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5 Reasons Why Your Kid Should Learn French!

Dominique Hoppe | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Dominique Hoppe

In fact, virtually any career, public or private, is given a boost with knowledge of a foreign language. But why French?

Basic Arabic: Waheed Samy's Definitive Tome

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Magda Abu-Fadil

Those cut out to be teachers are a breed apart. The good ones, who make a difference in people's lives, are priceless gems cherished long after they'r...

5 Words You're Probably Misusing

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.13.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

In the game of Telephone, by the time the message reaches the last player in the queue, it usually bears little resemblance to the initial utterance. With that in mind, here are some words that many people use frequently -- and incorrectly.

Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.03.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

He felt classical Arabic should be the object of modernization, not spoken colloquial Arabic in all its permutations, and was instrumental in the establishment of "Al Majma' Al Loghawi" (The Arabic Language Academy) to attain that goal.

Finding The Words

Liz Madans | Posted 02.27.2014 | Education
Liz Madans

Are the old masters to be left alone to the practice of writing, while we watch and marvel from the sidelines? I know that everyone has a story to tell, but perhaps it is an English teacher's closeness to the words that renders the wistfulness almost ironic.

"Breakfast at Zezima's"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.25.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima Beer: It's not just for breakfast anymore. But the greatest beverage in the history of mankind, which guys often use to hook up with ...

Ode to My Graduating Daughter

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 02.12.2014 | Fifty
Sidonie Sawyer

Despite living in a privileged country where liberty is acquired, she knows well about the struggle of less privileged. She will gently coach those in need of advice or just a simple word of consolation. She is great with children.

Why Grammar Is Important

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.19.2013 | Parents
William B. Bradshaw

Not long ago I was at my dentist's office getting my teeth cleaned. The hygienist, who has gone back to community college to further her education, had a grammar question for me that arose from a history class.

Our Future Depends On Putting Tech Education At The Core

Cullen White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Cullen White

If we don't make technology education a priority, we will face a crisis of epic proportions. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 4.2 million jobs in IT and computing. There is no way we can fill those jobs with American students and an education system that doesn't adequately prepare them.

The Lake Wobegon Effect at California State Univeristy

William G. Tierney | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
William G. Tierney

California State University is inventing its own Lake Wobegon in dealing with entering freshmen who need to take remedial classes in math and English.

Abeer Saady: Egyptian Journalism Dynamo

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.16.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

She's a ball of fire, constantly moving, talking, acting, fighting for journalists' rights, documenting events on tough assignments, traveling, traini...

The English Language Used To Sound Like This

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 09.09.2013 | Books

As English continues to become the global go-to language, it's easy to forget that it was drastically different even just a few hundred years ago. The...

War Threatens Palmyra, UNESCO Pleads for Syrian Heritage Protection

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.01.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's another urgent call to protect Syria's irreplaceable historical sites amidst the fog of war, loss of life and limb, and steady drumbeat of outsid...

Americans Think It's 'Essential' That Immigrants Do This

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.09.2013 | Latino Voices

Most Americans continue to think immigrants living in the U.S. should learn English. A recent poll by Gallup asked Americans how important it is t...

My American Beginning: Learning a New Language, Seeing A Future

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.01.2013 | Good News
Andrew Lam

Back then I thought English was a rather terse and ugly-sounding language -- you don't have to say much to get your points across, but speak it too long you risk hurting your throat. In America that fear became true.

Its Not Grammar... It's Grammar

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 09.23.2013 | Books
Tarun Sakhrani

How often does your phone automatically correct your words? How often has a coherent sentence become one of absolute gibberish or at least one that ...

The Language Trend I've Finally Embraced

Judith Natelli McLaughlin | Posted 09.10.2013 | Fifty
Judith Natelli McLaughlin

I am a lover of words. It says so in my bio and it has been going on for a very long time. I even made up the word ollymollymento somewhere in my sixth year of life. I'm not certain of its meaning, but I always liked the way it rolled off my tongue and sounded to my ear.

Kung Fu Secret Fighting Techniques: Available Soon in English

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.23.2013 | Sports
Andrew Lam

The lesson we are quickly learning in the 21st century is that no one owns culture. Some in Hong Kong may gripe about how cherished Southern Chinese fighting secrets are now literally an open book, but they may be surprised to find that Chinese kung fu itself not purely Chinese.

Roula Ayoubi R.I.P., A Valiant Lebanese Journalist

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.10.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

I met her once, but I already knew her. Roula Ayoubi was that distinctive voice I heard countless times on the BBC's Arabic Service newscasts reporti...

9 Books to Get Kids Hooked on Reading for Life

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.03.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

From the classics to more recent must-reads, fantasy to funny, these essential books will engage, entertain and maybe even enlighten kids and teens.

Ali "No Problem" Almarrany, Yemen's Inspiration Media Miracle

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.02.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Try getting on TV if you're telegenic with an instinct for news. Try again if you lost an eye as a poverty-stricken child from Yemen where even your r...

Who's Afraid of a Little Literary Theory?

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 07.01.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

I study, teach, and write about things that non-English professors also encounter every day: words and images. Yet when English profs teach these materials in the classroom, and especially when we write about them in academic journals or scholarly books, we sound different.

Bassem Youssef's Punchlines Wound Egypt's Rulers

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.02.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

One can't keep track of multiple events on the dizzying Egyptian media landscape. But Bassem Youssef and his run-ins with authorities over charges o...

Robyn Hitchcock Celebrates His 60th Birthday with a Fine New Rock Album

Steven Rosen | Posted 05.04.2013 | Fifty
Steven Rosen

The English musician Robyn Hitchcock, who turned 60 on March 3, says this in the press notes for his new album, Love From London: "Rock and roll is an old man's game now, so I'm staying in it."

The Evolution Of English Words And Phrases Since 1520

Technology Review | Posted 02.11.2013 | Technology

The digitisation of the world's books reveals how the popularity of English words and phrases has evolved since the 16th century. And the Top 100 lis...