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The Rising Star Of China’s New Hotel Dynasty

The International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show opened yesterday in New York City, and is one of the largest global showcases for the latest innovations in the hotel and foodservice industry. One unmistakable change the show has seen over the past decade is the increased presence from China. The global hotel industry has a new major player in the rapidly expanding Chinese hotel market. Asia’s largest country has been establishing itself as a major economic power in the past several years, and its exploding hotel industry has been a significant part of that growth. Driven by a variety of factors…

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Fictional Languages: Fun Facts of Fan Favorites

At Rosetta Stone, we teach languages, we don’t create them. That’s why it’s so fascinating to learn about fictional languages that have been created to deepen the storytelling of fantastical worlds. We’ve touched on these languages before in our RVoice posts, and today guest blogger Miranda González shares more intriguing information about fictional languages. Why not explore them in your next literary adventures?   Numerous fictional languages have been invented to add dimension to the imaginary worlds of books, movies, and video games. These languages include everything from Minionese (the babble that Minions speak in Despicable Me) to Parseltongue (an…

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Introducing Rosetta Stone® Kids Reading: Online and Mobile Learning

It’s time to start reading! Your kids are entering the age where learning to read is at the forefront of their fledgling academic lives. They know their ABC’s and have favorite books that they’re chomping at the bit to read by themselves. How can you help? You want to give them a head start but fear that finding the right tools might be a daunting task. You also want to ensure that the product you select will be an effective learning tool, that it’ll be engaging, and worth their time and your money. Where do you start? Start with a…

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Sources for Language-Learning Funding: Governments

You probably know that the vast majority of a school’s funding comes from governmental sources. Federal money tends to filter down through state and local governments, while most local governments are responsible for taxing their citizenry to fund a sizeable chunk of their education expenditure. But what exactly are these sources and how can they be utilized to provide greater language-learning capabilities in your school or district? Federal sources Federal education funding sources that can pertain to language learning fall into two general categories: formula funds and competitive grants. Formula funds are sources like ESEA Title I, School Improvement Grants,…

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Tech Can Serve Traditional and Non-Traditional Students

There is no question that today’s incoming traditional students are digital natives. Having grown up with a wealth of information at their fingertips, many traditional students expect technology to be an integral part of their courses. But what about non-traditional students—in many cases, digital immigrants? Do they benefit from learning technologies as well? Why This Matters Non-traditional students have accounted for a staggering 40 percent of the higher ed student population for over 20 years now. And the numbers show no signs of slowing. As such a large part of the student body, the non-traditional student’s relationship with technology matters,…

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Hurt in Translation: Why Language Skills Are Key to Safety In Heavy Industry

Language training is one of the newer key competencies recommended for many businesses as a result of increased globalization and immigration. Developing business communication skills on an international stage is key for facilitating business deals in some industries, but for other fields the need for clearer communication is far more fundamental. Certain sectors, particularly manufacturing and construction, have received a surge in immigrant laborers in the U.S. and abroad. These industries attract a higher percentage of non-English-speaking workers, but also present health and safety concerns not typically found in other sectors. This combination highlights a pressing need for these companies…

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Inglés Día a Día: Conquista El Miedo de Hablar

El error más grande que comete la gente cuando empieza a aprender inglés (o cualquier otro idioma) es que su miedo de hablarlo sobrepasa su deseo de hablarlo. Muchas personas aprendieron un segundo idioma cuando iban a la escuela, pero la mayoría no lo habla en la actualidad. Y, ¿por qué? Porque casi nunca lo usan. Y muchas veces, la razón principal es la pena. Cuando te rehúsas a hablar inglés por vergüenza, exactamente ¿de qué te estás avergonzando? ¿Temes que no te van a entender o que tú no vas a entender a quien te esté hablando? ¿O que…

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Sources for Language-Learning Funding: Private

When governmental funding sources drop the ball, which often happens in these days of shrinking budgets, teachers and schools often turn to private funding sources to help advance the learning in the classroom—usually with new technology. But what are these sources and what are the easiest ways to tap in? Foundations and corporations Private education funding tends to come from two general sources: foundations and corporations. Foundations tend to serve a particular geographic area or segment of the education landscape, such as a certain student population or subject area. Many districts, for example, have special education foundations aligned to their…

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Corporate Diversity Requires A Multi-Angled Approach

In today’s workplace, diversity is no longer a buzzword – it’s a goal. The past decade or so has seen companies take a few awkward steps in the direction of a more ethnically and culturally inclusive office. Though the progress has been slow and steady, the need for more active efforts toward diversification is greater than ever. In the coming years, the companies that achieve the most success, not just on the diversity front, but on the business stage as a whole, will be the ones that most readily adopt new measures of inclusivity. However, diversifying the workplace is more…

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What The Globalizing Supply Chain Means For The Auto Industry

Tomorrow Latin America’s largest automotive trade show gets under way in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The São Paulo International Motor Show, which takes place every two years, and has become not only one of the largest events of its kind worldwide, but also one of the most exuberant. And for good reason. Brazil’s car market is booming: Brazil is the fourth largest car buying market worldwide, and the the seventh largest producer. But just because a manufacturer is based in Japan, U.S., or Brazil, that doesn’t mean that the design and manufacture of its products are equally domestic. As the auto…

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