Jake Beniflah: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
0:20 squishy being soft, yielding, not form or fixed
0:50 How his family came to the United States The unusual story of pursuing
1:34 The origin of "Beniflah" What Jake's last name means
2:19 the Inquisition The church court of the Inquisition, as established in Spain in the late fifteenth century
2:24 Sephardic Spanish Jews (who fled Spain to Morocco)
3:01 acculturative stress A reduction in health status of individuals who are undergoing acculturation, coming into a new culture
3:36 put 2 and 2 together to understand something by using the information you already have
4:16 price disparity where goods have higher costs in a foreign market than in the domestic market due to transportation and exporting costs
4:37 DMV department of motor vehicles (DMV) is a state-level government agency that administers vehicle registration and driver licensing
4:52 from ground zero the central point in an area of fast change or intense activity
6:12 idioms a groupd of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of individual words
8:18 Creating the Center for Multicultrual Science The mission for the center
8:40 dissertation chair A champion of the doctoral student's cause
9:20 think tank a body of experts providing advice and ideas on specific political or economic problems
9:44 depict accurately representation in image form
9:59 research paradigm a "worldview" or set of assumptions about how things work
10:34 connecting the dots a form of puzzle containing a sequence of events or numbered dots
10:51 academia is snooty showing disapproval or contempt toward others, especially those considered to belong to a lower social class
11:10 Looking into research findings the vision of challenging the paradigm
11:23 challenging the paradigm example, pattern, especially an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype.
13:17 oversimplifications simplify something so much that a distorted impression
14:49 Touching Story Jake's father and his culture
15:08 pancreatic cancer a disease in which cancerous cells form in the tissues of the pancreas

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.