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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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This beautiful language tree shows how India is as linguistically diverse as ...
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An intricate chart drawn by Finnish-Swedish graphic artist Minna Sundberg traces the common roots of the tongues spoken by a vast swath of humanity. The myriad "Indo-European" languages all share a common ancestor, though historians debate who that ...
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Language learning in the UK: 'can't, won't, don't'
Can't, won't, don't, three words which sum up our national view on speaking foreign languages. Of course it's not entirely true, but last week saw another day of disappointment for language lovers, as we saw the continued decline in UK students ...
Talking point: Languages for businessCRN - UK
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Funny on FOX Nation: Sign Language Interpreter Steals Spotlight at de Blasio's ...
Fox News (blog)
As New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a speech warning New Yorkers of the impending megastorm, that is about to drop 3 feet of snow on the city, he was totally upstaged by a theatrical sign language interpreter who was standing next to him and ...
Bill De Blasio's Sign Language Guy Is Ridiculous [VIDEO]Daily Caller
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De Blasio interpreter takes center stage (VIDEO)New York Daily News
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Swift ascends the programming language ranks
Last summer, about 6 weeks after Apple introduced Swift, a new programming language designed to ultimately replace Objective-C as the language for iOS and OS X development, I wrote about how developers appeared to be quickly adopting Swift - or, ...

The Federalist

Language Policing Doesn't Pervert Liberalism, It Is Liberalism
The Federalist
In a widely praised piece for New York Magazine, liberal writer Jonathan Chait says the leftist language police are perverting liberalism. Chait is wrong. The politically correct language police don't pervert modern liberalism; they embody it. And ...
Not a Very P.C. Thing to SayNew York Magazine

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The language apocalypse is coming, and many tongues are already all but dead
​“There's a very unusual situation in aboriginal Australia,” says poet Bob Holman, who hosts the new PBS documentary, "Language Matters." “Charlie Mangulda is the last speaker of Amurdak ... When he forgets a word, there's nobody he can ask what that ...
Let the World Speak!Huffington Post

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Can you guess the language being spoken?
The quiz above does the same for languages using audio clips from the Wikitongues project, which aims to collect videos of native speakers in all of the world's tongues. Can you tell the difference between Portuguese and Spanish? Farsi and Arabic?

Simplify the language used by lawyers
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In order to counteract the complex nature of legal language and the negative effects of legalese, some people have advocated for the use of 'plain English' or 'simple language'. This language is simplified to make it readily understandable by the ...

Opelika Auburn News

Community turns out for AU speech, language and hearing clinic
Opelika Auburn News
Ballam pressed the buzzer each time he heard a beep in either ear, controlled by speech-language pathology student Kathleen Palmer, as part of the university's free speech, language and hearing screening. “It is kind of the first step if someone is ...
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Times LIVE

Maties speak a new language
Times LIVE
For decades the University of Stellenbosch has grappled with the thorny issue of transformation, with the preservation of Afrikaans as the primary language of instruction at the heart of the strife. Since 2011 the university has been trying to ...

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