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Here's Why Spanish Isn’t Really A Foreign Language In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 05.27.2016 | Latino Voices

Anyone who’s ever enrolled in a Spanish class knows that schools generally refer to it as a “foreign language.” Most of us repeat the phrase unc...

Why I Left My 'Ex'

Glenn Martin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Glenn Martin

May 4th was a day I'd been anticipating for some time. That was the day Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, who heads the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice, publicly announced a new agency-wide policy directing her staff to stop using "disparaging labels" like "ex-convict" and "ex-felon" in all their communications.

It's Finally Time To Stop Making Fun Of People Who Stutter

Madeline Wahl | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Madeline Wahl

I've surrounded myself with people who are fighting for those who stutter, and I've never been happier. While the journey is full of tasteless jokes and ignorance, there will always be those who help guide the way in compassion and understanding.

A Different Kind of Word Gap

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

Contradictory evidence is emerging as researchers attempt to replicate Hart and Risely's study. In short, there seems to be tremendous variation in the number of words that children in different households and communities are exposed to, as well as in their quality.

12 Sayings About Falling In Love You've Probably Never Heard Before

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 05.18.2016 | Weddings

Falling in love is a wonderful feeling that is often hard to put into words. Perhaps that's why every language has its own unique ways of trying to de...

Surprise! English Is Not The Only American Language

Geraldine Estevez | Posted 05.19.2016 | Latino Voices
Geraldine Estevez

Chances are, if you haven't heard the phrase "You're in America, speak English," someone you know has, perhaps your grandmother, mother or a primo who recently moved to the United States.

Earthquake

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.16.2016 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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We May Never Know Why the Word 'Moist' Is So Terrible

Science of Us | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

There's something about this explanation that feels just a little unsatisfying. Phlegm, after all, isn't nearly as widely maligned. Damp doesn't inspire the same sense of squeamishness in so many people. There has to be something else at play.

How to Raise Bilingual Children

Delfín Carbonell | Posted 05.11.2016 | Latino Voices
Delfín Carbonell

In the U.S. I wanted my two daughters to speak Spanish fluently and I never used English with them. When the three of us moved to Madrid I informed them that we were going to change languages.

Communication: Your Child's Key to a Bright Future

Byron Garrett | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Byron Garrett

Our world is drastically different than when I was growing up. It seems to me that we're always in touch with each other. That's a good thing for peop...

The Future of Music: The Language of Diplomacy

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 05.09.2016 | Arts
Montclair Diplomats

Through the combination of diplomacy and technology we are becoming a more integrated society. Music is the proof and leading language used to help keep us mixing and interacting with each other and each other's content.

Enriching Relationships With Humor

Barbara A. Bernard | Posted 05.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara A. Bernard

As soon as you understand the difference between humor and sarcasm, and choose to be compassionate, you'll be experiencing another rich facet of living in discovery.

American Civil Revolution

T Statman | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
T Statman

Is America starting a period of a Civil Revolution? Ideological differences are seemingly tearing this country apart. Racism still exists. Class warfa...

Creating My Reality

Barbara A. Bernard | Posted 04.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara A. Bernard

When I speak, I get to decide which words will resonate in my body and be heard in the outer world. It's a way of being more compassionate toward myself and others, another bonus from living in discovery.

Is it Okay to Use 'Okay'? The Difference Between What Adults Mean and What Children Hear

Yvonne Gustafson | Posted 04.22.2016 | Parents
Yvonne Gustafson

Asking for agreement is appropriate when the child has a real choice and when you are modeling manners, but when you are not offering a choice, ask yourself: Is it really okay to use okay?

"Sun & Moon" Poetry

Meg DeBussey | Posted 04.21.2016 | Arts
Meg DeBussey

The sun shine singes my skin In prickly patches of abrasive tinges. Corrosive edges of Burnt starburst--bursting forth, Heavily heaved And collaps...

Learning Yiddish in Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Ellen Cassedy

The sky above was a brilliant blue, with puffy clouds, as I crossed the courtyard of Vilnius University on my way to Yiddish class.

Shifting the Language of Inner Space

Barbara A. Bernard | Posted 04.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara A. Bernard

When we shift the language of our inner space from limiting thoughts to a kind, compassionate voice that inspires and encourages us, we open ourselves up to worlds of possibility.

I'm Afraid To Speak Arabic On Southwest Airlines

Deanna Othman | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Deanna Othman

Like many people suspended thousands of feet in the air, often my first act after getting comfortable in my seat on a plane is to utter a brief prayer, asking God for protection on my journey. This prayer happens to be in Arabic

Tracking China's Political Change Through Dazibao Posters

ADST | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
ADST

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

Meaning What I Say

Barbara A. Bernard | Posted 04.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara A. Bernard

Do I still use a common word like awesome to express wonder or pleasure? Of course I do, but much less often than I used to. These days I really mean that word when I say it.

Current Politics and the "McCrory"

Harold Lloyd | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

North Carolina's governor Pat McCrory has repeatedly used a form of political dishonesty that lacks a well-recognized label. Lacking such a label, this tactic often goes unnoticed and unaddressed. To remedy this, I suggest a precise and well-earned label: a "McCrory."

Thoughts as Destiny

Barbara A. Bernard | Posted 04.06.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara A. Bernard

I've learned that noticing my thoughts is a powerful practice that allows me to change my thinking patterns and the words I use.

Should Women Call Other Women 'Dude'?

Rebecca Bohanan | Posted 04.05.2016 | Women
Rebecca Bohanan

Chill out, dude, you might be thinking. It's just slang, or whatever. But the words we use to describe women carry weight

My Transgender Life: "They" Deserve Your Respect Too

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 04.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

We humans like our boxes, and our labels. We have a need to use this to know where we fit in, and perhaps find others like us. I get this, and still there are times I struggle with it.