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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Wonkette (satire)

Language School Blogger Fired for Writing About Homophones
Gawker
A social media specialist for a Utah language school that teaches English to non-native speakers says he was fired for writing a blog post about homophones—words that sound the same, but carry different meanings—because his boss was afraid readers ...
Utah Language School Fires Blogger For Promoting Homophone AgendaWonkette (satire)
Language school blogger fired over 'homophonia'9NEWS.com (blog)
What we have come to: language blogger fired for writing about “homophones”Patheos (blog)
Daily Mail -WNEM Saginaw
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azcentral.com

Arizona Cardinals perplexed by language rule
azcentral.com
It's been in the back of the NFL rule book for seemingly forever, but on-field discipline for players who use abusive and insulting language on game days is about to get pushed to the forefront in an unprecedented way. The NFL has decided to deliver a ...

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Paul Rolly: Blogger fired from language school over 'homophonia'
Salt Lake Tribune
Nomen is Utah's largest private English as a Second Language school and caters mostly to foreign students seeking admission to U.S. colleges and universities. Woodger says his school has taught 6,500 students from 58 countries during the past 15 years.


Looking back at 40 years of French as Quebec's official language
CBC.ca
On July 31, 1974 — exactly 40 years ago — French became the only official language in Quebec. A war of words and principles raged between anglophones and francophones at the time. Anglophones fought to preserve their rights while more and more ...


The Guardian

My languages guilt: am I making the most of my degree?
The Guardian
That's all very well, but in the cold, harsh light of day, what did learning languages do for me and my contemporaries? Almost 10 years on, I'm working as a journalist where my knowledge of French, Spanish and Vietnamese (picked up after I left ...

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The Economist (blog)

Johnson: languages of Spain
The Economist (blog)
“PER un país de tots, l'escola en català,” reads the sign on the Barcelona schoolhouse gate: “For a country for everyone, school in Catalan.” It is a pointed and, to some, ironic symbol of two very different views of language in Spain. Johnson recently ...


Slate Magazine

Can Duolingo Teach Foreign Students English?
Slate Magazine
“The test-taking industry—especially for language certification—is pretty much a monopoly,” Gotthilf, who also heads the company's international development efforts, said in an interview. “It just seems really silly that people can't get jobs or a ...


CBC.ca

Signs Restaurant introduces diners to sign language
CBC.ca
Signs offers customers a chance to learn basic sign language through helpful graphics incorporated in the menu, cheat-sheets placed on tables and wall mounted photographs illustrating signs for common words needed in a restaurant like the names of ...
New eatery with deaf servers encourages diners to use sign languageCTV News

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FIRST-PERSON: Stretching into their language
BP News
I love the sound of people speaking other languages and particularly Español. The language has a melodic rhythm that I love to hear. Unlike my Spanish learning labs, nobody was speaking each word dis-tinct-ly and s-l-o-w-l-y. But several weeks later, ...


The Guardian

Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language
The Guardian
Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language. From Mrs Malaprop to Lothario to the Grinch, some characters are so memorable that they leap from fiction into the dictionary. Take an alphabetical tour of the origins of some of our ...

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Teaching Reading to English Language Learners

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

Show Me the Bunny: Language Acquisition

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

Learn Italian in Italy

You can combine your love of the Italian language with... Read More

How To Learn Spanish Quickly and Easily

Spanish is a very useful language to learn as it... Read More

Don?t Take The Romaji Short-Cut When Learning Japanese

This is an issue many Japanese learners come up against,... Read More

Learn Korean: Part 2 - Social Status in Culture

Part 1 of this series covered the language and language... Read More

English Language Sputtering Online Like an Old Ford!

Sad, but true. Just about everywhere you look online, the... Read More

What Does an Interpreter Do?

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

Learning a Foreign Language: the Psychological Factor

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

How Ronzoni Italian Foods Helped My Dad Learn English

My dad likes to say, he was made in Italy,... Read More

Online IELTS Preparation - Why Does It Make Sense?

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

Learning French in Paris

Nothing can be more frustrating than to be in France... Read More

Chinese Pinyin or Hanyu Pinyin Overview

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

Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery (Part 2)

In Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery Part 1,... Read More

Learn Italian in Your Hometown

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

Aphasia: The Cruelest Language Barrier

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

Uncommon Facts / Rules of English Language

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

Whats In A Word? More Than You Realize

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

7 Words Americans Should Stop Using Until Further Investigation

Relationship: Here is a word that is used to qualify,... Read More

Teaching English in Mexico: A Decent Living?

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

Preschool Spanish

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

Speaking Spanish To Increase Mind Power

Our "mind power" is largely in the way we use... 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

Bridging the Language Gap Using Bilingual Picture Books

There are more than 39 million Hispanics live in the... Read More

Mexican Living: Todays Obsession

I would like to talk about one of my many... Read More