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Why We Need to Apply the Third Metric to Language Education

Mila Golovine | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Mila Golovine

We must take care of our well-being, cultivate our wisdom, maintain our sense of wonder and show our willingness to give. The combination of these four pillars can help us enjoy the ride -- enjoy the process of learning, acquiring new knowledge and investing in our human capital.

How to Encourage Young Children to Start Talking and Expressing Themselves

Catriona Wallis | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Catriona Wallis

Helping children develop their language supports their ability to communicate and express their feelings and better understand yours. Learning to use and understand language is the first vital step towards literacy, providing the basis for learning to read and write.

Boiling It Down: This Essay Is Awesome

Harold Nonken | Posted 06.30.2014 | Comedy
Harold Nonken

It strikes me as strange, if not weird, that if something is so profound that it inspires awe -- then shouldn't it be full of awe? Is anything beautisome? Wondersome? Faithsome?

Language Controversy: My Queer History and the Fur Coat in The Garbage

Corvette Hunt | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Corvette Hunt

I grew up with a name that held a great level of shame for me. Eventually I went to New York and left my entire name behind to go in search of a new one.

'The Language Gap' -- Liberal Guilt Creates Another Not-So-Magic Bullet

Susan D. Blum | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Susan D. Blum

Well-meaning liberal academics are attempting a magic solution to what is indeed a heartbreakingly enduring reality: Social inequality is inherited -- not biologically, but socially.

Can You Learn a Language While Living In Another Country?

Zack Simon | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Zack Simon

The topic of this week's post was inspired by a question a friend of mine posed to me. After reading my blog, she asked how easy it is to learn a lang...

Reading To Kill a Mockingbird With My Daughter

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

Her voice carried the panic of a swimmer recognizing the undertow too late. She thrashed against the words, terrified of drowning in them.

Verbal Safe Haven

Lianna Serko | Posted 06.18.2014 | College
Lianna Serko

I think it is human nature for people to be wary of the way others perceive and interpret their thoughts. And I think that this is the root of the trend to tend towards expressing our beliefs in terms of "feeling" rather than "thinking."

8 Must-Reads For Language Lovers

Alena Graedon | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Alena Graedon

There are, in fact, many excellent books about books and words. Here are just a few.

13 Common Words You Are Probably Mixing Up

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 04.17.2014 | Fifty

For some reason, people just can't seem to get the difference between "they're" and "their" and "there." One is a contraction of they are, one is the ...

Stop Saying 'Rape' Out of Context

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 06.16.2014 | Women
Amelia Shroyer

When I hear the word "rape," especially when it is used out of context, it makes me extremely uncomfortable. It can make me feel unsafe -- either physically or emotionally -- in the company of the people who've said it. It is painful; it makes me feel ashamed, used, and violated all over again.

Code-Switching with the Language of Social Media

Simon Tam | Posted 06.15.2014 | Technology
Simon Tam

In recent years, an entire lexicon of digital language, with its own jargon and rules, appeared before our eyes. But what happens when you can't connect with your audience?

RuPaul's Drag Race and the Danger of Overpolicing Language

Our Lady J | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Our Lady J

Drag is punk and should never be subjected to politically correct ideals. The moment it stops provoking is the moment it fails as an art form. Trans people are forever indebted to drag for the mainstream explosion of gender as we see it today.

No Results Found

Lisbeth Darsh | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Lisbeth Darsh

What do we call those people who don't think women should take a back seat, a second place or a lower rung on the ladder because we have vaginas and breasts? What word should replace "feminist"?

What Your Cat's Body Language Is Really Saying

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Comedy

Cats are cute. Cats are cuddly. Cats are quirky. Cats often do things that seemingly have no rhyme or reason at all... or do they? Pleated Jeans ha...

You Tawkin' to Me?

Michael Drew | Posted 06.10.2014 | Books
Michael Drew

The way you speak can mean certain things to certain listeners. You might not have an accent when you write, but you should always address your reader as if he doesn't quite understand what you're going to say.

How Not to Sound More Erudite

Alice Bean | Posted 06.08.2014 | Science
Alice Bean

As a physicist, I notice that people commonly use terms with physics connotations that just baffle me.

A Soulful Music Man: An Interview With Tomás Doncker

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 06.01.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

If you ask him where home is: He most likely will say: "Anywhere from Brooklyn to Ethiopia and everywhere in-between. I'm a citizen of the planet."

Speak Softly If You Mean Business

Kristina DiPalo | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
Kristina DiPalo

If language both reflects and shapes a world-view, business language conveys a deeply masculine tone that leaves little tolerance for anything remotely feminine. In a free market of bare-knuckled competition, there is no room for softness.

Is Your Usage Right When You Say 'Grammar'?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.25.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

People love to write about writing. All too often, these pieces are titled "10 essential grammar tips" or the like, and the author proceeds to talk about common errors in writing that aren't actually grammatical in nature, or he or she compares anvils and oranges.

Women in the U.S. Are Still Second-Class Citizens: Not Interested? You Should Be

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

Despite the progress women have made in the last several decades, they are still treated like second-class citizens in all the ways that matter. Caring about the equal treatment of women in society doesn't make people feminists -- it makes them good humans.

Responding to a Community: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

How to Travel Like a Local in Barbados

Travelzoo | Posted 05.20.2014 | Travel
Travelzoo

When I say Barbados, I probably don't need to tell you about the dozens of white-sand beaches, the friendly Bajans, the rum. I'll leave you to the guidebooks for more factoids and instead tell you what I wish someone told me before my first stay on island.

Can Learning a New Language Boost Your Creativity?

Zack Simon | Posted 05.20.2014 | Education
Zack Simon

Did Hemmingway's foreign language abilities help him write books like The Sun Also Rises and win a Nobel Prize in literature? Research suggests it certainly didn't hurt. Creativity, though, is ultimately what you make of it.

Are You Guilty of Using These Malapropisms?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

To set things straight -- and with a nod to Mrs. Malaprop (go on, Google it) -- I offer the following glossary, with which all writers, editors, and other communicators should become familiar.