth/throat.
The biomechanics of linguistics is really pretty fascinating, and if you think about just how the sound of different letters and words are produced in the mouth, it's fun to experiment. Most people don't think about the way tongue, teeth, lips, cheeks, throat and lungs interact to do something as "simple" as speaking, if this is something you're really interested in you should check out the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences department at MSUM.