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Resonance in Language

A recent visit to the Tate Modern’s Gauguin exhibit (recommended, if you can make it—it’s on until January 11, 2011) gave me the opportunity to learn a little more about…

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Latin Roots in Other Languages

I’d recently been looking up the Latin of some old prayers, including the Lord’s Prayer (2,000-plus years is pretty old, as prayers go!), and I still had the Latin fresh…

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Chitimacha: Building Blocks for Revitalization

Revitalizing a language that hasn’t been spoken in 70 years is no easy task. Yet, just this past month I spent seven days working with the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana…

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Rosetta Stone Chinese (Mandarin) Helps Woman Converse About Food: Ni chi le ma?

I’ve noticed that there’s a bias toward food language in Mandarin. When you run into a friend on the street or meet someone for a date, they’ll greet you with…

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Cleaning Our Apartment – In German or in English

My flatmates (Mitbewohner) have a well-developed system for cleaning our apartment. Our four names are listed on a big chalkboard in the hall, with our weekly assignments marked: K for Küche…

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Prospero: Digging for Buried Treasure in Rosetta World

A few weeks ago, our game-development team launched Prospero, a Rosetta World game in which you search for buried treasure on a desert island. You use grammar and pronunciation skills…

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The Situation in HaMakuya: Part 2

HaMakuya, a village located in the northern part of the Limpopo Province in South Africa, was part of the ex-homeland of the Venda people during the apartheid era, and it…

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My Connection with HaMakuya: Part 1

Sometime during the end of my sophomore year in college I decided to spend the following fall semester abroad. On a whim, I decided South Africa would be my destination.…

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