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Abandoned Beauty

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    This blog reflects on a subject that has long fascinated and perplexed me as a young designer, looking at the wonder that is abandoned buildings and the places everyday life has forgo...

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The Top Language Spoken Globally in 2050 Will Be...

The Top Language Spoken Globally in 2050 Will Be... | Language: a toy we can all play with | Scoop.it

"French is currently ranked sixth among world languages, after Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Hindi and Arabic. But it is gaining speakers quickly and, the study reports, will be spoken by 750 million in 2050, up from 220 million today. A demographic boom in French-speaking African states could bump the percentage of global French speakers from 3 percent to 8 percent by 2050, but some skeptics think the predictions are overrated."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 25, 2015 8:08 AM

I can't verify the projections in the article, but the thought exercise is a great exploration into future global geographies. As some populations are shrinking, others and still growing very quickly and it is clear that the future has the distinct possibility that the linguistic composition of the world might be very different from today.  


Questions to Ponder: Considering current trends, what do you think the world will be like in the future?  What will be better?  What will be worse? 


Tags: language, culture, demographics

Treathyl Fox's curator insight, October 13, 2015 7:57 PM

"A boom in these African states could bump the percentage of global French speakers from 3 percent to 8 percent by 2050."  You don't say?  So glad to know the French language might get in the driver's seat for most spoken world language. Love the language.  Resided in Maryland USA from 1988 to 1995 and there was a school there that taught the children in French. At the time it seemed odd. But guess the educators were thinking ahead! Score!

The Language Ctr's curator insight, October 17, 2015 11:17 AM

Just count the people in China and you have an idea why their language is the top language spoken. However, English of course is known worldwide as the language of business. #languages 

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SaskatcheWHAT?!

"How well do you know your Saskatchewan slang? At Insightrix in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, we've got the prairies down flat!"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 12, 2015 1:26 PM

Here's an entertaining clip on different regionalized vocabularies and a hint of accent confusion thrown in there.  The portrayal is over the top, but it's all local vocabulary that life-long residents certainly understand.  Here's 320 more Canadian slang terms for you (scroll to the bottom).    


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LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, March 29, 2015 11:14 AM

Live languages are never as straight forward as the Royal Academies of Language would like them to be. Rules are crystallizations that get shattered in daily use.

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Infographic: Reading Around the World – What Your Country Says About Your Reading Habits

Infographic: Reading Around the World – What Your Country Says About Your Reading Habits | Language: a toy we can all play with | Scoop.it
Earlier this week Scribd released a new infographic, “Reading Around the World,” based on some of their most recent international reader data.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:01 PM

There is a puzzling statistic - Malaysians are among the fastest readers in the world?  I wonder how many Malaysians are on Scribd when even getting them to read books at all is a challenge. 

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English Idioms: Love - Colleges Blog

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Being in love is an incredible feeling and something worth talking about! The English language has many love idioms. These idioms often show the positive and negative sides of being in love. After all, sometimes love hurts!


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English Idioms: Love - Colleges Blog

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Being in love is an incredible feeling and something worth talking about! The English language has many love idioms. These idioms often show the positive and negative sides of being in love. After all, sometimes love hurts!


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10 Idioms In English Using Nationalities and Countries

10 Idioms In English Using Nationalities and Countries | Language: a toy we can all play with | Scoop.it
It's time for another list of idioms. This time I thought I'd introduce you to some very common idioms we use connected to nationalities and countries. I want to thank Claudine, a fellow teacher fo...

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Idiom: A tough nut to crack

Idiom: A tough nut to crack. Meaning- a problem that is difficult to solve or a person who is very difficult to deal with. Example: A: Have you convinced your father to buy you a new car? B: Not yet. He said my grades are not ...

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Grammar Gamble - the English grammar game

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Play Grammar Gamble, the English grammar test, and beat the scores of your friends.
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to the letter

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to the letter {adv. phr.}
With nothing done wrong or left undone; exactly; precisely.
He carried out his orders to the letter.
When writing a test you should follow the instructions to the letter.
Compare: TO A T.

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Learn Chinese with NihaoHello

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Chinese Language, Culture and Travel

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Jodee Lim's curator insight, October 24, 2015 8:11 AM

Learn Mandarin Chinese in a Tweet is a new initiative, #LCiaT

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The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

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"These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages."

 

Tags: language, culture, infographic.


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Caitlyn Christiansen's curator insight, May 26, 2015 10:35 AM

The world is extremely diverse in its spread of native languages. Yet only a handful are commonly spoken by the majority of the world, about 2/3. Over half of the world's languages are expected to go extinct because of the extreme diversity and the minimal distribution which means that in some places almost every person speaks a completely different language and many are dying as their last speakers do not pass it on to their children.

 

This article is relates to cultural patterns and processes through the geographic spread of languages around the globe and the increasing acculturation that causes the loss of many of these languages in our increasingly globalized world.

Michael Amberg's curator insight, May 26, 2015 10:35 PM

Its interesting to see just how many people speak the languages we speak everyday, and to see just how many people DONT speak it.

Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 2015 5:34 AM

It is amazing to see all main languages in perspective to the world. Mandarine holding the top spot with 1.39 Billion surprises me but at the same time doesn't. There are 1.3 billion people living there in the first place.

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23 maps and charts on language

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"Did you know that Swedish has more in common with Hindi than it does with Finnish? Explaining everything within the limits of the world is probably too ambitious a goal for a list like this. But here are 23 maps and charts that can hopefully illuminate small aspects of how we manage to communicate with one another."

 

Tags: language, culture, English, infographic.


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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 26, 2014 1:40 PM

Mapping of languages...

Isabella El-Hage's curator insight, March 19, 2015 11:15 AM

This article links with Unit Three through "language and communication". These 23 maps range from the history of languages, which languages connect with which, common languages in certain places, different phrases used in the same country for the same thing, and more. Looking at maps to spatially see language helps when trying to understand how the world communicates. One of the maps that I found interesting was the "New York tweets by language". It shows how diverse that city is, and how people are still preserving their native language in a English prominent country.  

Avery Liardon's curator insight, March 23, 2015 9:00 PM

Unit 2:

Shows how many languages are actually closely related. Whether or not they sound the same or are located in similar regions, many share the same origins. For example: many words in Spanish and English are the same due to their similar roots. 

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A list of body parts idioms from A to Z with meanings

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List of human body parts idioms from A to Z. What each one means and how to use in a sentence.

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Learning Basic English vocabulary and grammar's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:57 PM

List of human body parts idioms from A to Z. What each one means and how to use in a sentence

Jennifer Shackles's curator insight, June 20, 2013 11:43 AM

This site has a large list of idioms by different topics.

 

Global 21 Idiomas's curator insight, November 21, 2013 7:41 AM

Idioms are at the heart of a language. Here you have a list of idiomatic expressions using body parts.

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Learning English - The Teacher - Sport idioms: Athletics

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In this episode, The Teacher introduces you to three idiomatic phrases connected with the sport of athletics: A false start; To jump the gun; The front runner. The Teacher.

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10 Idioms That Have a Summer Theme

10 Idioms That Have a Summer Theme | Language: a toy we can all play with | Scoop.it
The school holidays have just started here in the UK. Within the next few days, thousands of British families will be heading off on their summer holidays. When most people think of summer the foll...

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In a nutshell, cutting the mustard by the skin of your teeth: popular idioms explained

In a nutshell, cutting the mustard by the skin of your teeth: popular idioms explained | Language: a toy we can all play with | Scoop.it

Why do good things 'cut the mustard'?


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Body idioms

Breathe down somebody’s neck = When somebody breathes down your neck, they stay too close to you watching everything that you do. This, of course, is very annoying.
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(EN) - English idioms, idiomatic expressions, proverbs and sayings with their meaning | Learn English Today

(EN) - English idioms, idiomatic expressions, proverbs and sayings with their meaning | Learn English Today | Language: a toy we can all play with | Scoop.it

Hundreds of free English idioms, idiomatic expressions, proverbs and sayings, in alphabetical order and by theme, with their meaning and an example. 

 

Idioms are words, phrases or expressions which are commonly used in everyday conversation by native speakers of English. They are often metaphorical and make the language more colourful.


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Help Traduzioni 's curator insight, May 14, 2013 2:27 AM

Hundreds of free English idioms, idiomatic expressions, proverbs and sayings, in alphabetical order and by theme, with their meaning and an example.

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Approaches to the Common Core: Idioms are Speed Bumps

Some people refer to paraphrasing as “literal comprehension,” meaning, “You can tell what is literally going on or being said.” And to some extent, that’s accurate. But there’s more to it. In any given sentence, FIGURATIVE things are also happening or being expressed, too.

On the road to comprehension, idioms are speed bumps. When we talk about reading comprehension gaps (to toss in another metaphor), I believe idioms are THE MISSING LINK. No matter how you slice them (See? I can’t help myself!), idioms are essential to lucid comprehension.


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