Tag Archives: extracurricular

Word Nerd: Do you speak Latin? Yes, you do!

27 May

If I were to say to you, “She recruits students for the university on a pro bono basis,” would you realise that I’d spoken almost as much Latin as English? Although Latin’s use is itself limited, for instance to the Catholic Church, and certain military organisations, like the US Marine Corps, its influence on English […]

Are you a serious word nerd? Here are 7 signs that give it away

13 May

BrainGain Magazine started this Word Nerd series in March 2016. Since then we’ve written about Americanisms, the secrets to writing a good sentence, to best way to insult someone, accents, and other oddities of this common language we speak. For this edition, we thought about the series itself, and its name. We thought too about […]

“I wouldn’t change my study abroad experience for any other”: The story of a German student in France

1 May

Anke Wright at a tour organized by her company. Anke Wright is a German whose life has an interesting French twist. She chose to learn French, and later study in France, when most of her classmates were choosing to learn English and flocking to Anglophone countries. Anke went on to marry a Frenchman and start […]

Changemakers: How a novice educator is taking The Lede in inspiring low income students to learn again

29 Mar

By Rayana Kalra Dedicated and supportive teachers have shaped my life. Now its my turn to spark that creativity in others. From my 4th grade English teacher, Mr. Ahuja who converted an apathetic pre-teen into a budding writer, to my 11th grade IB HL Drama teacher who has taught me to use my emotions to […]

Changemakers: Rethinking Sex Education in India with Reproductown

22 Mar

Tired of our teachers’ embarrassment, fed up of the birds and bees narrative, we decided to take matters in our own hands. Sex education is India’s Achilles heel.   In an education system that has always prioritized numerical investigation and engineering studies, public health has often been overlooked. Despite the importance of sex education, people […]

Changemakers: How one teen’s love for reading is starting a literary movement in Delhi

15 Mar

By Rajveer Sardana It struck me as unjust that these stories weren’t available in Hindi. That their magic was lost for some children because of the circumstances of their birth. Little faces stare up at me, bursting into cries and requests “One more story bhaiya! Please!”” I cannot resist them. I reach into my backpack […]

Changemakers: Taking an idea and making it real with Kick It!

12 Oct

Kick It

By Ananya Goel and Aaddya Dubey “Come on, Babita, forward, forward, pass it to Sita, she’s open! Good job! Sita, go left, go left, pass it back to Babita… Yesssss, Gooooal!!!” Photo courtesy: Kick It! Not only did Babita score her 3rd goal of the match, with 3 minutes remaining, but it was definitely the […]

7 posh French phrases that are now popular in English

8 Oct

Author: Pratibha Alagh What if we told you English belongs to same language family as Dutch – Germanic, but that it has more features in common with French, an offspring of the Romance languages? Strange, right? But, when it comes to languages, it’s not all about the roots. What is at play is another very […]

Changemakers: How FlyUnder is rebuilding life under flyovers

21 Sep

A sprawling market, a spacious school, a magnificent palace: there is a mini-universe under construction, a community being built, a microcosm coming to life. There is space for everyone; everyone is accounted for, everybody co-exists. However, this is merely a scene from one of the sessions conducted by our social initiative, Flyunder. In reality, we […]

Changemakers: How I pledged to solve the poverty problem

6 Sep

    Solve. That is all I have ever wanted to do. I grew up breaking down math problems, figuring out strategy on the badminton court, analyzing data from reports. As time moved on, so did my idea of solving. I moved from numbers and words to people and places. In my country, there are […]