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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. 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 may be asking. Well, my fellow netpreneur...Everything!

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?

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 can be viewed as experiencing difficulties with language development when in reality they are displaying linguistic differences.

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.

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. In fact, the two are very separate jobs requiring different skills. To explain who and/or what an interpreter as opposed to a translator we set out the main differences between interpreting and translation.

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.

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!

Whats In A Word? More Than You Realize

What?s in a word? Apparently more than we might want.

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. My nonna (Italian for grandmother) was six months pregnant at the time and was quite ill through out the month?s passage. Like most of the immigrants however, all she cared about was that her son be born in America, and thus immediately become a United States citizen. My grandparents, immediately settled in Sicilian-Italian neighborhood called Bensonhurst, and the language of choice was Sicilian, of course. By the time my dad was 10 months old, he was saying words in Sicilian and by the time he was a year-old, he was able to put sentences together. That's why it's no surprise to me that my dad was able to learn the English language as quickly as he did.

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.S. Schools are offering bilingual courses and fully integrated bilingual curriculum. In some areas of the country , Spanish even exceeds English as the first language of the residents. Families are integrating languages into their neighborhoods regularly.

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Trump and the imprecision of language
“Precision of language, please!” Jonas realizes this is no Utopia he's living in. He asks, what do you mean? “Your father means that you used a very generalized word, so meaningless that it's become almost obsolete,” replies his mother. It's a ...

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The world has a brand-new language, and it's a win for nationalists
And anyway, the two language are barely different. They are mutually intelligible. And the overwhelming consensus among linguists is that Montenegrin and Serbian, as well as Bosnian and Croatian, are basically the same language. That way of looking at ...

The Hindu

Doing his bit for making Telugu a global language
The Hindu
“Telugu is a classical language, but it should also become a global language as close to 100 million people communicate in it. When Apple launches any app, it releases even in Norwegian spoken by 20 million people. But nothing in Telugu as machine ...
Telugu scores big in the US, third most spoken Indian languageTimes Now

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Visual Capitalist (blog)

Map: Language Difficulty Ranking For English Speakers
Visual Capitalist (blog)
Learning a new language as an adult is big undertaking – so if you want the best value for your time, choose wisely. For most people, there are no time constraints on becoming fluent in another language, but for the Foreign Service Institute – the U.S ...
British are bad at even their own languageThe Times

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The Hindu

Language no barrier for him
The Hindu
It's because the 63-year-old Daniel Negers, a professor in the Department of South Asia and Himalayan Studies of French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations, had his first brush with Telugu language at Peddapuram in East Godavari ...

'Social media provides a means for anyone to build a virtual language community'
"This is like a miracle for those of us old enough to have struggled in solitude with the language before the emergence of the web," he says. "I know the same is true for many other minority language communities as well - it's unusual for there to be a ...
Irish language needs to be supported or beidh sé básIrish Examiner

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Pacific Daily News

Choosing a foreign language to study
Pacific Daily News
Many high school students study a second language by the time they graduate. However, different students are drawn to study specific languages for various reasons. Jazmine Chargualaf, senior at Academy of Our Lady of Guam, chose to pursue Spanish in ...

Atlas Obscura

A New Multilingual Sign Language Dictionary Looks to the Stars
Atlas Obscura
For example, in France, sign language was forbidden in schools for deaf people after the Milan Congress of 1880, explains Beatriz Garcia, a professor at the Institute of Technology in Detection and Astrophysics, and one of the leaders of the project ...

OpenGov Asia

EXCLUSIVE – Coupling top-down and bottom-up approaches to Natural Language Processing
OpenGov Asia
They are dealing with the fundamental problems of natural language processing (NLP) for sentiment analysis. Natural language, which is the language we use for communicating with each other, is rather different from the way we communicate with computers ...

Algeria's Berbers protest for Tamazight language rights
Berber communities in Algeria are calling on the government to allocate state funding to promote and preserve their indigenous language, a demand that has prompted several protests in the country's northern region this week. The protests come after an ...

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