Culture

Reading, Writing, and Giving Back

Kristal Bivona gets inspired by voluntary literacy projects Non-governmental organizations have more opportunities to serve and support education than ever today as pressure increases on schools to look beyond public funding. Here are two nonprofits...

Your Country Needs You to Study Abroad

Making the case for study abroad immersion learning Just in case you still need to convince someone (a parent?) of the benefits of studying abroad, here are the 13 reasons that none other than the...

Petition to Free Tibetan Language Advocate Gains Steam

PEN America released an open letter signed by nearly 1,000 writers, linguists, translators, and language rights advocates calling for the immediate release of Tashi Wangchuk. Four years ago today, on January 27, 2016, Chinese officials secretly detained...

Language Crucial to Accurate Census 2020

In recognition of the fact that limited-English-proficient households are traditionally underrepresented in census reporting, the federal government is planning to officially collect Census 2020 responses in six new language options—Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese,...

Controversy over USC Professor for Using Chinese Expression

A USC Professor is under fire for using a Chinese expression that sounds like an English-language slur. The professor, who was suspended, came under fire from a group of students who wrote a letter...

Rumi in the Language Classroom Vol 9: Over-Reliance on One Method

Rumi in the Language Classroom Vol 9 In the last volume of “Rumi in the Language Classroom”, the story of “a man and his cow” in Rumi’s “Masnavi-e-Manavi” is discussed. This is the story of...

Music to All Ears

It is intriguing to realize that at times there is little distinction between spoken languages and musical ones. Consider, for instance, the complex rhythms and slight tonal variations of some Aboriginal tribes who communicate...

Washington Post Launches New Spanish-Language Post Opinión

The Washington Post has launched a new Spanish-language opinions section on their website, Post Opinión. The section pulls from editors cross-border in Washington D.C. and Mexico, and claims that it will publish original columns and essays about...

Melania Trump Threatens to Sue Language School in Croatia

U.S. First Lady, Melania Trump, has threatened to sue an English language school in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, after they used an image of her in a billboard advertisement. The billboard, which features a photo...

Museum Dedicated to Language, Planet Word, Opens in May

Planet Word-- a museum dedicated to everything language in Washington D.C.-- has announced that it is expected to open May 31 with 10 immersive galleries that will explore language in informative and entertaining ways. The...
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