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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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Meridian Star

Language no barrier for Golden Apple winner
Meridian Star
Mike Reed, owner of the Meridian Family of Stations, at left, and Tim Holder, publisher of The Meridian Star, at right, inform Northeast High School foreign languages teacher Helena Wells that she has been selected as the November Golden Apple Award ...

New Worlds: The tone of sign language
Jerusalem Post
Sandler, working with doctoral student Svetlana Dachkovsky and Christina Healy, decided to look into sign language intonation. They asked speakers of American and Israeli sign language, which are very different historically and culturally, to sign a ...

Indian Express

Will Sanskrit induction hinder students' prospects?
Economic Times
The human resource development (HRD) ministry has decided to discontinue teaching German in the 400 government-owned Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) as a third language; Sanskrit will now replace German. 'German in 1,000 schools' is a programme run ...
Use of local language can boost GDP, Smriti Irani saysTimes of India
German language row: Smriti Irani justifies move, cites ConstitutionIndian Express
German Ambassador confident India will resolve language teaching issueThe Hindu
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Ars Technica

Lost languages leave traces on the brain
Ars Technica
Our brains start soaking in details from the languages around us from the moment we can hear them. One of the first things infants learn of their native languages is the system of consonants and vowels, as well as other speech sound characteristics ...

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The Guardian

'Lost' first languages leave permanent mark on the brain, new study reveals
The Guardian
“Lost” first languages leave a permanent mark on the brain, a report this week has found. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in the US, challenges the existing understanding that exposure to a language in ...

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An Infant's Brain Maps Language From Birth, Study Says
As it turns out, the language that an infant hears starting at birth creates neural patterns that the unconscious brain retains years later, even if the child completely stops using the language. The study offers the first neural evidence that traces ...
Adoptees' 'lost language' from infancy triggers brain
'Lost' first language leaves a mark on the brain: studyNew York Daily News
Lost languages leave a mark on the brainChannel News Asia

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Irish Times

Have Irish-language books fallen off the shelf?
Irish Times
Whether it is ancient texts, the work of bardic poets or contemporary poetry and fiction, there is a whole world of creation in the language that reveals so much about who we are and where we've come from. I often feel that there is a section of my ...

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Old Language Attracts The Young To Catholic Mass
It used to be that Roman Catholic mass was celebrated in the ancient language — Latin. But after the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, the church encouraged mass to be celebrated in the language of the people, meaning mass in Peru was celebrated in ...

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Chippewa tribe's kids preserving Anishinaabe language
Detroit Free Press
The loss of language results mostly from a widespread effort in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to force Indians to assimilate to majority culture. Indian children were taken — sometimes forcibly — from their families and sent to boarding schools.

Times Colonist

First Nations language learners on the rise in BC
Times Colonist
The event began with a welcome song in the Sencoten language by a group of children. The school has First Nations language immersion programs from preschool to Grade 1 and a successful adult language mentorship program. Sencoten is the language ...

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