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Poetic Justice: Young Poets and the Good Society

Todd Breyfogle | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts
Todd Breyfogle

What happens when a group of young men and women -- all award-winning high school poets -- come together to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival? They, more than most, are the young custodians of the language and the creative forces of its future. And the future is bright indeed.

'Explore Umbria' With Steve McCurry

Paula H. Noe | Posted 07.29.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

Perugia is about an hour's train ride away from Spoleto, and Steve McCurry's exhibit there is fabulous. He is a terrific photojournalist, probably best known for his powerful National Geographic cover shot of the beautiful 'Afghan Girl' with the piercing eyes.

And Italian Bathrooms...

Paula H. Noe | Posted 07.28.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

I yearn for a bathroom that is perfect for me, and admit, sadly, that I haven't found it in Italy. The idea of a lovely, clean, spacious room for me t...

The Festival Is Over in Spoleto

Paula H. Noe | Posted 07.24.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

It is quiet again here in Spoleto, and that feels so good. The Festival Dei 2Mondi (Festival of 2 Worlds) ended with a glorious Final Concert in the Duomo Piazza, complete with American show tunes from the 50s and 60s!

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?

War, Words, Vocabulary & Media Ethics

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.24.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Ongoing wars require us to take a long, hard look at the language journalists use, to reassess the nouns, adjectives and verbs that are often misleadi...

Spoleto Festival Dei 2Mondi

Paula H. Noe | Posted 07.23.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

I love arts festivals, especially the opportunity to see so many new and interesting and challenging performances, and the Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi was really amazing.

What Language Should I Learn?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Education
Amelia Friedman

Learning a language is a commitment. It takes years to become truly proficient, and even then there will be yet more to learn. (I'm still learning new words and cultural references in English, and I've been speaking it since I was in diapers.)

Spoleto Festival Dei 2Mondi

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

The Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi (big big arts festival) started on Friday and the town, its residents and its shops have all been spiffed up; the air of anticipation and the wandering tourists are both readily evident.

Spout

Carole Ganim | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Carole Ganim

A spout is a passageway for water or other liquids. It can be a thoroughfare, a stream, a conduit, a way to sp-out content. I like a spout.

Italian Kitchens...

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

The kitchen is just so important to me, to Italy, to almost everyone I know. So, as I am sitting in my Spoleto kitchen looking out at the clouds and r...

These Two Words Are Stealing Your Freedom

Anna Kunnecke | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna Kunnecke

When you break through the illusion that you're at the mercy of your life, you automatically start declaring dominion over it. And that is a beautiful thing.

Why So Many Translators Hate Translation Technology

Nataly Kelly | Posted 06.19.2014 | Technology
Nataly Kelly

It would seem that every professional translator on earth would be eager to use technology to streamline their work, speed up the translation process, and make their lives better. This is not always the case.

The Language I'm No Longer Embarrassed To Embrace

Yii-Huei Phang | Posted 06.18.2014 | Teen
Yii-Huei Phang

When I was a kid, I wasn't inspired to learn another language because I simply thought it was insignificant. I thought, "Well, if I live in Australia, all I need to know is English, right?"

Spoleto: First Impressions

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.13.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

Stairs, everywhere! And, what did I expect, coming to a medieval hill town ("older than Rome", said a proud resident)?

The Importance of Being Fluent in the Language of Texting

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 06.12.2014 | 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.

As the Internet Becomes More Global, Language Matters More than Ever

Nataly Kelly | Posted 06.11.2014 | Technology
Nataly Kelly

As more people come online in various parts of the world, leading businesses will remain in a constant race to keep up with the languages needed to reach the same percentage of potential customers they reach today.

Ancient Folks in Sicily

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.06.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

Sicily continues to amaze me. The history here is so multi-layered and so ancient that I, from Boston with its proud and (very) young history, am overwhelmed and find it incomprehensible on many levels when faced with 8000 years or so of history.

Is 'Slut Shaming' an Appropriate Term?

A. Lynn | Posted 06.05.2014 | Women
A. Lynn

Can we still use the term "slut shaming" to describe a very specific mindset we see exhibited from sexists so frequently without reclaiming it? When we use this term are we inherently using the language of oppressors?

The 3 Magic Words You Need to Know Before Traveling Overseas

Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.05.2014 | Travel
Erin Ruberry

There are three words that every traveler should know in any foreign language when traveling overseas. They may not get you mistaken for a local, but it's amazing how far they will take you.

30 Commonly Mispronounced Food Words (and How to Say Them Correctly)

Epicurious | Posted 06.04.2014 | Taste
Epicurious

We can understand that people frequently mispronounce words like quinoa, gnocchi, and Sriracha -- but how about "ravioli"?

Two (Non-Curse) Words I Can't Stand Hearing My Kids Say

David Lesser | Posted 06.05.2014 | Parents
David Lesser

These are the kinds of words I want to excise from my kids' vocabularies, or at least severely limit, whether or not anyone else hears them.

Too Many Bras (and Other 'Unnecessaries')?

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.02.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

When I came to Italy in September for my "senior year abroad," I brought a large suitcase and a medium-sized one, both full of items I thought were absolutely vital for my every-day life.

Why Translation Is Like Music

Nataly Kelly | Posted 06.02.2014 | Technology
Nataly Kelly

People often ask me if translation is art or science. The reality is, it's a combination of both. A good parallel for the translation profession is the music industry, which has been revolutionized by technology.

Lost and Found in Translation

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 05.30.2014 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

From my adult students, I hear hectic work stories and anecdotes about their spouses and children, and I've congratulated them on birthdays and babies. And yet, all of this takes place in my linguistic comfort zone, not theirs.