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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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Why Learning A Language Could Save Your Career
In today's Millennial-saturated job market, it can be hard for even the most talented and experienced boomers to preserve their competitive advantage. However, there is a rare skill that makes hiring managers sit up and take notice: fluency in a high ...

New York Times

Language Dispute Halts Navajo Election
New York Times
The Navajo Nation Supreme Court ordered election officials on Thursday to postpone the tribe's presidential election and remove one of the candidates from the ballot because he failed to prove he spoke the Navajo language fluently. The decision was the ...
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Quelle surprise! Celebrities who speak multiple languages
(CNN) -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg already owns a good chunk of the Internet, but on Wednesday he won it as well when he spoke Chinese to an audience at a Beijing university. Media, including CNN stablemate CNNMoney, lit up -- sometimes ...
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Alaska Dispatch

Parnell signs Native language bill in emotional ceremony at AFN convention
Alaska Dispatch
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell passes out pens to native speakers after signing a bill proclaiming 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages on Thursday, October 23, 2014. The governor was joined by legislators and native leaders at the ...

Johnson: Politics and language
The Economist (blog)
So Mark Liberman, a linguist at the University of Pennsylvania and the keeper of Language Log, a group language blog, began doing what none of them did. He counted. “I” is the most common word in English speech—but Mr Obama uses first-person ...

Deseret News

Which language should bilingual parents teach their children? Research says both
Deseret News
Parents face a variety of choices when choosing how to rear their child, and for bilingual parents choosing a language can be a daunting but worthwhile task with myriad benefits. In the 1960s skeptics believed that learning a second language was ...

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The Best Foreign-Language Films of 2014, According to Criticwire
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 ...

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MCSO holding first Spanish-language citizens academy
In an effort to demonstrate diversity and inclusion, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has expanded its citizens academy to include a Spanish-language offshoot. The academy will mirror the standard English-language course, including an introduction ...

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WFMZ Allentown

Foul language may stop plans to rename ASD football field for Andre Reed
WFMZ Allentown
The Allentown School Board has tabled plans to name the football field in the school district's stadium for former pro football star Andre Reed, after learning the Hall of Famer used foul language while arguing with another Dieruff High School graduate ...

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Here's why the name of Hong Kong's “Umbrella Movement” is so subversive
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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