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How Do Political and Wartime Slogans Work?

Slogans are powerful. They accompany nearly every part of our daily lives and we ingest them unconsciously. We often think of them as being attached to products or services which are being sold. For example, most people from the U.S. need to simply hear the words “Just Do It” or “Have It Your Way”, to tell you the phrases belong [...]

2022-09-23T11:24:28-04:00September 13th, 2022|English, History, Languages, Politics, Spanish|

How To Include Language Skills On Your Resume/CV

If you’re in the process of updating or writing your resume/CV you may be wondering how to include your language skills. The number of bilinguals in the U.S. doubled from 1980 to 2018 and in Europe it’s common for the average person to speak 3 languages. This means, the ability to write and speak more than one language could prove [...]

2022-08-12T13:40:47-04:00August 12th, 2022|English, Human Resources, Languages|

Forensic Linguistics 101

Forensic linguistics is the use of applied linguistics in legal settings. That definition is extremely broad, but so is the field of study itself. Perhaps it is easier to look at the two words separately.  Forensics is when science is used to resolve a legal issue. Linguistics is the scientific study of written and spoken language. Forensic linguistics then, is [...]

2022-06-13T10:12:54-04:00June 13th, 2022|English, History, Languages, Legal|

Why And How To Raise Bilingual Children

History of Negative Attitudes Towards Bilingualism In the past, there has been concern about whether or not children with bilingual or multilingual parents should only learn one language, or both. The language they might learn would usually be dictated by which country the family is located in, and which language has the most social and economic benefit. For example, being [...]

2022-05-24T11:35:50-04:00March 6th, 2022|Education, English, Languages|

Multilingual Classrooms: A Tool, Not An Obstacle For Education

All across the United States, and especially in metropolitan cities like New York City and Los Angeles, schools are filled with students who speak the language of their families at home, while completing classwork, interacting with teachers and making friends in English at school.[1] Often, this presents a very real difficulty for educators who are required to assure English proficiency [...]

2022-05-10T18:16:18-04:00February 24th, 2022|Education, English, Languages|

Three Simple Mistranslations that Echoed Through History

Humanity has always needed to communicate cross-culturally. This need is often motivated by scientific research, commerce, political negotiations, or the translation of religious texts. Yet, the different languages of the Earth have always posed potential problems for mistranslation. There are times when these mistranslations have inconsequential results, and there are times when these mistranslations have nearly catastrophic results. Here, we [...]

Loanwords As a Window Into Multilingualism

Although it is hard to get an exact number, it is estimated that half of the world’s population is bilingual.[1] The estimate of trilingual people in the world is around 1 billion.[2] If you speak 3 or more languages, you’re known as “multilingual” and you’re much more rare among your fellow humans.[3] No matter what your title is, the cognitive [...]

2022-05-24T11:54:55-04:00January 14th, 2022|English, French, Languages|
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