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"Take Our Country Back"? Think Again.

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Those immigrants -- then and now. ...

International Art English: The Joke That Forgot It Was Funny

ARTINFO | Posted 08.07.2013 | Arts

"International Art English" is back. The essay of the same name, penned by David Levine and Alix Rule and published in the online journal Triple Canop...

Does French Stand a Chance Against a Global English-language Tsunami?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Evelyn Leopold

French, once the language of high culture, kings and queens, and pin-striped diplomats, is drowning in a global tsunami of English usage in commerce, science, education -- and even at the multilingual United Nations.

The Immigration Debate: English Matters

Barbara Mujica | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Barbara Mujica

One aspect of the proposed immigration reform that has attracted little attention is the requirement that applicants for legal status show proficiency in English. The issue should be central to the discussion.

Composites: German Language and 'Things Fall Apart'

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2013 | Books
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

I read Things Fall Apart to find my past, but it defined my future. It helped me recognize the beauty of the English language and prepared me for life in a way that no book had ever done before.

Ginger Software Maps One Trillion English Sentences Online To Personalize Language Learning

Kevin Ducoff | Posted 07.24.2013 | Technology
Kevin Ducoff

The natural language software analyzes a user's mistakes in context, identifies them and presents the learner with short lessons to help them fix their recurring mistakes.

I Am Charles Ramsey and Sweet Brown: "You Do What You Have To Do" and "Aint Nobody Got Time For Dat"

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 07.10.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Many laugh when they watch the Charles Ramsey and Sweet Brown interviews, but the joke is really quite sad.

'Ultraconserved Words' From Last Ice Age Identified

| Posted 05.08.2013 | Science

By Elizabeth Norton If you've ever cringed when your parents said "groovy," you'll know that spoken language can have a brief shelf life. But freq...

Flammable or Inflammable

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

"Inactive" means not active; ""incapable" means not capable; "inseparable" means not separable; and on and on the examples go. It doesn't make sense that "inflammable" means flammable. But we need to keep in mind that it's not always easy to translate one language accurately into another.

3 Common Language Errors That Drive Me Crazy

Shelley Emling | Posted 07.01.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

There are common language mistakes that provoke the same response in me as fingernails on a blackboard. Here are just three of them. Feel free to add your own pet peeves in comments.

English Learning Students Are Growing Population

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 04.15.2013 | Latino Voices

MIAMI -- Duna Lopez started school in Miami last fall not knowing a single word of English. The 8-year-old girl from Barcelona, Spain, with dark blon...

LOL: Grading College Essays With a Computer Program?

Khanh Ho | Posted 06.06.2013 | College
Khanh Ho

The debates are all about drawing a line in the sand: a line of culture and merit and standards. This is all well and good until you realize that this line is constantly being redrawn, rubbed out, revisited.

Choosing Your Words Wisely Will Empower You And Those Around You

Cathy Chester | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

The vernacular of our language changes every day. Words that were used centuries ago may no longer exist today. They disappear, or change meaning or are no longer relevant in today's society. This week, I was disturbed by some words I read, words that were written by people I thought were intelligent and well educated.

Why Only Some Grammar Rules Are Breakable

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 04.11.2013 | Books
Dr. Joel Hoffman

A misguided debate is ranging over English grammar. It began when authors Patricia O'Conner and Steward Kellerman claimed in the Smithsonian that "most of what you know about grammar is wrong."

'Affect' or 'Effect'

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

For most people, it is difficult to know when and how to use "affect" and "effect." Their meanings and uses have stabilized in recent years, so let's sort this all out. It's really not all that difficult.

On the Topic of GREATNESS

Joshua Braff | Posted 01.16.2013 | Comedy
Joshua Braff

Muhammad Ali was the GREATEST of all time, at punching men into unconsciousness. Michael Jordan for human flight, Gretzky for hockey, The Babe for hitting, Julia Child for sautéing. Rampal for flute.

Sex Matters -- At Least in English

Ming Chen | Posted 01.06.2013 | College
Ming Chen

EF's English Proficiency Index's recent survey of 1.7 million adults from 54 countries has concluded that when it comes to adopting the world's lingua franca, females are outperforming males.

The Unifying Power of Language

Michael Benson | Posted 12.22.2012 | Education
Michael Benson

Recognizing that success in everyday American life is inexorably tied to one's ability to communicate in English is vitally important.

Where To Teach English For Non-English Teachers

Leora Novick | Posted 12.22.2012 | Travel
Leora Novick

While traveling through Spain I had the good fortune to be able to participate in two English immersion programs, Vaughan Town and Pueblo Ingles, respectively. Each week was magical, and nothing could have prepared me for the emotions I would feel after working so closely with these inspiring Spaniards.

Why Big German Words Like Vergangenbangenheit Carry Weight

Francis Levy | Posted 12.15.2012 | Books
Francis Levy

Big German compound words radiate authority. They're verbal weapons guaranteed to neutralize your opponent.

The Importance of English

Amy Wu | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Amy Wu

Hong Kong's English level is on the decline. Most people in Hong Kong know this, and treat it as yet another post-97 reality. Even worse, some educators and young people regard it with a shrug.

Jerry Seinfeld Writes in to The New York Times to Valiantly Defend 'Really?'

Vanity Fair | Posted 12.06.2012 | Comedy
Vanity Fair

On Monday, The New York Times published an exhaustive opinion piece by TV critic Neil Genzlinger about the "Really?" epidemic -- what he sees as a troublesome trend in which lazy comedy writers resort to the one-word rebuttal for a cheap laugh.

Are Immigrants Really All that Funny? Sofia Vergara Denied an Emmy, Again

Vanessa Perez | Posted 11.26.2012 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Perez

Sofia Vergara is an Emmy nominated actor and one of the leads in ABC's seven-time Emmy award-winning series "Modern Family." She is the hottest Latina actor of the moment. What do you mean no one can understand what she's saying?

Asshole Rising

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.07.2014 | Books
Stuart Whatley

Never was a word that you're not supposed to say naturalized in such a way.

Jennifer Lopez Now 'Owns' A Cable Network

Posted 09.13.2012 | Latino Voices

Jennifer Lopez already has her own production company, Nuyorican Productions, and now the former "American idol" judge will also be part-owner of a ca...