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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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The New Yorker

A Parable for the Distance Between Language and Truth
The New Yorker
They are formally wide-ranging and often hinge on the murky relationship between language and reality. In “Die Überflutung,” from 1979, a man named Reizer takes a silent companion on a tour of Berlin and describes the wartime horrors he witnessed there ...

Atlas Obscura

How a Secret Criminal Language Emerged From the Underworld
Atlas Obscura
This secret language, known as a cant or cryptolect, has long since fallen into disuse. But despite its covert purpose and disputed origins, it has had a surprising impact on contemporary spoken English—in fact, you might even speak a bit like an old ...

New York Times

Review: 'In a Word' Grapples With Loss and Language
New York Times
This is a play intrinsically interested in language, yet profoundly skeptical of what words can and can't mean. Guy says that he's “all outta words,” and Fiona confesses that: “In times like this, words fail me. Like they just stop trying. Like ...

I Am Learning Inglés: A Dual-Language Comic
Did you like this comic? Let us know! Email Facebook; Twitter; Google+; Email. Be In The Know About Education. Get NPR Ed's take on what's happening in education: news, shareable insights and innovative ideas. Delivered weekly. E-mail ...

BBC News

Newspaper review: Language politics grips headlines
BBC News
"Tony Blair duped SF over Irish language: Robinson" is the front page headline in the Belfast Telegraph. The claim by former first minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson comes as the political talks in Stormont seem stuck fast with the language ...
DUP questions Government 'neutrality' over support for Irish Language
Stormont talks deadlocked over Irish language ActIrish Times
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Minneapolis Star Tribune

As language grows more profane, office talk takes a turn for the curse
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“We are in a time of flux,” said Benjamin Bergen, author of “What The F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves.” Language is always evolving, which often causes tension, but Bergen said we may be in the midst of the ...

Minister calls low enrolment in free second-language courses 'unfortunate'
New Brunswick's minister of post-secondary education, training and labour said he's disappointed that only 115 people signed up for a program that provides free second-language training to unemployed residents of the province. Donald Arseneault, who is ...

Daily Post North Wales

What you have to say about anti-Welsh language complaints at restaurant
Daily Post North Wales
Sophie Roxanne Francis said: "Really gets on my nerves. Wales, where we speak Welsh. Some of us as first language. And we can't use it? It would be different if I went to a restaurant in Stockport and complained about everyone speaking English. They'd ...

Dhaka Tribune

There is no language called Indian
Dhaka Tribune
Hindi is not the national language of the Indian Union. Neither is it their “rashtrabhasha” if you prefer that term. There is nothing called the national language or rashtrabhasha in the constitution of India. Whoever told you otherwise is either ...


Dialect versus language — what's the big deal?
There are many rubrics that people cite as indicators of a dialect versus a language. Take mutual intelligibility. If two varieties of speech are mutually intelligible, surely they must be dialects of one language. But what happens when they're not ...

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