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.If you do a phrase search on Google, "teach English in Mexico," you... Read More

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.Just like alphabet A - Z to English, Pinyin provides a phonetic alphabet for Chinese and is taught from Grade 1 in... Read More

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. The problem, in reality, is so widespread that it has begun to affect all aspects of the language. "But, what on Earth does this have to do with Internet marketing?" you... Read More

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... Read More

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. Children who engage in second language learning typically outperform their peers in the area of vocabulary development as well as intellectual development. As important as learning a second language is, learners... Read More

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. Come on, Sweetie. Show Mumma the bunny. Without saying a word, my little girl points to a plush rabbit.Ever since I read in a parents' newsletter that... Read More

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.Both Mexicans and Gringos tell me that my... Read More

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. In fact, the two are very separate jobs requiring different skills. To explain who and/or what an interpreter as opposed to a translator... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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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 ...


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 ...


Two Horses, One Language
New York Times (blog)
Our shared language is not really a language per se, but a set of cues —a touch of the left or right heel, a shift of weight on the knee, a squeeze of hand on rein. It's similar to but different from the cues I learned in thousands of hours of horse ...

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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 ...


Wired

New Tablet Case Recognizes Sign Language and Translates It Into Text
Wired
Known as UNI, the case uses gesture recognition technology developed by Leap Motion to translate sign language into audible speech. It then merges this with voice recognition technology to convert spoken word to text. Because there are a variety of ...
MotionSavvy UNI Sign Language Interpreter Gives a Voice to the Deaf and Hard ...Medgadget.com
This UNI tablet can translate sign languageThe Vine
Tablet case recognises sign languageiAfrica.com
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Alaska Dispatch

Native language is theme of Elders and Youth Conference
Alaska Dispatch
The importance of Alaska Native languages to culture, identity and individual well-being took center stage Monday as the First Alaskans Institute's Elders and Youth Conference – the precursor to the biggest Native gathering of the year – began in ...
Elders and youth conference focuses on Alaska Native language, cultureFairbanks Daily News-Miner
Elders and youth conference focuses on languageJuneau Empire (subscription)
Native languages a core issue at Elders and Youth ConferenceKtoo
KNBA
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The Guardian

London Language Festival - the highlights
The Guardian
The Language Festival may have set out to be a celebration of cultural and linguistic diversity, but the first session of the weekend – the Born Global Synposium – didn't shy away from some of the big, and difficult, questions around the state of ...


New York Times

Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds
New York Times
Now, a growing body of research is challenging the notion that merely exposing poor children to more language is enough to overcome the deficits they face. The quality of the communication between children and their parents and caregivers, the ...


How English-Language TV Shows Are Titled In Other Countries
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When an English-language television show makes the jump to a non-English-speaking country, the show is often retitled to appeal to the new audience. And it's pretty entertaining to see how Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Doctor Who are retitled.


The Hindu

Pre-primary education in tribal language
The Hindu
The Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) will implement an educational package for tribal pre-primary children in their own language. The initiative is aimed at ending the feeling of alienation among tribal children when they ...

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Learning a Foreign Language: Learn from the Blind

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7 Words Americans Should Stop Using Until Further Investigation

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Online IELTS Preparation - Why Does It Make Sense?

Because IELTS is a difficult test. While most agree that... Read More

Learning a Foreign Language: the Psychological Factor

When it comes about learning a foreign language, many people... Read More

Show Me the Bunny: Language Acquisition

Some children are really funny about experimenting with speech. Nonetheless,... Read More

Can You Understand English?

There is a lot of talk about making English the... Read More

What Does an Interpreter Do?

Many people get confused as to the difference between an... Read More

Teaching English in Mexico: A Decent Living?

What's more disappointing than a person who makes a promise... Read More

English Language Sputtering Online Like an Old Ford!

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Learn Korean: Part 2 - Social Status in Culture

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Whats In A Word? More Than You Realize

What's in a word? Apparently more than we might want.For... Read More

Learning a Foreign Language: Why Should you Learn Words You Never Use in Your Mother Tongue?

Imagine a child sitting in front of a desk, his... Read More

Second Language Competence Beneficial but often Misunderstood

Second language learning has associated with it many types of... Read More

How Ronzoni Italian Foods Helped My Dad Learn English

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Preschool Spanish

Why an EarlyAGE 2nd Language?Research indicates that from ages 1... Read More

Learn Italian in Your Hometown

Are you interested in learning the Italian language right in... Read More

English Slang For Perplexed Tourists

I watched the British version of 'Big Brother' recently. That's... Read More

Aphasia: The Cruelest Language Barrier

Imagine the following scenario: You wake up one morning and... Read More

English Has Come A Long, Long Way...

I often wonder what would happen if Shakespeare were to... Read More

Teaching English in Greece - What Do You Need to Know?

The employment situation can be quite uncertain for newcomers to... Read More

Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery (Part 1)

What? Kanji can be learned quickly? This seems an impossible... Read More

Teaching Reading to English Language Learners

There is an increasing amount of English language learners represented... Read More

Chinese Pinyin or Hanyu Pinyin Overview

Chinese Pinyin is the romanization of the Chinese "written sound".... Read More

Uncommon Facts / Rules of English Language

English is an international language. It has so many grammar... Read More

Learning a Foreign Language: the Ventriloquists Lesson

The main feature you have to master, in order to... Read More