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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

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.

How to Use the Magic of Language to Effectively Talk to Your Customers

Carol Morgan | Posted 04.04.2016 | Women
Carol Morgan

Businesses have always had competition. But in the days of the internet and digital revolution, the pressure to gain and keep customers is more diffic...

Please Don't Say Unpack

Stanley Hainsworth | Posted 04.01.2016 | Business
Stanley Hainsworth

For the sake of the English language, please stop using the word 'unpack' (unless you are removing your travel essentials from a valise). How about: discover, uncover, reveal, unearth, expose, ascertain, discern, lay bare or just find out.

10 Ways to Sound Like a Local: St. Louis Edition

WHERE | Posted 04.01.2016 | Travel

By David Lancaster for Hard to believe, but St. Louis has its share of odd pronunciations and mysterious terms. Here's a decoder to...

Words Are Things

Barbara A. Bernard | Posted 03.31.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara A. Bernard

This story serves as a reminder to me that my house is not only the building I occupy but also the body I inhabit. What words surround me? What words do I use in my inner dialog? What words do I put out into the world?

7 Emotions That Can't Be Explained in English

Lynn Daue | Posted 03.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Lynn Daue

Occasionally, emotions that we can't identify well up within us, causing us to experience confusion over how to react.

Breaking: Teen Talk Is Totally Not Ruining Language

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 03.31.2016 | Arts

The death knell of language-as-we-know-it is sounded so often, it’s beginning to seem more like a false alarm. Last year, Oxford Dictionaries annou...

A Mid-20s Single Girl Shares the Ultimate Guide to Learn 3 Different Languages at the Same Time

Davis Truyen | Posted 03.30.2016 | Education
Davis Truyen

Learning foreign language becomes important and necessary for those who want to have a big change in their future career. Language is not only a communication tool but also a main bridge leading to the endless knowledge source of human wisdom.

Could the Language Barrier Actually Fall Within the Next 10 Years?

The Conversation US | Posted 03.28.2016 | Technology
The Conversation US

Wouldn't it be wonderful to travel to a foreign country without having to worry about the nuisance of communicating in a different language?

Don´t Make These Mistakes in English

Delfín Carbonell | Posted 03.24.2016 | Latino Voices
Delfín Carbonell

I envy editors who are flooded with mistakes, poor syntax, ill-chosen vocabulary, blatant grammatical errors. They can feel on top of the cultural world.

Cutting-Edge Research Leads to More Targeted and Effective Home Health Care

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

While there is still much to learn, the active research now underway in the home health care field means that we will only get better at delivering targeted, cost-effective home care in the future.

Are You a Victim of Language Discrimination?

Delfín Carbonell | Posted 03.21.2016 | Latino Voices
Delfín Carbonell

Society is not the way we would like it to be, but rather the way it is. We all agree that there is plenty of injustice going around, and our rights as human beings are trespassed constantly.

Trump’s Speeches Are At A Middle-School Reading Level, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 03.18.2016 | Science

Donald Trump’s campaign speeches are written at a lower grade level than those of other leading presidential candidates, a new analysis from Carnegi...

An Open Letter to Xenophobes, Bigots and Racists Alike!

Fadumo Mohamed | Posted 03.16.2016 | Religion
Fadumo Mohamed

I will never give you the power to allow my heart to hate. I will never give you the power to control my emotions. I will not allow you to let my heart hate. Your actions, as repulsive as they are, will never change the person that I am. My character and actions are mutually exclusive from your propagation of hated and the sadistic manifestation of the feelings you harbor.

What Would Jesus Say About Trump's Violent Rhetoric?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

Those -- including Trump -- who defensively insist that his vicious verbal attacks on Mexicans, Muslims, women and others, have nothing to do with near-riots at his speaking events are fooling themselves.

The Most Fascinating Work Facebook Is Doing In Machine Learning

Quora | Posted 03.15.2016 | Technology

What are the most interesting things Facebook is doing in ML research? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling q...

Let's Stop Calling Substance Use Disorder 'Substance Abuse'

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 03.14.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

To include such a stigmatizing and shaming word in our conversations about substance use disorder is to continue to frame addiction as a moral failing on the part of an individual rather than a preventable and treatable health condition.