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  • English is Weird: Starting With the Word 'UP'

    02/24/2018 9:45:32 AM PST · by V K Lee · 59 replies ^ | 3/1/18 | Lee Densmer
    English is weird, hard to learn, and often hard to translate. An article on this showed UP in my email inbox this week, and I thought I’d share it with you. While I didn't dream it UP, I found out, after looking it UP on the web, that the article's content might originally come from here. I enjoyed reading UP on it, and I made UP the parallel between the uses of the word and localization. (It gets worse from here). UP can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and preposition. This two-letter word in English has more meanings than...
  • Scholars defend ‘African American English,’ from Ebonics to slang to improper grammar

    02/23/2018 7:04:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 127 replies
    College Fix ^ | February 23, 2018 | Drew Van Voorhis
    A documentary currently being screened at dozens of campuses nationwide promotes the idea that “African American English” is something to be appreciated, celebrated and championed, that it’s a common thread and bonding tool among descendants of slaves.
  • The English language is shattering India's caste system

    02/11/2018 7:54:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/10/2018 | Monica Showalter
    We can tell illegals till the cows come home that learning English is the real path to assimilation and upward mobility and all we hear is that diversity is "strength" or maybe that we have yanqui imperialista racist prejudices. But over in India, we are seeing that idea coming to life. Quartz has a long and utterly fascinating piece by Sajith Pai, titled "India has a new caste for native English speakers only,' describing how English is not only a great skill to have in the global economy, and a path upward in a big striving country such as...
  • Can We Talk? A Brief List of Annoying Expressions and Verbal Fumbles

    01/19/2018 7:47:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 216 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Can We Talk? A Brief List of Annoying Expressions and Verbal Fumbles Msgr. Charles Pope • January 18, 2018 • We all have certain phrases that annoy us; oddities creep into the language that invite comment or could use correction. To that end, I propose below a list of ten annoying and/or misused words and expressions.Please accept this list in the humorous vein in which it is intended. I am playing the role of an irritated curmudgeon, but it’s just my shtick. Have some fun with me as I complain and then feel free to add to my list.So,...
  • Pet Translator: Scientist Developing Device To Convert Dog Barks Into English Language

    01/17/2018 5:11:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 99 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 15 January 2018 | Allan Adamson Tech Times Russian Army unveils secret weapon: puppie
    The idea of humans being able to talk to and understand animals may soon become a reality. A researcher is working on a device that may be used as a pet language translator in the future. Using artificial intelligence, scientists learn how to translate vocalizations and facial expressions of animals into something that humans can understand. Animal behavior expert Con Slobodchikoff is one of these researchers whose work may allow pets and their owners to effectively converse with each other using a pet translator in less than ten years. Slobodchikoff, from Northern Arizona University, has studied footage of dogs engaged...
  • Court rules in favor of Trump over fate of consumer watchdog [CFPB]

    01/10/2018 7:27:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 10, 2018 9:35 PM EST | Ken Sweet
    A federal judge ruled late Wednesday in favor of President Donald Trump and the White House over the control of the national financial watchdog agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In a 46-page opinion, Judge Timothy Kelly denied Leandra English, the deputy director of the CFPB, a preliminary injection that would have stopped Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, from taking on a second role as acting director of the agency. The conflict arose late last month when Richard Cordray, named by President Barack Obama to lead the CFPB, stepped down and named English as his replacement. In response, the White...
  • Iran bans English lessons in primary schools

    01/07/2018 11:23:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/18 | Elad Benari
    Iran has banned the teaching of the English language in primary schools, a senior education official said on Sunday, according to The Guardian. “Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations,” Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run high education council, was quoted as having told state television. “The assumption is that in primary education the groundwork for the Iranian culture of the students is laid,” he added. The decision to ban English came after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a western “cultural invasion”....
  • Iran bans teaching English in primary schools as Islamic leaders warn it opens the way to a Western>

    01/07/2018 10:46:43 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 43 replies
    Daily Mail Company (UK) ^ | Scott Campbell For Mailonline and Reuters
    Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run High Education Council, said: 'Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations."
  • The Intrusion of White Families Into Bilingual Schools

    12/29/2017 10:08:46 AM PST · by Architect of Avalon · 40 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Dec 28, 2017 | Conor Williams
    Stephanie Lugardo’s second-grade classroom at Academia Antonia Alonso in Wilmington, Delaware, is bubbling. Smiles break out on an array of faces, and the chatter spills out in English and Spanish. This is an incarnation of a new American pluralism, one of the latest iterations of Walt Whitman’s “teeming nation of nations” flowering in “their curiosity and welcome of novelty.” Downstairs, in a kindergarten class, an African American student exclaims to her friend, “I know how to say that in Spanish!” José Aviles, the head of Academia Antonia Alonso, describes the school as a sort of multicultural nirvana. “We tell parents,...
  • How German companies adopted English as their lingua franca

    12/22/2017 6:42:03 AM PST · by GonzoII · 45 replies
    Handelsblatt ^ | December 15, 2017 | Claudia Obmann
    Many German firms are switching to English as the primary language for meetings and communiqués, to the chagrin of some linguists and executives. But they have no choice. Snip.... Ergo represents a larger trend. In a Handelsblatt poll, 18 of the 30 top companies listed in the DAX index of blue chips said English was their “official” business language, meaning that key documents, announcements and guidelines are penned in it. Only three companies surveyed said their official language remains exclusively German (see table below). Even German car icon VW last year announced that it would make English the corporate language...
  • GOP chairman demands answers on how Leandra English got job at CFPB

    11/29/2017 11:11:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 29, 2017 | Stephan Dinan
    Sen. Ron Johnson says woman who claims to be acting chief ‘burrowed’ into agencyA top Republican demanded answers Wednesday on how Leandra English, the woman Democrats are pushing to be acting director of the government’s top consumer advocacy agency, managed to “burrow” into her job and outlast the Obama administration. Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Ms. English held a political job at the Office of Personnel Management but managed to convert herself to a career civil service position early this year at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The process is called “burrowing,”...
  • Temporary Restraining Order To Stop Trump's Pick For CFPB Is Denied

    11/28/2017 4:02:14 PM PST · by blam · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-28-2017 | Barnini Chakraborty
    In a victory for the Trump White House, a temporary restraining order to halt the president's pick for acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP), Mick Mulvaney, was denied by a judge late Tuesday though the decision is likely to be appealed. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ruled in favor of Trump in his effort to appoint White House budget director Mulvaney to lead the bureau, the nation's top financial watchdog agency. “Denying the president’s authority to appoint Mr. Mulvaney raises significant constitutional questions,” Kelly, a Trump nominee for the bench, said. Former CFPB litigation counsel Deepak Gupta,...
  • CFPB deputy director sues Trump to block Mulvaney as interim leader

    11/26/2017 7:40:08 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/2017 | Sylvan Lane
    Replay Mute Loaded: 0%Progress: 0% -0:00 Share Fullscreen The deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Sunday night sued President Trump in order to block Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney from taking over as acting director of the agency. Leandra English, who was tapped by former Director Richard Cordray to be the acting director, filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against Trump and Mulvaney, whom the president nominated to be CFPB's interim leader. The office of the CFPB’s head council is expected to challenge her suit,...
  • Report: NYC Foreign Terror Suspect Entered U.S. with ‘Diversity Visa’ Trump Wants to End

    10/31/2017 8:13:09 PM PDT · by Lera · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/31/17 | John Binder
    The suspected foreign national terrorist behind the New York City attack that has left at least eight individuals dead came to the United States years ago through the Diversity Visa Lottery, a program that President Trump and pro-American immigration reformers have demanded an end to. According to ABC New York, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov — the man who allegedly mowed down pedestrians in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City — entered the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan under the Diversity Visa Lottery before obtaining a Green Card. The Diversity Visa Lottery gives out 50,000 visas every year to foreign nationals...
  • Census Bureau: 44.6% in California Don’t Speak English at Home; 35.6% in Texas; 34.5% in NM (tr)

    10/24/2017 10:20:38 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 35 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 24, 2017 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In California--which with a July 2016 population of 39,250,017 is the nation’s most populous state--44.6 percent of the people five years of age and older do not speak English at home, according to data released this week by the Census Bureau. At the same time, according to the Census Bureau, 18.6 percent of California residents 5 and older do not speak English “very well.” That ranks California No.1 among the states for the percentage of people in both of these categories. Nationwide, 21.6 percent speak a language other than English at home and 8.6 percent speak English less than very...
  • NJ teacher tells students to ‘speak American,’ ignites debate

    10/16/2017 5:05:24 PM PDT · by blueyon · 30 replies
    PIX11 ^ | 10/13/17 | Christie Duffy
    CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. — A 25-second video clip recorded inside a classroom at Cliffside Park High School is being shared on social media and it has started a debate. “…men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish. They are fighting for your right to speak American,” a teacher can be heard saying to her class. Students in Cliffside Park, a diverse community with a large number of Spanish-speaking students, immediately reacted to the comment. One even walked out. "You're being racist," that student can be heard saying on the video. "I know how...
  • Melania Trump’s image used on billboard to sell English classes to Croatians

    09/18/2017 11:13:29 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9/18/2017 | Lucy Handley
    Want to learn English? What better role model than first lady Melania Trump, whose image has been used by a language school in Zagreb, Croatia, on advertising billboards in the city. "Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English," the poster from the Americki Institut (American Institute) states, next to an image of Mrs Trump and against a backdrop of the American flag. The Institut published a picture of the poster in a tweet Friday, with the caption: "We entered the billboard game." Ivis Buric, the Institute's communications manager, said Melania Trump, who is from...
  • Academic Conference Aims To 'Decenter English' In Higher Ed

    09/05/2017 12:17:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 09/01/17 | Neetu Chandak
    Worried that “xenophobia and nationalism are on the rise,” organizers of a recent academic conference invited presenters to “decenter English as the de facto language” of academia. The Society for Social Studies of Science is particularly concerned that English is the official language of both the US and the UK, whose current policies they say "send a message of insulation and parochialism to the world." Worried that “xenophobia and nationalism are on the rise,” organizers of a recent academic conference invited presenters to “decenter English as the de facto language” of academia. Specifically, the Society for Social Studies of Science...
  • [Catholic Caucus]Looking for Guadalupe Songs in English

    08/26/2017 9:07:24 AM PDT · by Tax-chick · 29 replies
    Vanity | August 26, 2017 | Tax-chick
    Although it is only August, my choir is planning our music for the Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12). It is a bilingual Spanish/English service. We have an abundance of songs available in Spanish, of course. However, we need two or three songs in English. For the past two years, we have used "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman" and "Holy is His Name," but we're tired of those! Does anyone know of any songs in English about Our Lady of Guadalupe, or even fairly close thematically? I looked last year, but all I found was something for children using...
  • The BBC's Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations (news in Pidgin)(video only)

    08/26/2017 12:14:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies ^ | 8-25-2017 | Dave Cullen
    No. This not a joke. It's real. The BBC has apparently decided Africans are simply too stupid to be expected to learn normal English. So, the news will now be delivered to them in Pidgin as if it is a real language. Would they ever deliver the news in Cockney? How about Leprechaun? Or maybe a heavy redneck Southern drawl?