Language Diversity and Climate Linked, Study Says Language Magazine
Language diversity is closely linked to a region's climate according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications.
We need a new language to discuss diversity and inclusion Fast Company
The current conversation pushes us to perceive diversity and inclusion as lack. I propose we rewrite the narrative of human symphony.
‘Fetal Heartbeat’ vs. ‘Forced Pregnancy’: The Language Wars of the Abortion Debate - The New York Times
‘Fetal Heartbeat’ vs. ‘Forced Pregnancy’: The Language Wars of the Abortion Debate The New York Times
The new laws that prohibit abortion as early as the sixth week of pregnancy have been called “heartbeat” legislation by supporters, a reference to the flickering ...
These are the hardest-to-spell words in the English language CNN
Bondieuserie. Bewusstseinslage. Ayacahuite. Most of us wouldn't even know how to pronounce those words, let alone spell them.
'Blackbird' Sung In Mi'kmaq Seeks To Raise Awareness Of Indigenous Language WBUR
Sixteen-year old high school student Emma Stevens sung a beautiful version of The Beatles' "Blackbird" in her native Mi'kmaq, to raise awareness of indigenous ...
Creating a Positive Work Environment: Integrating Strengths-Based Language Campus Rec Magazine
This is Part Three of a three-part series on well-being. Caroline Dotts shares on the way Georgia Tech's Campus Rec is integrating strengths-based language.
Languages: Drop in number of pupils taking French BBC News
There has been a fall of more than 40% in the number of pupils in Northern Ireland taking GCSE French over the past decade. That is according to a study of ...
Baxter Black: Foreign Language Tri-State Livestock News
A medical doctor friend of mine was recounting his experiences in Africa as a volunteer for a church missionary program. He said it was very satisfying for the ...
Facebook open-sources deep learning framework Pythia for image and language models VentureBeat
Facebook's Pythia deep learning framework, which is now available in open source, is designed to benchmark natural language processing and vision AI ...
Linguists Found the ‘Weirdest Languages,’ and English Is One of Them The Epoch Times
Is English “weird”? Many of us might feel this is true when we're trying to explain the complex spelling rules ...
Like Game of Thrones Languages? Here's How to Make Your Own WIRED
We got pro tips from the master—like, the actual guy who created Dothraki and High Valyrian.
Skowhegan selectmen strip language from ordinance banning tips for exotic dancers - Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Skowhegan selectmen strip language from ordinance banning tips for exotic dancers Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
SKOWHEGAN — Tipping strippers during exotic dance shows in Skowhegan got the OK from selectmen last week, but with a caveat — gratuities can't be ...
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Getting French Language Adaptation in Canada Hollywood Reporter
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' is going international. Quebecor *Content* has inked a deal with NBCUniversal International Formats to license the Andy Samberg cop ...
World Biodiversity Day: Why language should not be forgotten Down To Earth Magazine
Languages are a treasure trove of knowledge about a region's flora, fauna and medicinal plants, say experts.
The strangers helping each other learn a new language - via WhatsApp SBS
Not too long ago, learning a language cost time and money. Now, Australians are teaming up with strangers around the world to teach each other the skills ...
Louisiana: Anti-abortion constitutional language nears OK ABC News
Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state ...
Watch and Learn: In-Flight Language Lessons Put Words in Passengers' Mouths APEX Media
The latest from the Airline Passenger Experience Association, sharing aviation and passenger experience news from around the world.
How Latin American Artists Have Used Language to Political and Poetic Effects Hyperallergic
The artworks in Words/Matter suggest that language is not simply ethereal and cerebral, but infinitely malleable, corporeal, and tactile. Annelyse GelmanMay 21, ...
Researcher brings tips on language development to local preschool Mohave Valley News
BULLHEAD CITY — When's the best time to begin teaching a child language skills?
The Language of Air Travel Voice of America
Believe it or not – Aviation English is one of the most in-demand forms of English around the world. Why? Because English is the language of the skies.
Knowing other languages opens up opportunities - Letters The Star Online
DURING a question-and-answer session with Universiti Sains Malaysia students, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik was reported to have said that the quota ...
Merriam-Webster announces hardest words to spell in English language New York Daily News
Are you smarter than a spelling bee contestant? If you can spell these words, you might be.
Turkey publishes Quran translation in Amharic language Anadolu Agency
ADDIS ABABA. The Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDV) has published the Muslim holy book Quran with Amharic translation for Ethiopian Muslims. Some 15,000 ...
Eight-Year-Old Chennai Boy Can Read, Write Over 106 Languages NDTV News
Eight-year-old polyglot Niall Thoguluva from Chennai can read and write as many as 106 languages. With the help of internet and YouTube he has learned a ...
23 St. Mary's high school graduates speak two languages SoMdNews.com
Maryland's seal of biliteracy program graduates 23 seniors from all three high schools in the county this year. Each student in the program is proficient in two ...
Language board to challenge court on its refusal to allow Jacob Zuma's lawyer to speak isiZulu - SowetanLIVE Sunday World
Language board to challenge court on its refusal to allow Jacob Zuma's lawyer to speak isiZulu SowetanLIVE Sunday World
The Pan South African Language Board (PanSalb) will pursue a meeting with chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to object to "the continuous assault and ...
The most beautiful Mayan words in the Spanish language Yucatán Expat Life
Can a word be beautiful? A linguist at INAH thinks so, especially Mayan words that have crept into the Spanish language in Yucatan. “My favorite Maya word that ...
In an effort to boost bilingual services, Fredericton updates its language policy CBC.ca
The City of Fredericton is making changes to its language policy in an effort to better serve bilingual residents.
Want to learn to speak High Valyrian? Duolingo's 'Game of Thrones' lessons see spike in popularity - CNBC
Want to learn to speak High Valyrian? Duolingo's 'Game of Thrones' lessons see spike in popularity CNBC
If you want to learn to talk like the characters in the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones,” there's an app for that. Duolingo, No. 28 on the 2019 CNBC Disruptor 50 ...
Words matter: The Guardian announces updated climate crisis language Inhabitat
Words matter, and last week The Guardian announced it will start using more appropriately strong words that reflect the magnitude of the climate crisis. Instead ...
Pete Buttigieg’s Language Magic Is Textbook Polyglot Mythmaking The Atlantic
American culture is far from the first to glorify people who speak several languages.
Nearly half of white Republicans say it bothers them to hear people speaking foreign languages - The Washington Post
Nearly half of white Republicans say it bothers them to hear people speaking foreign languages The Washington Post
A new survey finds white Republicans are far more likely to be put off by foreign language speakers than their Democratic counterparts. According to Pew ...
Climate a driver of language diversity Phys.org
A region's climate has a greater impact than landscape on how many languages are spoken there, new research from The Australian National University (ANU) ...
Borobi Day gives local language a voice The Canberra Times
Borobi the koala will emerge from his post-Games hibernation for Borobi Day. The event will promote the usage of the local Yugambeh Aboriginal language from ...
The 'Game of Thrones' language that 1.2M people are learning CNN
More than a million people have signed up to learn one of the fictional languages from "Game of Thrones."
5 ways to champion vulnerable languages World Economic Forum
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. In doing this, it says, it wants to acknowledge ...
In Search of an Anti-Fascist Language Boston Review
In Search of an Anti-Fascist Language from Boston Review. As Germans learned after World War II, combatting fascist language is harder than just deleting ...
Google’s Translatotron converts one spoken language to another, no text involved TechCrunch
Every day we creep a little closer to Douglas Adams' famous and prescient babelfish. A new research project from Google takes spoken sentences in one ...
Language Institute teachers want to leave Davis, form new charter school in Modesto Modesto Bee
Teachers who earned kudos for educating refugee and immigrant students at the Language Institute in Modesto want to leave Davis High School and form a ...
Student mentors help pupils say ‘si’ to GCSE languages The Guardian
Undergraduates help secondary schools to reverse the decline in exam entries.
The Chase fans stunned as languages teacher gets worst possible question wrong Irish Mirror
The Chase viewers were in disbelief when a modern languages teacher got her words muddled.
Stratus Video and InDemand Interpreting Merge to Improve Language Access and Health Equity - Business Wire
Stratus Video and InDemand Interpreting Merge to Improve Language Access and Health Equity Business Wire
Stratus Video, one of the nation's leading language *service* providers, announced today their merger with InDemand Interpreting.
How a community of obscure language inventors made it big with ‘Game of Thrones’ - The Washington Post
How a community of obscure language inventors made it big with ‘Game of Thrones’ The Washington Post
A running joke in “Game of Thrones” has Peter Dinklage's character, Tyrion, repeatedly butchering the Valyrian language, despite his best efforts. In the episode ...
Merriam-Webster reveals the hardest words to spell in the English language Daily Mail
The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held in Washington, D.C. this coming weekend.
Interest in modern languages plummets across Northern Ireland Ed Exec
As reported by the Belfast Telegraph, one Belfast school has no language pupils at GCSE or A-level at all and general interest in these topics continues to fall.
Mind your language The Hindu
Sexist terms are often overlooked. It is important, now more than ever, to make statements gender neutral.
Software programming languages: which is best for your next project? TechRadar
BairesDev's Paul Azorín breaks down the most popular programming languages and offers advice on which to use for your next project.
Wolfram wants more developers to use its programming language SDTimes.com
Wolfram Research is announcing new efforts to give developers access to its computational programming language, the Wolfram Language. The company ...
The Mystery of Babies’ First Words The Atlantic
It's nearly impossible to discern when an infant's babbling turns into a fully formed word.
Michael Brendan Dougherty: My Father's Language The Atlantic
I made a vow to teach myself Irish, the language my mother struggled to learn, so that my daughters may learn it too.
WATCH: How IIT Madras-incubated GUVI is bridging the language divide and making life easy for recruiters - YourStory
WATCH: How IIT Madras-incubated GUVI is bridging the language divide and making life easy for recruiters YourStory
Meet the founders of GUVI, an online platform that lets engineers and developers learn the most in-demand programming skills in Indian languages. Here's how ...
China is blocking Wikipedia in every language Engadget
China has blocked Wikipedia to varying degrees over the years, but now that censorship appears to be farther-reaching. A recent Open Observatory of Network ...
Why China Blocked Wikipedia in All Languages Slate
Welcome to Source Notes, a Future Tense column about the internet's knowledge ecosystem. More on Source Notes · WikiLeaks Is Not a Wiki · How Katie ...
Facebook releases Pythia, a deep learning framework for vision and language multimodal research - Packt Hub
Facebook releases Pythia, a deep learning framework for vision and language multimodal research Packt Hub
We're open sourcing Pythia, a deep learning framework that supports multitasking for vision and language tasks. It's built on PyTorch, and researchers can use ...
David Seymour, wider public need to be conscious of their language - Tova O'Brien Newshub
Golriz Ghahraman's need for a security escort after David Seymour labelled her a "menace to freedom" shows MPs need to be more responsible with their ...
4 Programming Languages Every Cyber Security Professional Must Know Analytics India Magazine
Cybersecurity is not just about using a customised operating system with hundreds of tools to find vulnerabilities — it is something more than that.
Jason Garrett mentions “evolution” and “new language” under Kellen Moore Blogging The Boys
Ever since it became clear that Kellen Moore was going to become the next offensive coordinator for the Cowboys, everyone has been wondering what the ...
Why 'Run' Is The Most Complex Word in the English Language Mental Floss
English can be hard for other language speakers to learn. To use just one example, there are at least eight different ways of expressing events in the future, and ...
Modern language teaching ‘under threat from tough exams’ The Guardian
The exams regulator in England, Ofqual, is “killing off” modern languages by failing to address the excessive difficulty of language GCSE and A-level exams, ...
Chef Forrest Parker: Louis Osteen taught me the language of food, these are my favorite flavor memories - Charleston City Paper
Chef Forrest Parker: Louis Osteen taught me the language of food, these are my favorite flavor memories Charleston City Paper
We're born into a language of flavor. Just like object symbols in our dreams, our taste memory returns us to moments of loss, joy, desolation, infancy. It's said that ...
Edge of the Knife: The film in a language only 20 people speak BBC News
How the film Edge of the Knife could help save Haida, an indigenous language on Canada's west coast.
Self-taught Chennai boy reads and writes over 106 languages, speaks 10 Hindustan Times
An eight-year-old polyglot from Chennai has been attracting a lot of attention for his unique talent to read and write as many as 106 languages. With the help of ...
Google's AI can now translate your speech while keeping your voice MIT Technology Review
Researchers trained a neural network to map audio “voiceprints” from one language to another.
London’s refusal to discuss Ukraine language law points to double standards, says diplomat TASS
The West's rejection to hold a UNSC meeting on the language law «testifies to the fact [they] view the developments in Ukraine only in the context of their own ...
500 Days of Duolingo: What You Can (and Can’t) Learn From a Language App The New York Times
Free language learning apps often promise the world — but don't expect fluency from one. Here's what to expect before you sign up.
Eddie Izzard finds the funny in any language New York Post
Good luck trying to pigeonhole Eddie Izzard. The comedian is a straight, transgender man who self-identifies as a “radical moderate.” His standup act is as ...
Etched in bone: On the repatriation of indigenous languages ABC News
The precarity of language captured by the new documentary film Etched in Bone is a sobering reminder in this, the UN Year of Indigenous Languages, ...
Boys and girls sing the Mexican National Anthem in Maya language (VIDEO) The Yucatan Times
Lyrics that give us identity to the rest of the world, stanzas that speak of honor, respect and courage, were translated into Maya language to be sang by proud ...
Peter Pomerantsev: 'The language of protest is appropriated by the far right' Big Issue
Writer and academic Peter Pomerantsev wants to take down the online troll factories that are telling lies. The author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible ...
The origins of language discovered in music, mime and mimicry New Scientist
IN THE beginning was the word, and the word was… what? At least since biblical times, we have puzzled over the origins of language. It is, after all, one of the ...
Bring back the joy of learning languages The Guardian
Letters: Readers respond after the exams regulator Ofqual is accused of 'killing off' modern languages by marking them too harshly.
Photo: Connecting at the Language Cafe Lewiston Sun Journal
Winston Antoine Jr., left jokes in Spanish with Christina Tiberi, coordinator of the Language Cafe at Bear Bones Beer in Lewiston on Sunday afternoon. Antoine ...
Christian Science Monitor Examines Trump Administration's Objection To 'Sexual, Reproductive Health' Language At U.N. - Kaiser Family Foundation
Christian Science Monitor Examines Trump Administration's Objection To 'Sexual, Reproductive Health' Language At U.N. Kaiser Family Foundation
Christian Science Monitor: How U.S. abortion wars translated into battle over 4 words at U.N. “…After a couple of years of trying, the Trump administration ...
Language skill, job status can help crack Canada’s residency programme Economic Times
Express entry system for permanent residency visas awards points is based on how likely one is to succeed in the country.
Immigrants’ descendants lose the language — sadly Financial Times
Bilingualism is a boon and speaking two languages can be a positive advantage in the job market.
Jankunas and Westermann take on foreign language challenge Eurohoops
Leo Westermann and his captain Paulius Jankunas star in Zalgiris TV's latest episode of #ZalgirisChallenge. By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Language Shapes the Brain Scientific American
As Emperor Akihito steps down from the Chrysanthemum Throne in Japan's first abdication in 200 years, Naruhito officially becomes the new Emperor on May 1, ...
Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment The Guardian
From now, house style guide recommends terms such as 'climate crisis' and 'global heating'
EXCLUSIVE: Refinery29 Introduces French Language Edition WWD
PARIS — Refinery29 will now be offering *content* en français. The digital publisher has announced the launch of Refinery29 France, three years after the ...
Language is the most important part of a civilization CGTN
Editor's note: This is the fifth in the series of "MASTER TALK" interviews produced by CGTN Digital timed with the "Conference on Dialogue of Asian ...
NPR Review: 'The Candle And The Flame,' By Nafiza Azad NPR
Nafiza Azad creates a fantastical yet believable Silk Road city in her new young adult novel, building a world of humans and djinns, spices and sounds, woven ...
The Importance of IDNs in Local Languages in India: Nitin Wali, Neustar DATAQUEST
In this era of digital transformation, Voice, Video and Vernacular have clearly emerged as the three most important pillars of Digital India. With vernacular being ...
Language issue postpones Massillon rape case Canton Repository
CANTON A 26-year-old Massillon man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl will get a new interpreter to ensure he understands his court case.
Louisiana Senate Approves Anti-Abortion Language, Denies $9 Minimum Wage Big Easy Magazine
On Tuesday the Louisiana Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill to amend the state constitution to say that abortion is considered a protected right.
How Body Language Can Impact Your Business Success Forbes
From pitches to board meetings, your body language illustrates your confidence, your commitment and your intentions more than you may realize.
Johnson Foreign languages ought to be an asset for politicians—not a liability The Economist
IT SEEMS HARD to imagine, but once a British prime minister could not only aim to put Britain “at the heart of Europe”; he could say so in fluent French to the ...
OpenAI’s new language AI is available to try yourself Vox.com
An Elon-Musk-founded AI research lab just unveiled GPT-2, a pretty decent text generator.
English threatens Nigeria's native languages Deutsche Welle
Nigerian middle and upper classes increasingly speak English with their children. Linguists and writers worry about the survival of native languages, especially ...
Speaking the Same Language The Daily Memphian
Memphis 901 FC is off to a successful start in the city, in no small part due to the relationship built with the Latino/Hispanic community.
Language of the conqueror still puts down peasants at the plough Stuff.co.nz
OPINION: A reader has forwarded an email that by my estimate is 952½ years old.
Bridging the language barrier at NHRMC StarNewsOnline.com
Interpreter team helps patients from diverse backgrounds understand the care they need.
Your Illinois News Radar » Bluhm's “penalty box” language could apply to… Bluhm? - The Capitol Fax Blog
Your Illinois News Radar » Bluhm's “penalty box” language could apply to… Bluhm? The Capitol Fax Blog
Illinois is considering a three-year penalty box for daily fantasy sports companies that operated in the state previously. This is despite the fact that they operated ...
Yearbook Reveals San Pasqual Language Teachers' 'Insensitive' Photos NBC 7 San Diego
Yearbooks released to seniors at San Pasqual High School in Escondido revealed to some what some employees were hiding in plain sight all year long.
US Military Slashes Foreign-Language Training Foreign Policy
As U.S. President Donald Trump diverts more military resources to his long-promised wall with Mexico and seeks to reduce the United States' troop presence ...
Speech and language: the crown jewel of AI with Dr. Xuedong Huang Microsoft
When was the last time you had a meaningful conversation with your computer… and felt like it truly understood you? Well, if Dr. Xuedong Huang, a Microsoft ...
Kotlin is now Google’s preferred language for Android app development TechCrunch
Google today announced that the Kotlin programming language is now its preferred language for Android app developers. “Android development will become ...
Nashville Schools To Offer Kurdish Language Classes WAMU 88.5
Nashville's public schools are adding Kurdish to its list of world languages available for high school credit.
Psychologists discover enhanced language learning in synesthetes Medical Xpress
"When I see equations, I see the letters in colors. I don't know why," wrote Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. "I see vague pictures of Bessel ...
Banning immigrants’ languages can backfire. Just ask Ohio and Indiana. The Washington Post
When Ohio and Indiana tried to ban German in schools, it made German immigrants less likely to assimilate.
Swastika found drawn on desk at Newton middle school The Boston Globe
A student found the swastika drawn on the desk Monday morning, school officials said.
Learn to Speak Basic Chinese (Mandarin) Words and Phrases
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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 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!
GROUSE ... GROUSE ... GROUSE!!!
I realize that we here in the United States consider ourselves at the top rung of the educational ladder, if only for the fact that so many foreign language students are breaking their necks to come here to both study and live English.
7 Words Americans Should Stop Using Until Further Investigation
Relationship: Here is a word that is used to qualify, justify and honey coat just about every nefarious, sleazy or reprehensible union between almost anybody and anything. Recently on an edition of the Jerry Springer show a guest was about to be interviewed who was getting it on with a very close relative. Heckles, and murmurs flowed through the crowd from the moment they entered the room and much of the way through the interview. Everything quieted down instantly when Springer asked the question, using in this case the great justifier. He asked how long they had been having this relationship. The audience quieted at first then began to add their opinions and advice as if the word relationship provided all the civility and credence needed to put this obviously perverted affair back into the realm of respectability or at least acceptability. The word is used today to describe everything from marriages to the on-goings between a farmer and his barn animals. This is an overused word that has elevated some of the worst unions in history to a place they hardly deserve.
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 head in his hands, and mumbling various lists of words over and over. Does this child remind you of your own experience? If yes, I bet that "list of words" does not sound appealing to you. You are almost ready to swear that they do not work. Before you mortgage your part of paradise, it may be wise to make sure you are right.
Aphasia: The Cruelest Language Barrier
Imagine the following scenario: You wake up one morning and instead of speaking English, everyone around you--including your family and friends--is speaking Hungarian. This is a problem because you don't speak Hungarian and you don't have a clue what they're saying. You become frustrated. The people around you become frustrated, too, but instead of switching back to English, they speak Hungarian more loudly.
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.
Why an EarlyAGE 2nd Language?
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!
Learn Korean: Part 2 - Social Status in Culture
Part 1 of this series covered the language and language families in general for the Asian languages. Part 2 will cover the social conduct that is seen throughout Asian countries.
Teaching English in Greece - What Do You Need to Know?
The employment situation can be quite uncertain for newcomers to Greece and therefore many people choose to try teaching English as a foreign language, on a full or part-time basis. It can bring in a good income whether it is your preferred career choice, or you wish to do it short-term until another career choice pans out. Qualifications and Experience There are many language schools or frontistiria in Athens and all over Greece, to which you could apply for work. In order to get a job in one of these schools, it is still not strictly necessary to have a formal teaching qualification such as TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Often all that is required is a university degree (in any subject) from a UK or US university. That said, if you are uncertain about your ability to teach English and want to ensure that you start off in this line of work with the necessary skills, a course would be useful. It would provide you with some teaching theory, knowledge of English grammar (let's face it, many of us have never formally studied English grammar in any great depth, even though we speak and write English everyday) and give you some valuable experience of teaching in a classroom, since this is included in most courses. When applying for jobs, you will find vacancies that specify that previous teaching experience is required and others for which no experience is necessary. It does not matter if you do not speak a lot of Greek. Native English speakers are often valued for other reasons such as having what is seen as a "proper" accent. Many people also swear by the approach of not speaking your students' language, so that they hear only English being spoken for the duration of the lesson. You will find ways to make yourself understood. In my experience of language teaching, it can even be counter-productive if your students know that you speak their language well, because they may be too easily tempted to speak to you in Greek when they find it hard going. Finding work Teaching English as a foreign language jobs are widely advertised in newspapers and on the Internet all year round and most often from August to October. As well as applying before in Greece, you can also go to door-to-door around the frontistiria with your CV, again in the August to October period. If you are visiting them in person, it is not recommended that you spend time doing this any earlier than August because the schools often do not consider their recruitment needs much before the beginning of the academic year. Pay and working conditions Pay and conditions offered by language schools will vary enormously, so it is important to check these out in detail first before accepting a contract. If time is on your side, it may be worth speaking to several schools rather than taking the first job you are offered. Also, if you work in a frontistirio it is quite likely that you will be working mainly in the afternoons and evenings, since this is when children and adults are free to take their lessons. Making some extra money Many people who teach English as a foreign language in a school, also do private English on the side and this can become a lucrative activity in itself. Working in a language school for a few months is a good way to meet students and advertise the fact that you do private English lessons, on a one-to-one basis. It can be difficult to get the first few, but then through word of mouth, you'll get more if you do a good job ? that great social network of mums and dads on the school run can work wonders! The University of Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) exam system seems to be the most widely known and respected in Greece, many people who want to be taught privately are preparing to sit a Cambridge exam or some other type of test. It is worth familiarising yourself with the system ? there is an enormous amount of free information on the Internet, including lesson plans, tips, exam practice etc. The exams which are most commonly sat by students are the "First Certificate in English" (which many people still refer to by its old name: "Lower"), "Certificate of Proficiency in English" (known as "Proficiency"), and "Certificate in Advanced English" (commonly referred to as "Advanced"). More information is available from the Cambridge ESOL web site (www.cambridgeesol.org). What private students will want from you varies a great deal. Some may just want a conversation class, others may just be starting on the Cambridge examinations path and there will be some who are already at a very high level and may need detailed coaching on specific grammar points or on vocabulary for a particular purpose e.g. business English. And given these differences, the amount of preparation required on your part and the fee per hour you are able to charge will probably vary too. I will finish with a word on advertising. My experience has been that I have paid out money for two newspaper ads, which got back zero replies! What has worked well for me is local advertising - you need to use your imagination. I put a card in local shops and a small notice in the back window of my car and you can see people reading it at every traffic light! Just beware of getting calls on your mobile phone while you're driving - not good! As I said before, word of mouth should kick in too once you have your first couple of lessons.
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.
Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery (Part 1)
What? Kanji can be learned quickly? This seems an impossible dream to many students of Japanese who come from a non-kanji language culture. Even hiragana and katakana seem impossibly hard to the average beginner, so remembering kanji, with all their intricate strokes and multiple readings, can appear to be beyond the abilities of the human mind.
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.
Online IELTS Preparation - Why Does It Make Sense?
Because IELTS is a difficult test. While most agree that IELTS is a reasonable test, it is generally regarded as one of the most challenging tests of its type.
Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery (Part 2)
In Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery Part 1, we looked at mnemonic methods devised by James Heisig and Kenneth Henshall to speed-up kanji acquisition. We saw how their techniques activate the imagination by assigning different meanings individual elements of each kanji. But perhaps these methods do not work so well for you. If you are more of a visual learner, what are your options for rapid kanji assimilation?
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?
Learning a Foreign Language: the Ventriloquists Lesson
The main feature you have to master, in order to call yourself a ventriloquist, is to speak without moving your lips. It is not that difficult. There is a trick, of course. The sounds M, B and P make your lips move, as make the sounds V and F but in a lesser way. So, in order to be a ventriloquist, you should ban any word with m, b or p inside and avoid to pronounce f-v words. If your name is Mabel or Patrick, choose a stage name!
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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