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Curation is all about "taking care" of something

Curation is all about "taking care" of something | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

I am "curating" these articles for you.  What does this mean? What am I attempting to do?  How will you benefit?

 

Curation is all about "taking care" of something, in the sense  of helping someone "else" be able to dive in and make sense of a specific topic, issue, event or news story.

 

It is about collecting, but it is also about explaining, illustrating, bringing in different points of view and updating the view as it changes.

 

Adam Schweigert captures the essence of it elegantly:

Part guide and collector, part interpreter, part researcher, part archivist, the curator of news does all of the above:

 

a) collects and organizes information,

 

b) places it in a broader context,

 

c) mines the archives to surface bits of historical information, advances our understanding of the story and the driving forces behind it and, perhaps most importantly,

 

d) takes care to ensure that a story is properly maintained and told in the best possible way for our audience to take it in.

 

 

Curation is about taking care to ensure that our audience has the best possible information, context and presentation for that information."

 

 

Full article: http://adamschweigert.com/towards-a-better-definition-of-curation-in-journalism/ ;

 

(Image credit: heyjude.wordpress.com)


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Pronunciation Rules When English Words Can Make You Crazy ...

Pronunciation Rules When English Words Can Make You Crazy ... | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it
A few of my students have told me in the past week they never know how to pronounce an English word, and they requested some pronunciation rules. Good idea. We can talk about this for another ten years.
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A student once proposed to me that we could publish a books of English pronuncition rules together, and make a fortune by solving everyone's problem!

 

And I once saw a book that gave 60 rules for pronunciation.  Too bad it's not in the library anymore.

 

Yes, it can make you crazy!

 

BTW, the graphic above tries to spell 'fish' by using:

   the 'gh' from 'enough'

   the 'o' from 'women'

   the 'ti' from 'nation'           What do you think of that idea?

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Would the 'first conservative' recognize today's right? - CNN

Would the 'first conservative' recognize today's right? - CNN | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it
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Would the 'first conservative' recognize today's right?
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A word is more than just vocabulary!  See how meaning can be dynamic.

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Puzzle of Koalas' Unusually Deep Voices Solved: A Very Special Organ

Puzzle of Koalas' Unusually Deep Voices Solved: A Very Special Organ | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered the secret behind the Australian animal's unusually deep voice: A unique sound-producing organ.
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These little short guys make aa very LOW sound.

It seems they have an additional membrane above the larynx!
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Liquor Pronunciation Guide brought to you by The Boys Club |

Liquor Pronunciation Guide brought to you by The Boys Club | | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it
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These pronunciations are given as if they were American English words.

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Image Gallery > Earth as Art

Image Gallery > Earth as Art | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

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Take a different look at the U.S.!

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Royalty

Royalty | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

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Royalty . . . what could this be?  

 

Go see, and also follow the English Language Magazine on ScoopIt:  http://www.scoop.it/t/english-language-magazine

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Feel Free to Read: Club Indigo

Feel Free to Read: Club Indigo | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

Jazz - The club scene - Love

Enjoy this poem, and feel it all . . . 

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Can you say 'pumpkin'?

Can you say 'pumpkin'? | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

Can you say where the word pumpkin comes from?

 

It came through Latin meaning 'melon' and through Greek meaning 'ripe'.  We retain these two senses in our modern word 'pumpkin'.  

 

In Russian, it took on meanings of 'bake' and 'stove'.  The '-kin' is a diminuitive still used in  'munchkin', 'mannekin', and 'napkin' (a smaller version of the apron!)

 

Now enjoy your pumpkin pie!

 

http://www.hsgpurchasing.com/Articles/pumpkin.htm ;

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Grammar Comics

Grammar Comics | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

Grammar Comics!  What a great idea!

  In this blog, Carissa Peck tells us about her favorite ones.

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How to Make Your Plan for Life - in diagrams

How to Make Your Plan for Life - in diagrams | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

Follow these little drawings to think about your life. It's cute! It's fun!

And gain a few vocabulary words and idiomatic phrases as you go:  "odd", "worry about".

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Do babies speak with an accent?

Do babies speak with an accent? | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

Sorry, it doesn't answer the question about babies speaking, but the article does show the interesting fact that babies process and respond to the specific sounds (accent) of their parents' or caregiver's language.

 

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Organize your thoughts, your projects, your mind!

Organize your thoughts, your projects, your mind! | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it
Mind Mapping, Concept Maps, Brain Mapping and Brainstorming Techniques to Improve Personal, Educational and Business Productivity...

 

Start a topic, attach ideas and details to it, all over the screen!  Keep all the details in one place and organized. Free Lite version does all you want.

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Brian J. White - Timeline Photos | Facebook

SMH.
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Do you see the spelling mistake?

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Pictorial mnemonics and sound contrasting yield more effective English teaching - Medical Xpress

Pictorial mnemonics and sound contrasting yield more effective English teaching - Medical Xpress | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

Pictorial mnemonics and sound contrasting yield more effective English teaching."

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How we learn.

 

Usually we listen to a sound to imitate it.  Here, they add a picture to help you connect with the sound later to recall and pronounce it correctly.

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Here's What All 50 State Names Actually Mean - Business Insider Australia

Here's What All 50 State Names Actually Mean - Business Insider Australia | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it


Arkansas: From a French pronunciation of an Algonquin name for the Quapaw people: akansa. This word, meaning ...

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Fascinating. Some names clearly come from place names in other locations or from the names of people.  Check out where the rest come from!

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Say What? Your Voice Tells People How Tall You Are

Say What? Your Voice Tells People How Tall You Are | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it
Talk about a cool finding: You can tell the relative heights of others just by the sound of their voices, according to new research.
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It's not the low voice that shows that he's tall.
It seems that it's some additional resonances from the larger space BELOW  the "voice box" (larynx)!

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Born Again in a Second Language

Born Again in a Second Language | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it
To abandon your native tongue and adopt another is to dismantle yourself, piece by piece, and then to put yourself together again in a different form.
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Were you a write or poet in your native tongue?  How is it going, writing in English?  Here's an assessment of the process.

 

Professor Costica Bradatan explains what it's like to learn to write in another language. He uses famous authors as examples:  Joseph Conrad, Vladimir Nabokov, and Samuel Beckett.  

 

[He speaks of "descending to a zero-point of your existence.]

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English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

A new statistical approach suggests that peoples from Alaska to Europe may share a linguistic forebear dating as far back as the end of the Ice Age, about 15,000 years ago.


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This is some new work about the possible origins of English. Keep learning!

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Let's Talk Podcasts

Here's a very thorough lesson on Canceling an Appointment over the phone.
It contains Dialogue, explanation, Vocabulary, Practice, Fluency.

Be aware that there are some inaccuracies in the transcription or the audio portion, but overall, this is a very complete and usefull series.  The voices seem to be some combination of real and synthesized.  However, they are good examples of British and American English. 

 

http://www.letstalkpodcast.com 

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Dumb Ways to Die

Death is usually a somber subject.  

 

But here you can have fun with it and practice your English listening. They found twenty dumb ways to die, and the cute creatures sing to you about each one of them.

 

Get the song: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dumb-ways-to-die-single/id575962249 or http://soundcloud.com/tangerinekitty/tangerine-kitty-dumb-ways-to http...

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Reader's Digest Cartoons

Reader's Digest Cartoons | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

This link will take you directly to the cartoons, organized by topic: Holidays, Animals, Cooking, Computers, Family, etc.

 

About the magazine itself:

 

Reader's Digest is a popular magazine with the following purpose:

 

"From health to home, money to food, family, travel, work, holidays and more, Reader’s Digest focuses on simple tips and time-saving insights to help make life simpler and better."

 

There's plenty of clear and useful text to read.  This is a little magazine that a surprising number of Americans subscribe to.  You will often find it in our bathrooms, next to the toilet, for your reading pleasure!

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inglés-what´s the problem

inglés-what´s the problem | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

Jokes! Songs! Culture! Grammar Explanations!

There's plenty here for you to enjoy, while you expand your English knowledge. 

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What does it mean to be “fluent” in a language?

What does it mean to be “fluent” in a language? | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it
Currently, the Arizona Board of Education is deciding if teachers who speak with an accent are fluent in English.

 

Are you fluent? Do you have an "accent"?  These are interesting questions, but they have job implications in Arizona. Is this fair? Does this serve the students involved?

 

 

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Old Italian School to Switch Instruction to English!

Old Italian School to Switch Instruction to English! | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it

Starting with the 2014-15 school year, all graduate-level courses will be taught in English in an attempt to provide cross-cultural training.

What does this mean to you? Leave your comment.

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What the NBA finals have to do with a grammatical nightmare

What the NBA finals have to do with a grammatical nightmare | American English Pronunciation | Scoop.it
The Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder are giving us headaches. When mass nouns become team names, how do we talk about them? 

 

Do you wonder about count vs. non-count nouns?  As you read this, you'll get practice hearing the right way to use noncount nouns:  the Heat is a great team, while the Bulls are not bad either.

 

('is' for noncount noun Heat, 'are' for count noun Bulls.)

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