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Ben Franklin The Linguist

Ben Franklin was an inventor, a political leader, a scientist and a writer. He dabbled in electricity, mathematics and cartography. If you wear bifocals you can thank Ben Franklin who invented the spectacles in 1784 for his own personal use. He also made small edits to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. With […]

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Posted on May 29, 2014 by

The Best of Paris

What are some hot spots in Paris? I’m so glad you ask. I love France and I can’t wait to go back. Paris, of course, is a favorite of mine. There are so many thing to do and see. What’s one to do?! I didn’t have enough time when I was there, and I only […]

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Posted on May 15, 2014 by

All About Labor Day

On Monday, September 2nd the majority of Americans will take time off of work to rest. Businesses will close their doors and federal offices will be dark as a country that is constantly on the go has set aside a day of ceasing, stopping and catching their breath. Labor Day, an official holiday of the […]

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Posted on May 1, 2014 by

Top Languages To Learn For International Business

When we think of language learning, we often think of school requirements that one needs to graduate. A huge industry outside of the academic setting is business men and women that are learning language to further their career. In this world of language learning, picking the right language often involves a strategic business move, as […]

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Posted on April 8, 2014 by

Romantic European cities

When it comes to romance, Europe has got it covered. With the majority of the most romantic cities concentrated in Western Europe, you can just call Europe ‘The Love Continent.’ Seriously! What cities do you think of when you think of love and romance? It’s in Europe isn’t it? See, Europe is really the spot […]

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Posted on February 25, 2014 by

Why are accents so easy to mimic?

For a short period of my life I worked as an executive assistant to the COO of a small non-profit. The COO was from England and had this beautiful English accent that was quite lovely! I always enjoyed conversations with him as his accent could make the most unpleasant topics seem not so bad. Have […]

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Posted on February 13, 2014 by

Why do we call food “French” and what does it mean?

I recently was standing in the kitchen slathering toast with an egg, milk, cinnamon and sugar mix, and slapping it onto the griddle. Voila! French toast becomes a quick and easy dinner for our family when momma doesn’t feel like cooking! Then I began to wonder why it is called French toast? What about french […]

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Posted on January 30, 2014 by

What Is The Future Of Native American Languages

This past week a news story ran that didn’t get much traction around the world. The story headline was simple and to the point: Last monolingual speaker of the Chickasaw language dies in Oklahoma at age 93. The article spoke of Emily Johnson Dickerson, the only monolingual speaker alive of this Native American language. She was […]

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Posted on January 23, 2014 by

Don’t Be Fooled By A “Fake” Language Instructor

The passing of Nelson Mandela was a somber day for men and women worldwide. At the center of the funeral that was aired all over the world, is a controversy surrounding the sign language interpreter. He has been labeled a “fake” and was apparently just signing nonsense “in his own world” as one hearing impaired […]

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Posted on January 16, 2014 by

Tips For Language Retention

So many times we learn a foreign language for a specific purpose or a specific season in life. Maybe you are learning Mandarin for a trip overseas or Spanish for a foreign exchange program through your school. If you are learning a foreign language for a temporary situation then you are at risk of language […]

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Posted on January 14, 2014 by