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Teaching English in Mexico: A Decent Living?

What's more disappointing than a person who makes a promise he can't keep? A person who makes a promise that is a lie. Many promises to make a "decent living" teaching English in Mexico are just that-a lie.

Chinese Pinyin or Hanyu Pinyin Overview

Chinese Pinyin is the romanization of the Chinese "written sound". Romanization approximates Mandarin pronunciation with Western spellings and includes a tone mark to signify the pitch of a word.

English Language Sputtering Online Like an Old Ford!

Sad, but true. Just about everywhere you look online, the English language is suffering a fate worse than death.

English Has Come A Long, Long Way...

I often wonder what would happen if Shakespeare were to be transported in a time machine to our world today. What would he think? How would he react?Yes, Willie would probably tell me "thou hast too much time on thy hands if thou spendeth it wondering about such flights of fancy.

Second Language Competence Beneficial but often Misunderstood

Second language learning has associated with it many types of benefits. Among them include: social, economic, intellectual and linguistic.

Show Me the Bunny: Language Acquisition

Some children are really funny about experimenting with speech. Nonetheless, the first intelligible words bring such a feeling of elation to a parent.

Mexican Living: Todays Obsession

I would like to talk about one of my many obsessions: learning Spanish. I have been thinking about this lately mostly because I am under the impression that, though I've lived in Mexico for two years, my Spanish sucks in a major way.

What Does an Interpreter Do?

Many people get confused as to the difference between an interpreter and a translator. There is a common tendency to think translators interpreter, or that interpreters translate.

Learn Italian in Your Hometown

Are you interested in learning the Italian language right in your own hometown? There are several options that you can explore to find the Italian classes that are just perfect for you! First, you should consider whether you would you enjoy the interaction that takes place among students in group classes, or if you would prefer the one-on-one attention of a private instructor.1.

Learn Italian in Italy

You can combine your love of the Italian language with an unforgettable experience in the country where the language is spoken by studying Italian in Italy! Hands-down, the best way to learn a foreign language is to live, work, or study in a native speaking environment. Studying Italian in Italy is the best possible experience you can have to learn the language.

Learn Italian for Free

Italian is one of the most widespread languages in the world, and speaking it can give you a tremendous sense of accomplishment, an edge in your career, and even a stronger bond with your ancestors if you are of Italian descent. There are many ways you can learn Italian, including textbooks, tapes, CDs, software, group classes or private lessons, but there are also ways you can begin or continue your studies of the Italian language entirely for FREE!1.

Whats In A Word? More Than You Realize

What's in a word?Apparently more than we might want.For others, the ability to express yourself in the most meaningful way.

How Ronzoni Italian Foods Helped My Dad Learn English

My dad likes to say, he was made in Italy, but born in Brooklyn New York. You see his parents left Palermo, Sicily in February 1955 and sailed by boat to America.

Teaching Reading to English Language Learners

There is an increasing amount of English language learners represented in our schools for whom a unique approach to developing literacy is necessary. The development of literacy by English language learners (ELLs) includes all of the challenges implicit for English speaking children literacy attainments, and is additionally compounded by a diversity of linguistic, cognitive and academic variables.

Bridging the Language Gap Using Bilingual Picture Books

There are more than 39 million Hispanics live in the United States making it the fifth largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world. It is estimated that within five years, only Mexico will have more Spanish-speakers than the U.

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The Guardian

Navajo court bars candidate for tribal presidency over language doubts
The Guardian
A candidate for president of the Navajo nation lost another round in a language fluency dispute on Wednesday, all but ending his bid for office. The Navajo nation supreme court upheld a ruling from a lower court that said Chris Deschene was not ...
Navajo presidential candidate removed from ballot over language issueLos Angeles Times
Navajo Nation's highest court orders candidate off ballot over language fluencySalt Lake Tribune
Navajo Court Removes Presidential Candidate Over Language DisputeBusiness Insider

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Sydney Morning Herald

Perth call centre staff have language problems, says Telstra chief David Thodey
Sydney Morning Herald
Telstra has previously said more than 50 per cent of complaints about language problems were about Australian workers, but this is the first time it has identified the main culprit city. It operates call centres across Australia in cities such as ...

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The Guardian

What language tells us about the roots of the stone age diet
The Guardian
It's all thanks to a painstaking technique called the comparative method. This is as archaeological as linguistics gets: it involves delicately scraping away the surface layers of spoken language to find patterns of relatedness beneath. For example ...


How Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement protesters are using their native ...
It's the territory's language. Though they share many of the same Chinese characters, Mandarin and Cantonese use them in such divergent ways—in terms of both grammar and vocabulary—that they constitute two different writing systems. A Mandarin-only ...

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The Guardian

Live Q&A: What is the best way to learn a language?
The Guardian
Its success has led it to become one of the names synonymous with the tech revolution in language learning, and not without good reason. In a recent interview for the series, its creator, Luis von Ahn, said: “There's an independent study that shows ...

The Best Foreign-Language Films of 2014
Indie Wire
Below is a collection of those films released in theaters during that time that have a) received 10 or more reviews, b) maintained a grade average of "B+" or higher and c) unfold primarily in a language other than English. (A complete list of all the ...

Lack of language skills hurting Irish jobseekers
Irish Examiner
Irish jobseekers are missing out on careers and business opportunities due to a lack of foreign language skills. Speaking during a panel discussion on the importance of investing in language learning, head of education policy at IBEC Tony Donohoe said ...

The Guardian (blog)

Maps of Australian language – swimmers v cozzies, scallops v potato cakes
The Guardian (blog)
Bryant is now a visiting fellow at the school of language studies at ANU, and has kindly allowed us to reproduce some of the maps from her thesis. Although the survey was completed in the late 1980s, the terms and trends we've selected are still mostly ...

Huffington Post

The 3 Best Ways to Boost Your Baby's Language Development
Huffington Post
Speak with your baby in a certain way, new research shows, and your baby is far more likely to pick up on language. The difference is big -- more than double the vocabulary by age 2. The study is making headlines now because of a nationwide education ...

Two Horses, One Language
New York Times (blog)
When I have the privilege to take a riding lesson with Sasa I feel as though I'm a boor in conversation with a gracious foreign diplomat who tolerates my inept forays into a shared language, one that more skilled riders use to communicate with him and ...

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