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Judge Orders State To Take Additional Steps To Help Those With Limited English Vote

AP | By BECKY BOHRER | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered the state to take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Native voters with ...

A Plea For Linguistic Tolerance

Ammon Shea | Posted 09.08.2014 | Books
Ammon Shea

The English language is not sick.

Why Are Americans Butchering the English Language?

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Nancy Graham Holm

It's not too late to draw a line in the sand. We must be vigilant and protect our English pronouns from further abuse.

Why I Write

Edie Weinstein | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

When I comes right down to it, like many wordsmiths, I write simply because (as grammatically incorrect as it sounds) I "can't not write." What a lovely addiction by which I am plagued.

Gene Simmons To Immigrants: 'Learn Goddamn English'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.11.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Gene Simmons, nee Chaim Witz, immigrated to the United States with his mother when he was eight years old. In the 56 years since, Simmons has carved o...

The Need For Common Language In a Society

Gil Laroya | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
Gil Laroya

The question of why a society functions better when its native language is spoken is a very basic one, with obvious answers. So why then, do so many immigrants, many who have lived here for more than 5 years, not speak English?

Bully/Nerd

Josh Stein-Sapir | Posted 07.24.2014 | Media
Josh Stein-Sapir

If a person is going to make an argument or declaration that includes facts or even just an effort to persuade, then they must at least adhere to the lowest common denominator of a written argument to be taken seriously.

Can Digital Devices Replace Interpreters?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.08.2014 | Technology
Lydia L. Callis

There is comfort in being able to communicate without regard to time or distance but somehow all this personal contact seems so impersonal, so two dimensional, so unnatural... Are we all truly eager to replace all human interaction with virtual realities?

Why Grammar Is Important

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

In high school or college, students of Asian heritage have the reputation of making the highest grades in the class, and the average American student ...

Applying the Right Technology for English Language Learners

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

There are numerous barriers in place when it comes to the instruction of English Language Learners (ELLs) in America's K-12 schools. There is the obvi...

The Importance of Being Fluent in the Language of Texting

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Technology
Dr. Peggy Drexler

If conversation is an art, art takes practice. Today, that practice time is used up screen-to-screen, rather than face-to-face or through composing a well-constructed letter. And yet the reports of the death of eloquent expression may be greatly exaggerated.

How to Live in a New York Minute

Pia de Jong | Posted 07.20.2014 | New York
Pia de Jong

I am often homesick for the pace of life in Holland. No one there is trying to cram three lifetimes into the minutes allotted for one. But, increasingly, I notice that the energy of New York feels right. I inhale it like air.

What Do You Call Your Mother in Law?

Denise Oliveira | Posted 07.09.2014 | Weddings
Denise Oliveira

Knowing what to call your mother-in-law may be easier in families and communities that still have a strong naming tradition.

Knighthood for Shakespeare

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

April 23 marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. On his birthday, I call for a posthumous knighthood for the flower of the English language.

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.

Farewell "Bi" for Now, Hello "Diverse!"

Gary North | Posted 06.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary North

I'm tired of scientists, sociologists, politicians and religious leaders pontificating on whether I exist.

How to Speak English Like the Irish On Paddy's Day

Benny Lewis | Posted 05.17.2014 | Travel
Benny Lewis

Listen and learn! And if you can't follow along, then you may be a plastic paddy.

More Than 2,000 Schools Adopt Grassroots Campaign To End The Use Of The 'R-Word'

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact

You've heard it said, you may have spoken the word yourself, but Soeren Palumbo and Timbo Shriver are intent on eradicating it from the English langua...

To the People That Are Offended by the Word 'A**hole'

Sarah Fader | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

It's okay to feel frustrated with your children. It is okay to be angry at not being able to control a situation. We are all humans, including our kids, and hence, we are not perfect. We're deeply flawed creatures. A part of being flawed is recognizing that we may have angry thoughts related to our children when we are having a bad parenting day.

13 Words You Probably Didn't Know Were Coined By Authors

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

Shakespeare isn't the be-all and end-all of course (that's another of his by the way). English has had its fair share of literary giants over the years who, from Chaucer and Milton to Dickens and even Dr. Seuss, have each contributed words to our language.

Killing Them Softly

Kanan Dhru | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Kanan Dhru

The pressures of modernity have resulted in many casualties. In this battle between the head and the heart, the language with international acceptability, the language of future and opportunities and the language required for basic survival in today's world is likely to win hands down.

What I Learned Recently...

Malcolm Levene | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Malcolm Levene

Maintain an optimistic view of life, even when not in the frame of mind to do so.

Why You Should Become A Teacher

Babs Nichols | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Babs Nichols

2014-01-27-Chalkboard_eraser_Waldorf_School_East_Lexington_MA.jpgDespite popular rhetoric, public schools are not "failing." In fact, in most ways they are succeeding. I stay because what I've learned in 29 years is that my job is one of the ones that matters most.

College Composition As Critical Thinking

Joe Kraus | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Joe Kraus

Almost everyone dreads it -- trust me, I've seen enough faces on the first day of the semester -- but most walk away from it pleasantly surprised.

What Asia Can Learn From Philippines About English Education

Amy Chavez | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Amy Chavez

According to an Educational Testing Service (ETS) ranking based on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for 2010, the Philippines ranked 35th out of 163 countries world wide.