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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'Like Little Language Vacuum Cleaners,' Kids Suck Up Swear Words
NPR
Most parents are pretty concerned about their kids using foul language. Dr. Timothy Jay, a psychologist and expert in swearing, says parents worried about bad words might be fighting a losing battle. "As soon as kids start talking, they pick up this ...

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Loaded language: The gun metaphors that pervade our everyday slang
Washington Post
These words are at home in our language. I only began to notice how old they are, and how persistently they live on, when working on a biography of William Clark and reading Lewis's and Clark's original journals, which show how firearms played a major ...
Loaded language: Gun metaphors pervade slangWalla Walla Union-Bulletin

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Joseph LockWords, language important tools we can't put down
The Daily Advertiser
It is through the word that you manifest everything. Regardless of what language you speak, your intent manifests through the word. The word is not just a sound or a written symbol. The word is a force; It is the power you have to create the events in ...

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Anchorage Daily News

Natives protest lack of movement on indigenous-language bill
Anchorage Daily News
Alaska Natives beat the drum during a protest in front of Sen. Lesil McGuire's Capitol office as her chief of staff, Brett Huber, in tie, prepares to address them. The protesters wanted McGuire, R-Anchorage, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee ...
Waiting it outJuneau Empire (subscription)

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Plymouth language cafe helps foreign speakers learn English
Plymouth Herald
A LANGUAGE cafe is bringing together foreign speakers to help them integrate into the Plymouth community. The cafe, at City Business Park, Somerset Place, in Stoke runs on Thursdays from 5pm. The free cafe brings English lessons into a social ...


CNN International

Parents in Hong Kong struggling with rising cost of English-language education
South China Morning Post
“English-language education in Hong Kong is increasingly becoming a privilege exclusive to those who can afford it,” said Chapman, who came from Britain 16 years ago. “If you don't speak Cantonese, then you have no choice but to go to international ...
10 things HK does better than anywhere elseKTVZ

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Foreign language teaching archaic says academic
TVNZ
Senior lecturer John McCaffery, from Auckland University's Education Faculty, said New Zealand continued to stick with an archaic model of language learning, which did not work. His recent research will be the first in the country to look at bilingual ...

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How Learning An Additional Language Could Influence Your Business
Forbes
I've written extensively about the ways good grammar and command of the English language can make or break a business (or a career). But what about your ability to speak another language, in addition to English? Is it mandatory? More importantly, is it ...

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Language Lessons: Why English Doesn't Borrow Much From Chinese
Wall Street Journal (blog)
As languages go, English is a notoriously promiscuous one, borrowing caricatures from Italian, chutzpah from Yiddish and faux pas from French. And yet despite the English-speaking world's deep and wide confluences with Chinese culture, for some reason, ...


RT

Ukraine government pledges Russian language rights
Reuters
At present, millions of Ukrainians, including many who do not consider themselves ethnically Russian, speak Russian as a first language and have a right to use it for some official purposes in those regions where Russian-speakers are a majority.
Kiev promises Russian language status choice as military op enters 'inactive ...RT

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