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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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Johnson: A little German difficulty
The Economist (blog)
The German man giving the exam could well feel that Germany was generous in offering its national driving-licence exam in so many languages. He clearly felt he was being polite in offering the Turkish language to the holder of a Turkish passport. But ...

In California, Saving a Language That Predates Spanish and English
New York Times
The Yurok Tribe's extensive campaign to revive the language serves as a model to the many other tribes, some rich with gambling revenues, that are undertaking similar efforts, experts say. No other Native American language is believed to be taught in ...
Yurok Language Program in NYTNorth Coast Journal (blog)

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LEAPs Act calls for sea change in thinking about language skills and teaching
Right now, the fate of Minnesota children who are learning English depends on where and how they end up in school. The least fortunate languish, falling years behind in classrooms where lessons are spooled out in a language they can't understand.

Uniting language needed in foreign policy
The News Journal
Ironically, apartheid is still practiced in South Africa where Swaziland and Lesotho manage their own affairs, while this privilege is not given to the Boers (farmers) who came to South Africa when the first settlers arrived in the U.S. Their culture ...

Language report from Coimisinéir Teanga published
Irish Times
An Coimisinéir Teanga (Language Commissioner), Mr Rónán Ó Domhnaill, has published the tenth Annual Report (2013) for his office. The report deals with 775 cases which concerned problems in obtaining state services through Irish last year.
Signage among main language commission

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When Not to Speak Your Second Language to Your Children
New York Times (blog)
I was born in Iowa, to parents of Western European ancestry, and I am a classic example of the monolingual American whose only exposure to another language came from a brief high school foreign-language class. That is, until I met my current wife, who ...

City seeks input on French-language services
Winnipeg Free Press
St. Vital councillor Brian Mayes, responsible for French language services, said a community consultation process will take place later this year to review the city's French-language services bylaw. Mayes said that while an administrative report ...

When it's not the language of love
Mail & Guardian Online
As a diverse country that is a melting pot of languages and culture, the meaning is often far more complex and multidimensional. In the case of Steenkamp and Pistorius, we know that "baba" is the Afrikaans word for baby. That term of reference is not ...

Times Higher Education

Let us learn in our own language, says Algerian scholar
Times Higher Education
The widespread use of English and French is a “blight” on universities across the Arab world because it forces students to study in a foreign language, an Algerian academic and poet has said. Inam Bioud said that by not using the language of the man in ...

Worcester parents frustrated by dual-language program move out of Norrback ...
Worcester Telegram
Viryuana Moreira, parent of a Norrback Avenue School student, listens to school officials Tuesday at a special meeting regarding the merger of Norrback's dual-language program with Roosevelt School's, across town. (T&G Staff/STEVE LANAVA). By Sara ...

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