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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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Duolingo Adds Two Endangered Languages to Course Offerings
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One of the most precious assets a culture has is its language. There are roughly 7500 distinct languages spoken around the world today, but nearly half of them are at risk of disappearing for good. A way to preserve dying languages is to boost their ...


Facebook post language could predict depression Diagnosis, study finds
Researchers say that they can tell with "fair accuracy" whether or not someone will eventually be diagnosed with depression by the content of their Facebook posts. Veuer's Tony Spitz has the details. Buzz60.


Elders & Youth helps keep Native languages alive
There are 20 officially recognized indigenous languages in the state. The Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council has already said earlier in the year that most of those could vanish by the end of the century -- if the rates of loss ...

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New Study Explores How Dogs Understand Human Language
“We know that dogs have the capacity to process at least some aspects of human language since they can learn to follow verbal commands,” he said. “Previous research, however, suggests dogs may rely on many other cues to follow a verbal command, such ...
Do Dogs Understand Us? A New Study Shows How Dogs Process LanguageBustle
Dog Brains Reveal How Much Human Language They Actually UnderstandInverse
Dogs can understand language — and process spoken words similar to the way humans do, research findsThe Sun
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Owner reaches settlement in Richmond condo language dispute
Nearly three years after it was filed, a homeowner's human rights complaint about language used at his former condo building's strata meetings has been settled. It marks the end of the dispute between Andreas Kargut and the Wellington Court strata ...

Debate expert breaks down body language, tone and tension during McSally-Sinema debate
But their body language, tone, physical presentation — and, of course, the interplay between them during the unscripted finale — left impressions with voters, too. McSally and SInema portrayed themselves as dramatically different, said Aaron Kall ...

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AFI FEST World Cinema Lineup Boasts Seven Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders
This year is no exception: Seven possible Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contenders are in the lineup of 28 titles from 27 countries, including Cannes prize-winners “Capernaum” (Lebanon's Nadine Labaki, Sony Pictures Classics), “Shoplifters” (Japan's ...
AFI Fest's World Cinema Lineup Includes 7 Best Language Film Oscar EntriesSHOOT Online

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Katherine Times

CDU offers scholarship to preserve Indigenous language
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“Most people working at universities on Indigenous languages are non-Indigenous, and some who have been active for many years in language revival and maintenance for specific languages are looking to the next generation to continue this vital work,” Mr ...

The Guardian (blog)

How The Lonely Londoners extends the novel's language
The Guardian (blog)
Selvon provides enough new language to interest readers who might not be familiar with Trinidadian vernacular – but not enough to alienate them. He works a similar trick with the sound of his prose, which has a rhythm and texture all of its own. Even ...


Oscars Give More Power in Foreign Language Voting to LA Members (Exclusive)
The Academy has made more changes in voting in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars, giving Los Angeles-based members who do most of the work in the first round of voting a bigger say in which films are nominated. Larry Karaszewski ...

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