Here's How Foreign Language Speakers Typically Screw Up English Business Insider Computer scientists at MIT and Israel's Technion recently developed an algorithm that analyzes quirks and errors in English-as-a-second-language (ESL) essays to...
Jonathan Benda's insight:
Interesting study if you can get past the writer's incredibly rude and condescending tone ("The breakthrough got us thinking: How do native speakers of different languages typically screw up English?")
Mai al-Nakib and Writing Histories: 'That's Not Our Version of Things. How ... Oye! Times English in the Arab world can open up an alternative perspective, a different version of life, as it does for young Amerika (in the story “Amerika's Box”).
Due to globalization, Taiwan has experienced an increasingly robust expatriate community, leading to a rise in cross-border marital unions. People finding love in those holding different passports are walking a newly forged path in this global phenomenon, and often their family units face a litany of common misconceptions from broader society. Hearing the voices of those married internationally reveal helpful information which can help us understand these alternative families.
The Reality of English's Role in India New York Times Candidates have the option of taking the screening tests in English or Hindi, but even the Hindi version has passages in English to test their comprehension of that language.
Jonathan Benda's insight:
I'm hesitant to link to any article that includes the words "the reality of" in its headline, but...
From Arun Tharuvai, via his Twitter account, we find that Intersecting Bubbles has this brief but fascinating post on a multilingual notice: "Shell Petroleum thinks that Hindi is English written in the Devanagari Script ".
I don't know any Hebrew. So when I recently saw a comment in Hebrew on a Google Plus page of discussion about Gaza tunnel-building that I was looking at, I clicked (with some forebodings) on the "Translate" link to see what it meant.
Can you own a language? The Verge The Basic English Institute, which manages a simplified version of English with an 850-word vocabulary, warns that the language is copyrighted to prevent people from passing inferior or expanded variations off as...
We have often seen how the Roman alphabet is creeping into Chinese writing, both for expressing English words and morphemes that have been borrowed into Chinese, but also increasingly for writing Mandarin and other varieties of Chinese in Pinyin...
Macon Telegraph (blog) Internationalism prompts boom in language business Macon Telegraph (blog) Lillian Clementi, 55, of Arlington, Va., translates legal and financial documents from French into English for French corporations.
Why learn a second language if everyone speaks English? To better understand a culture, or boost your employability in the global economy, finds a Guardian roundtable
Jonathan Benda's insight:
"Social inequality issues in the UK, where private schools continue to dominate language teaching, caused several delegates concern. Clive Holes, professor for the study of the contemporary Arab world at the University of Oxford, said while the mainly middle-class students he taught at Oxford studied Arabic "university style", people at the other end of the social scale with more useable language skills were not using them, in spite of many employers looking for Arabic speakers. 'They are an incredibly valuable national resource that we are failing totally to use,' he said.
"Delegates acknowledged that one problem was the lack of credit available for speaking these languages. Thirty years ago, native speakers of Urdu in the UK could get a qualification that recognised their skills, for example, but this is no longer the case."
Oak Ridge calls off Southern accent 'reduction' class Inside Higher Ed That makes professional development designed to help international researchers communicate more clearly and efficiently in high demand, he said.
We all know that if you want to be a professional scientist in the 21st century, you have to communicate in English. This is not a problem if you are lucky enough to be born to English-speaking parents, but spare a thought for the majority of the world’s scientists who are forced to communicate the subtleties and significance of their research in an idiosyncratic foreign tongue.
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