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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Easter Eggs

The ubiquity of the egg in springtime celebrations surpasses that of Easter baskets, bunnies, and bonnets combined. With its ancient and elaborate history, this ellipsoid holds its own in the story of spring.   A Technicolor History The coloring of eggs for special occasions is a tradition that goes back before the time of the first Easter celebrations centuries ago. Dyes were made of vegetables, edible flowers, fruits, roots, even coffee and tea. Commercial dyes were made available as early as 1880 when an American drugstore owner by the name of William Townley invented Easter-egg dye tablets that tinted eggs…

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HR May Be Vastly Under-Prepared

Although human resource managers probably like to think that they have staff training and development down pat, new studies suggest that HR departments are still behind when it comes to keeping up with corporate changes. Are managers prepared? The 2014 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report looked at data over a span of 15 years and included opinions from more than 2,500 corporate leaders across the globe. The respondents pinpointed areas of HR responsibility for which they felt under-prepared, or which they worried about keeping up with in coming years. What were their primary concerns? According to HR Morning, the…

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German Government Trying to Boost American Interest

Study of the German language is in sharp decline in American classrooms. In 1997, a quarter of US high schools offered German in their language-learning programs. Today that number stands at 14%. In elementary and middle schools, German language classes are nominal at best. The main cause of that decline is the rise of China as an economic power and Arabic as a language of importance to the American government and other interests. Parents are demanding these languages in an effort to make their students more competitive after high school. What can Germany do? The German government is actively trying…

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How Technology Factors into the TESOL President’s 8 Current Trends in Teaching English

Given the flexibility and mobility that new online language-learning tools afford, it may be no surprise that e-Learning earned a spot on TESOL President Deena Boraie’s list of eight current trends in ESL/EFL. Beyond this obvious correlation between technology and the evolution of the ESL classroom, however, we found that a number of the other trends she highlighted go hand in hand with recent advancements in language-learning technology. Trend: Changing View of an English Teacher Dr. Boraie points out that it’s becoming more widely recognized that being a great English teacher takes more than simply speaking the language fluently. Effective teachers must…

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How do You Plan for ‘Purposeful’ Social Media Collaboration?

Human Resource managers may be tempted to shape policies that ban social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in the workplace. Some corporate leaders, however, are turning on its head the idea that social platforms are detrimental to efficiency. Instead, they are looking to social media as a key tool for marketing and defining the business’s brand. Social Media in the Workplace New reports from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) indicate that social media has, in recent years, become integral to many companies’ outreach programs. A 2013 study from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for…

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Rosetta Stone Klingon

Fantasy languages are the intrigue of linguists and über fans of legend and otherworlds alike. Among the greats are JRR Tolkien’s Elvish languages Quenya and Sindarin from Middle-earth and the Dothraki language in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy-novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, which Game of Thrones fans know all too well as being spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of the Dothraki Sea. The language of Klingon is no exception in this world of intricate attention to detail, language, and make-believe culture. Created by linguist Marc Okrand for the 1984 film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, this intriguing language…

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Top 10 Eating Utensils You Can’t Live Without

You probably don’t think about utensils very often—until you need one, that is. Interestingly, there’s a lot more to them than you may think. From ancient beginnings to the tables of kings, these sometimes silly-looking tools make our everyday dining better, one bite at a time.   http://youtu.be/6RSbbd-0KoM#aid=P76z2sREdgg Read the full transcript. 10. The Fat Straw. Apparently, boredom, too, is the mother of all inventions. 9. The Metal Nutcracker. Since the fifth century B.C., nuts have met their maker with this crushing implement. 8. Chopsticks. More than a little ditty people play on the piano, these simple tools have gone global.…

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Rosetta Stone® Kids Lingo Letter Sounds Nominated for Two Webby Awards—VOTE for Us!

We’re pleased to announce that Rosetta Stone Kids Lingo Letter Sounds has been selected as a nominee in the 18th Annual Webby Awards, in the Education & Reference (Handheld Devices) category! Our recently launched app for kids has been chosen as one of the world’s five best in this category and it’s competing for two prestigious awards: the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award. The winner of the Webby Award is selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, but the voting public–and that means you!– chooses the winner of the Webby People’s Voice Award. Vote for…

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Create Engaging Employee Training Programs with Gamification

For staff training and development to be effective, it needs to be two things: efficient and engaging. Not only do managing staff want to share information with employees, they also need to impress upon workers how the knowledge is important in their daily responsibilities and keep them interested in learning more. One of the most effective new techniques for encouraging employee engagement during training is gamification. This non-traditional method involves the use of interactive game scenarios and critical thinking to approach business-related issues. The purpose is not only to make learning interesting but also to bring workers into the situations…

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Do American Employees Work Too Much?

It is not uncommon to hear workers voice sentiments about the amount they work. Whether in seriousness or jest, however, new reports indicate that American employees aren’t exaggerating when it comes to estimating how much time they spend on the clock. To lessen the potential strain that long hours can have on workers, companies may help incorporate certain measures into staff training and development to promote healthy work-life balance. Weekly Hours, Vacation Contribute to Workload Compared to people in countries around the world, US employees spend the same amount of time taking care of domestic or family needs as their…

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