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Why I'm Not a Grammar Freak

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 10.16.2012 | Teen
Alexis Jane Torre

My biggest reason for not being a grammar freak is that a grammar error has never really stopped me from understanding what's being said.

A Teacher's Reach: A Vietnamese-American Writer Remembers His First Teacher

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.13.2012 | Education
Andrew Lam

The man who stood at the entrance to my New World was my first English teacher, Ernie Kaeselau. He passed away recently, and though I hadn't seen him in decades, the news of his demise left me unexpectedly bereft.

Opinion: Engineers Aren't Smarter Than English Majors

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Meredith Wade There are a million different types of intelligence, most of which are pretty difficult to quantify. Shocking, I know. But it’s ...

Firefighters Use Flashcards To Understand Spanish-Speakers

Posted 07.02.2012 | Latino Voices

Axe? Check. Fire extinguisher? Check. Spanish flashcards? Er... Starting this week, firefighters in Knoxville, Tennessee will be adding one more to...

The Right Prompt

Lauren Wong | Posted 05.21.2012 | Teen
Lauren Wong

We are unprepared for a future where writing more often than not consists of quick reports and write-ups, persuasive pitches and creative presentations -- in other words, a world that does not require an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

How To Get The Best Cash-Paying Jobs Abroad

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.09.2012 | Travel
Off Track Planet

When your budget approaches the big "O" halfway across the world, everything becomes less peaches and sunshine and more hunger pangs and angry fits. Luckily, you don't need a trunk of Portuguese gold to turn the situation around.

DPS Proposes Spending Increase, Extended School Days

Posted 02.02.2012 | Denver

Denver Public Schools proposed a spending increase of approximately $11 million for English-Language Learners (ELLs) and to extend the school day for...

Why My Boyfriend Has a Hook for a Hand

Ali MacLean | Posted 03.11.2012 | Comedy
Ali MacLean

So, when you meet Tim, just don't mention the, you know. I mean, time has passed but he's still a bit sensitive about it and all. It totally wasn't hi...

Word Play: The Language Wars

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.14.2012 | Home
Fern Siegel

Arguing about proper English usage has been going on for centuries. According to Henry Hitchings in The Language Wars, verbal mistakes -- and disputes -- are legion, from Shakespeare's time to our own.

Astoria Characters: The Well-Engineered Family

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.28.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Jarda Nehybka never thought he'd have a wife and two tow-headed toddlers, not at this age, 69.

In Search of, Like, Eloquence: Language Zen for College Grads

Rob Asghar | Posted 01.11.2012 | Home
Rob Asghar

Here's the beginner phase: Drop the word like. By using such teen Valley-speak, or Kardashian-speak, you dropped your IQ, in the minds of others, by no less than 20 points.

WATCH: Are You A Party Pooper?

Posted 01.08.2012 | Comedy

Over the past few weeks, German vlogger Flula Borg has more than entertained us by explaining the American idioms that confuse him as he learns Englis...

Astoria Characters: The Woman Clothed in History

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.02.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Pearl Gould's Uncle Elie and Aunt Esther started the Broadway Silk Store during the Great Depression, and it looks much as it did when Hoover was president. Like Pearl, it's stitched together by time.

To Speak Or Not To Speak.. Spanish

Posted 12.26.2011 | Latino Voices

Does speaking English and Spanish fluently make you less American? Is bilingualism a hindrance to the American dream? As the nation’s Latino pop...

Confession of a Judgmental Latina

Voto Latino | Posted 12.25.2011 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

It was quite a shock to meet three Latinas who weren't fluent, and I let them know many times how weird it seemed to me. I'm embarrassed about it now, but I questioned their Latina identity. Like who made me the arbiter of who is and isn't Latino?

Brazil Learns To Speak English

GlobalPost | Jill Langlois | Posted 12.05.2011 | Home

SAO PAULO, Brazil — “Stand in the wall, run through the net, pick up the ball, hit the wall, and throw up,” said the teacher, in English, at a r...

As Central Asia Fragments, Could English Be the Answer?

Cleo Paskal | Posted 11.15.2011 | Home
Cleo Paskal

On Christmas Day, 1991, five new countries were born. This year Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan turn 20. A lot has changed.

How Will Personal-Feedback Loops Affect the Hispanic Population?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 10.20.2011 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Could a personal-feedback loop help recent immigrants learn English more quickly? Might the idea be applied to concepts like voter registration or proper prenatal care, both of which are issues within the Latino population?

"The French Connection"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 09.25.2011 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Excusez-moi, s'il vous plait. I should say I'll always have Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, where I recently spent eight minutes (huit minutes) sprinting from one airplane (l'avion) to another.

Lost and Found Brings New Year, Same David Gray

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.04.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

What a difference a year doesn't make. Last summer, I sat down with David Gray in SoHo and discussed his new album and tour. Last Friday, I chatted w...

"Bezaubern" Zurich on a Short Business Trip

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.27.2011 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

Feasting my eyes on hand-made Swiss chocolate while on a business trip to Zurich was sheer nirvana. We're talking serious chocolate, the kind made fresh daily by hand in front of admiring aficionados.

What the !#$@%*?: Will the Rise of Spanish Redefine Indecency?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.26.2011 | Media
Daniel Cubias

It stands to reason that as America grows more multilingual, we'll hear more Spanish on the airwaves. And some of that Spanish will be of the naughty variety.

Can Language Influence Your Sex Personality?

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 07.18.2011 | Style
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

In speaking multiple languages, you could potentially have "multiple personalities" in the sack, exponentially increasing the passion potential in your boudoir as you keep things fresh and exciting in Swedish, German, Spanish, Italian...

7 Quirky Ways Students Learn Shakespeare

Posted 07.10.2011 | Education

Springtime may bring April showers and May flowers, but the spring weather also brings students out to parks to perform Shakespeare. Outdoor public ...

Last Gasp: Q&A With Osama bin Laden

John Bobey | Posted 07.11.2011 | Comedy
John Bobey

Osama... Osama bin Laden -- is that you? Yes, yes it is -- who is this? It's me, John Bobey.