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The Portuguese Leviathan

Kristal Bivona explores the natural and cultural diversity of Brazil Wake up and smell the cafezinho. The world is finally recognizing that Brazil is half of Latin America and potentially the next world superpower. Students are looking to learn Portuguese to either compliment their Spanish and Latin American studies, or simply because there has never been a more exciting time...

Inuit App for Children

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To help his daughter retain the Inuit language, Vancouver-based Qajaaj Ellsworth has created an online game and application software. The language is indigenous to the North American Arctic as well as parts of subarctic Labrador. Ellsworth’s product, Ilinniarnaqsivuq (Time for School), will focus on children age three to seven. It features three languages, English, Inuktitut¸ and Inuinnaqtun, to teach vocabulary...

April 2011

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A Land of Contrasts No matter which party is in power or what time of year it is, there is one thing that you can be sure of in America — whatever your viewpoint; there will be someone who believes the exact opposite. Recently, the state of Arizona seems to have taken on the role of counterbalancing progressive opinion in its...

Guatemala

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Daniel Ward is struck by the natural beauty and Mayan culture of the country of Eternal Spring Guatemala, located just south of Mexico in Central America, offers a unique blend of manmade and natural wonders. Visitors can experience glorious ancient Mayan sites nestled within beautiful, lush jungles filled with an extraordinary array of wildlife. Mayan history has been etched into...

Taiwan

Taiwan's Languages The languages and dialects spoken in Taiwan have their origins in the Austronesian and Han lingual systems. The Austronesian languages are spoken by Taiwan's indigenous peoples, while most common Han dialects - Minnanese and Hakka - are primarily used by those whose ancestors immigrated from China's Fujian and Guangdong Provinces, respectively, four centuries ago. In 1949, after the...

March 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: Links to PDF documents online. For more, please click here to subscribe. The World as We Speak Our forum for changes in world language Language Learning on the Eightfold Path Carole Poppleton believes that the application of Buddhist principles to the teaching of ESL and other languages can empower students Speaking Defensively Christine Tsai visits America’s most critical language institute Responding to Intervention...
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