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  • Can You Learn Two Languages At the Same Time?

    12/02/2018 1:28:11 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 75 replies
    Brainscape ^ | Oct 2018 | Kaitlin Goodrich
    Can I Learn Two Languages at the Same Time? In short, yes, it is possible to learn two languages simultaneously. Our brains are frequently required to learn similar topics at the same time. In fact, all educational curriculum count on the fact that you should be able to process and filter information from multiple categories concurrently. Even in other situations, our brains are primed to adjust to new tasks as needed on a regular basis. Motivation matters especially when attempting to learn two languages at once. If your only goal in studying two languages at the same time is to...
  • Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

    07/27/2018 11:44:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 107 replies ^ | 7/27/2018 | Jacob Mikanowski
    As the Trump administration intensifies its crackdown on migrants, speaking any language besides English has taken on a certain charge. In some cases, it can even be dangerous. But if something has changed around the politics of English since Donald Trump took office, the anger Schlossberg voiced taps into deeper nativist roots. Elevating English while denigrating all other languages has been a pillar of English and American nationalism for well over a hundred years. Its a strain of linguistic exclusionism heard in Theodore Roosevelts 1919 address to the American Defense Society, in which he proclaimed that we have room for...
  • Archaeologists return to site of 'lost Pictish monastery'

    03/22/2018 4:35:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    The Scotsman, tall and handsome built ^ | Monday 19 March 2018 | Alison Campsie
    Archaeologists are to return to the potential site of a lost Pictish monastery where Scottish Gaelic was written down for the first time. Archaeologist Alison Cameron and her team could be on the brink of making a discovery of national importance at land close to Old Deer in Aberdeenshire... For 10 years, a search has been made for the monastery that dates from the sixth century but disappeared around 1,000 years ago. Some believe the Book of Deer, a richly decorated pocket-sized book of gospels was created here with Gaelic notes on local life later written in the margins by...
  • A Mysterious Word in the Lords Prayer

    12/14/2017 7:43:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Mysterious Word in the Lord’s Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • December 13, 2017 • Pope Francis recently made news by indicating a preference for translating the phrase “lead us not into temptation” as “do not let us fall into temptation.” He did not say that the English rendering should be changed, only that He was supportive of a recent similar change made to the French translation. I have written on that issue here, but in this post I would like to explore another difficult element in the Our Father.Within the Lord’s prayer is a mysterious word about which...
  • Notebook written in Farsi could come to fore in trial against accused leaker Reality Winner

    06/29/2017 1:27:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 43 replies ^ | 6/28/17 | Faith Holland and Steve Almasy
    AUGUSTA, Georgia (CNN) Among the possible evidence in the government's case against former federal contractor Reality Winner is a notebook with information handwritten in Farsi, prosecutors said in court Tuesday. The writing is being translated, federal prosecutors told a judge at a hearing. Winner, who is accused on one count of taking classified information home from work and leaking it to a media outlet, remains in jail awaiting an anticipated October 23 trial. She has pleaded not guilty. Winner was a linguist while in the US Air Force from 2010 to 2016 and speaks Farsi, Dari and Pashto, her...
  • UC Berkeley to Offer Class on Fake Language from Game of Thrones

    04/27/2017 10:32:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 27, 2017 | Jerome Hudson
    Students at the University of California Berkeley may not be able to hear conservative commentator Ann Coulter speak on campus however, they can take a school-sanctioned course on a made-up language used in a popular HBO fantasy show. The university, already embroiled in a free speech controversy, reportedly plans to offer a six-week course inspired by the fictional Dothraki and High Valyrian languages used by characters on the HBO series Game of Thrones.
  • Top 20 Most Popular Programming Languages In 2017

    04/17/2017 10:59:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Tech Worm ^ | 04/16/2017 | By Kavita Iyer
    20 Best Programming Languages In 2017 Over the years, hundreds of programming languages have come into existence. And, with the revolution of internet and the technological advances that come with it show no sign of slowing down. As a result, there are lots of companies who are on the lookout for people with right skills so that they can get the most from the digital economy and single market. It has also created promising careers for technical professionals who are looking for long-term opportunities in the software development industry.However, the digital age brings its own challenges, and not least the...
  • Almost every language has a word for 'Christmas.' Few reference Christ.

    12/29/2015 5:30:12 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    the week ^ | 12.22.15 | james harbeck
    GraphicaArtis/Corbis ¡Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Frohe Weihnachten! God Jul! Sretan Božić! Crăciun fericit! Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus!How do you keep the Christ in Christmas if your language doesn't have a Christ in it to begin with?The languages of the world have quite a variety of names for Christmas. That's not surprising, what with different languages having different words for things, but it turns out that our Christmas name stocking is stuffed with words that mean quite a few unrelated things. And many of them have nothing to do with Christ.Christmas lands right at the same time as winter solstice festivals that...
  • Orange County is home to 108 languages, census finds

    11/05/2015 3:13:17 PM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Orange County Register / The Sacramento Bee ^ | November 5, 2015 | Dan Walters
    ... At least 108 languages are spoken in Orange County, and 185 languages are spoken in the Los Angeles/Orange County region. The New York area had the largest number of languages spoken, 192, but its percentage of non-English users (38 percent), was far smaller than in Los Angeles (54 percent), according to the study, which covered 2009-13 ...
  • Where Do Languages Go to Die?

    09/17/2015 4:28:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 9/10/15 | John McWhorter
    The tale of Aramaic, a language that once ruled the Middle East and now faces extinctionIf a Middle Eastern man from 2,500 years ago found himself on his home territory in 2015, he would be shocked by the modern innovations, and not just electricity, airplanes, and iPhones. Arabic as an official language in over two dozen countries would also seem as counterintuitive to him as if people had suddenly started keeping aardvarks as pets. In our time-travelers era, after all, Arabic was an also-ran tongue spoken by obscure nomads. The probability that he even spoke it would be low. There...
  • How to learn 30 languages

    05/31/2015 8:01:33 PM PDT · by Cronos · 88 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 May 2015 | David Robson
    Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, Mandarin and Thai theyve barely spoken one language before the conversation seamlessly melds into another. Together, they pass through about 20 different languages or so in total. It can be difficult enough to learn one foreign tongue. Yet Im here in Berlin for the Polyglot Gathering, a meeting of 350 or so people who speak multiple languages some as diverse as Manx, Klingon and Saami, the language of reindeer herders in Scandinavia....
  • Economic success drives language extinction

    09/04/2014 7:47:50 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/4/14 | Rebecca Morelle
    A study has found that minority languages in the most developed parts of the world, including North America, Europe and Australia, are most at threat. The research is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The researchers say that efforts to protect these languages need to be focused on these areas. Lead author Tatsuya Amano, from the University of Cambridge, said: "World languages are now rapidly being lost. This is a very serious situation. "We wanted to know how the extinction is distributed globally and what are the main drivers of this."
  • The most popular programming languages for 2014 are

    02/27/2014 7:57:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | 02/27/2014 | J.O. Dell
    Have mercy: It looks like C# is staging a comeback. Have mercy: It looks like C# is staging a comeback.CodeEval has named its top coding languages for 2014, and we see a couple of interesting surprises. Year-over-year, C# was the second-fastest growing language. And Internet powerhouse PHP was the biggest loser, down 55 percent from 2012.We took a look at the trends from 2011 through 2013, and here’s what we found:By volume, Python and Java reigned supreme. But Java, as you can see, is something of an ailing giant despite the popularity of Android with consumers.When you look at...
  • Deal with Boredom -- Learn the local foreign language and culture.

    11/03/2013 7:41:56 AM PST · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 3, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Boredom is becoming an insidious problem.Here is a re-post of an article I wrote back in 2001 or 2002 while sitting on our sailboat. She was lying at anchor and I was trying to overcome boredom. It pertains mainly to foreign places but, since the United States are coming increasingly to resemble foreign places, many of the suggestions are applicable there as well. In many places in the United States, it is necessary to learn enough of the local foreign language to get by and the article explains how to do so with ease. That will permit intimate exploration of...
  • HHS Seeking Obamacare Marketplace Translation Services for Over 100 Languages

    08/08/2013 2:56:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/8/13 | Jeryl Bier
    News broke Wednesday that, even as the October 1 deadline for Obamacare "marketplaces" approaches, training requirements for Obamacare "navigators" were being scaled back by one-third. With less than two months remaining, the Obama administration is also facing increasing pressure to make sure data privacy and security concerns are addressed with the new system. Now the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking to fill another need relating to the operation of the exchanges: translation services. On Monday, HHS posted a notice looking for small business sources to provide "Telephone Interpretation and Written Document
  • The Top 10 Programming Languages (For Techies only)

    05/05/2012 10:25:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Tech Impulsion ^ | Feb 2012 | Ajit Singh
    The knowledge of a handful of programming languages could come to be a lifesaver to many a programmer, especially since most languages that were popular 10 years ago are not as viable as they are now. But there are many developers who have earned their worth simply by knowing the right programming language at the right time, simply because they had solid skills that were profitable while the language was popular. Here are some languages though, which stayed popular through the years, and prove to give young developers a jumpstart to their careers, and always are a bonus to add...
  • Help wanted: Multicultural Santas needed in S. Florida

    12/05/2011 11:09:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | December 5, 2011 | Georgia East
    Ho, ho, ho is the same in any language. Its Santas other expressions that can pose a challenge in multicultural South Florida. Although St. Nick is known more for listening than his gift of gab, children can better relate to a Santa who talks like them, advocates say.
  • Human Languages Fit a Young Earth Model

    08/30/2011 8:49:34 AM PDT · by fishtank · 50 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Aug. 30, 2011 | Brian Thomas
    Human Languages Fit a Young Earth Model by Brian Thomas, M.S. Aug. 30, 2011 According to the Bible, God introduced different human languages at Babel about 4,000 years ago.1 This brought about a dispersal and migration of the people assembled there, in accord with His original command to fill the earth.2 In contrast, evolutionary linguists believe that all languages developed over the last 12,000 years. If the creation model of recent migration is true, one might expect to find regional languages that obviously came from the same language families initiated at Babel. And there should be less than 4,000 years'...
  • The Mother of All Languages. Modern languages may have all descended from a single ancestral tongue

    04/15/2011 2:30:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/15/2011 | Gautam Naik
    The world's 6,000 or so modern languages may have all descended from a single ancestral tongue spoken by early African humans between 50,000 and 70,000 years ago, a new study suggests. The finding, published Thursday in the journal Science, could help explain how the first spoken language emerged, spread and contributed to the evolutionary success of the human species. Quentin Atkinson, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and author of the study, found that the first migrating populations leaving Africa laid the groundwork for all the world's cultures by taking their single language with themthe...
  • Indiana's SB590 attacks immigrants and their languages

    03/20/2011 6:33:10 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 24 replies ^ | March 15, 2011 | Unattributed
    Indiana State Sen. Mike Delph, R- Carmel not only wants to implement a Arizona style bill but wants to bar the use of any language but English in most government transactions. “We’re taking the handcuffs off of law enforcement. We’re holding employers who are thumbing their noses at the law accountable. And we’re lifting up the English language,” Delph said Friday. Opposition groups fear the bill will lead to profiling and hurting businesses in the state.
“I’m worried that the unintended consequences of what he’s doing is to put a sign on our state saying we don’t want immigrants,” said John...