Michelle R

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How non-English speakers are taught this crazy English grammar rule you know but have never heard of

English grammar, beloved by sticklers, is also feared by non-native speakers. Many of its idiosyncrasies can turn into traps even for the most confident users.<p>But some of the most binding rules in English are things that native speakers know but don’t know they know, even though they use them every …

Language

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? By Jacob Mikanowski<p>On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening …

Language

30-year-old Mareena Robinson Snowden is the first black woman to earn a PhD in nuclear engineering from MIT

When Mareena Robinson Snowden walked across the commencement stage at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) on June 8th, she became the …

Women of Color

'You Have To Have Speed': What It Takes To Be A United Nations Interpreter

<b>Lynn Visson</b> is a teacher and writer, and was an interpreter at the United Nations for 22 years, interpreting French and Russian into English for …

Here Are Five Interesting Languages Worth Learning

8:36 PM 07/15/2018<p>These five languages all share unique qualities that make them interesting to study and learn.<p>Here are five fascinating languages …

'Spider-Man' of Paris to get French citizenship after child rescue

President Macron thanks Malian migrant who climbed four storeys to save boy<p>As an undocumented migrant in France, Mamoudou Gassama knew it was best to keep his head down, to not draw attention to himself.<p>But when he spotted a young child dangling from the balcony of a fourth-floor Paris flat he felt …

Citizenship

‘I was a teacher for 17 years, but I couldn’t read or write’

<b>John Corcoran grew up in New Mexico in the US during the 1940s and 50s. One of six siblings, he graduated from high school, went on to university, and became a teacher in the 1960s - a job he held for 17 years. But, as he explains here, he hid an extraordinary secret.</b><p>When I was a child I was told …

High School

Best Podcasts for Learning a Language

Being able to speak another language opens doors for you in business and travel. These podcasts give you a flexible and manageable way to learn.

Morris Halle, at 94; helped found MIT’s linguistics program

To generations of linguistics students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Morris Halle would say: “Argue with me” — usually an …

He applied to 20 of the best colleges and got a full ride to all of them

<b>(CNN) —</b> Micheal Brown stared at the acceptance letter in front of him: It said yes.<p>So did the next one. And the one after that.<p>The 17-year-old from Houston applied to 20 of the best universities in the US. He was admitted to every single one with a full ride and $260,000 in additional scholarship …

College & University

When Learning a Foreign Language

Suppose you decided to start learning a new language—let’s say Italian. In the beginning stages of your language-learning journey, the Italian speech …

The Shallowness of Google Translate

The program uses state-of-the-art AI techniques, but simple tests show that it's a long way from real understanding.<p>One Sunday, at one of our weekly salsa sessions, my friend Frank brought along a Danish guest. I knew Frank spoke Danish well, since his mother was Danish, and he, as a child, had …

27 fascinating maps that show how Americans speak English differently across the US

In a country as vast as the United States, you're hardly ever going to find a consensus on how to say something.<p>Do you drink soda, or do you call it pop? Do you wear sneakers, or tennis shoes? The answers vary depending on where you ask the question.<p>Linguists Bert Vaux and Scott Golder surveyed …

Linguistics

Five success secrets we can learn from Harvard’s first female president

Drew Faust, Harvard’s first female president, announced yesterday that she will be stepping down on June 30, 2018, which will be 11 years after she …

How understanding conversation styles can make you successful

Though no two people’s conversational styles are exactly alike, there are patterns that tend to characterize styles.<p>Expecting shorter pauses between …

Reverso helps you avoid sounding like a robot dork in a foreign language

Learning a language is hard. Schools, in particular, are especially bad at teaching them. If you’re just reciting verb conjugations, and learning words and phrases that don’t interest you, you won’t make any progress.<p>Over the past few years, there’s been several interesting efforts to fix this …

How to learn a language in super-fast time

Last week, the war of words between the EU and Britain over Brexit took an unexpected turn – when Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, elected to deliver his in French instead of English.<p>Addressing a conference in Italy, Junker claimed that “slowly but surely English is losing …

Teacher writes notes to 130 students after teen's attempted suicide

Brittni Darras can still remember the shock of finding out from a parent that a student she assumed was doing fine had nearly committed suicide.<p>The English teacher from Rampart High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, started crying when she heard the news at a parent-teacher conference in March. …

This Badass 9-Year-Old Girl Gives Out Care Packages to Homeless Women in Her Community

My hero.<p>Khloe Thompson isn't your average elementary school student: At only 9 years old, Khloe has already launched her own charity, called Khloe Kares, in order to help provide much-needed essentials to homeless women in her community.<p>A recent video from PopSugar Celebrity's Facebook page …

Teen Earns Enough Money to Pay for College by Selling Newspapers: 'Just Chase Your Dreams,' He Says

Every Sunday for the past four years, Kevuntez King woke up at 3:45 a.m. to stand on a Memphis, Tennessee, street corner selling newspapers.<p>Rain or …

Selling

Woman Abandoned in a Cardboard Box as a Baby Graduates From the University Where She Was Abandoned

In 1984, she was abandoned in a San Francisco State dormitory's laundry room. Now, she's a San Francisco State graduate.<p>Over 30 years ago, a young student gave birth to a baby girl in a San Francisco State University dorm room, then left her newborn in a cardboard box by the laundry machines before …

An inside look at how J.K. Rowling, one of the most influential people alive, turned rejection into unprecedented success

On a delayed train journey from Manchester to King's Cross station in London, the characters Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger came "fully formed" to the mind of a young temp named Joanne Rowling.<p>In the six tumultuous years following, she would imagine an entire magical world of …

Inspirational writing advice from Louisa May Alcott and 26 other great women authors

This Woman Was Selling Bread And Accidentally Became A Model

This is one amazing story.<p>Photographer Ty Bello was snapping photos of British musician Tinie Tempah in Nigeria recently when a woman selling bread happened to walk into her shot.<p>Struck by the woman's beauty, Bello took to Instagram after the shoot in an attempt to find out more about her. "I'm …

Texas Woman Has Given 500,000 Hugs to Soldiers. See What Happens When She Ends Up in the Hospital With Cancer.

At 83-years-old, Elizabeth Laird is known as the “Hug Lady.”<p>Since 2003, she has greeted every single soldier who has passed through Fort Hood in Gatesville, Texas and has given out, by her count, around 500,000 hugs and cards bearing Psalm 91. Today reported that she used to simply shake the …

10 Great Platforms To Learn Languages For Free

I honestly feel quite insecure every time someone tells me that they can speak more than one language. One of the disadvantages of English being your …

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your College-Application Essays

Photo credit<p>As a professional application-essay coach, I regularly encounter students with<p>well-intentioned but misguided strategies for their college-application essays. And how students approach this task often determines acceptance or rejection. So here are The 7 Biggest No-No's to bypass when …

Secret Teacher: private school students are great – it's their parents I worry about

As teaching goes, I have little cause for complaint. I work with sparky, engaged students in a small independent preparatory school. My classroom was once a grand family dining room. I read the tales of English author Julia Donaldson beneath its original cornices as the breeze comes through the …

These Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies Will Put All Your Other Desserts to Shame

While Valentine's Day has come and gone, we at <b>Spoon</b> appreciate a good dessert anytime of the year. These red velvet cheesecake brownies are a hybrid of three of your favorite sweets: red velvet cake, cheesecake and brownies. Whether you're craving something with chocolate or something with cream …

Powerful Portraits of Individuals Before and Directly After Their Death

<i>Jan Andersen was 19 when he discovered that he was HIV-positive. On his 27th birthday he was told that he didn’t have much time left: cancer, a rare</i> …