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10 English Words You Didn’t Realize Were Foreign Imports

The English language, as we know it today, has evolved over time from a patchwork of multiple languages. For example, the English word bottle was derived from the French word bouteille, which came from butticula, a Medieval Latin word. However, while these words may look somewhat similar, we wouldn’t identify them as the same word without a previous explanation. Loanwords, on the other hand, are words that are lifted from one language and incorporated into another with almost no modification. English borrows so frequently from other languages that many times, we aren’t aware of word origins. And it’s uncertain why…

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Going Global: Manufacturing Spreads To More And Different Countries

The relationship the U.S. has had with foreign-based manufacturing is an ongoing one – “Made in China” tags have become downright ubiquitous, and goods made in the U.S. are almost considered specialty items. The recent economic downturn has done a fair bit to ensure this trend doesn’t change any time soon. In fact, if anything, the global manufacturing market seems to be expanding. Retailers have traditionally turned to outsourcing to factories in foreign countries as a cost-effective way to save money on parts and labor. In the wake of the Great Recession that hit in 2008, many companies have been…

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Cultivating Multicultural Diversity In The Agriculture Industry

The development of agriculture has been an integral part of our national development. From the tales of the first Thanksgiving all the way to the present day, farming and growing food remains a firmly established part of the American identity. More importantly, our national agricultural endeavors have been underpinned by a strong multicultural presence right from the get go. The earliest American settlers received help from the native people of North America to kick start their winter crop yield back in the 17th century, and hundreds of years later the United Farm Workers of America was founded to represent the…

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Inglés en Cinco Minutos: La Diferencia Entre “in” y “on”: Parte 1

Las preposiciones pueden ser un dolor de cabeza para los que están aprendiendo inglés. Para los hispanohablantes, unas preposiciones específicas que causan confusión son in y on, especialmente porque sólo tienen un equivalente en español: “en”. Además, en inglés hay casos en los que se usa on o in mientras que en español no se usa ninguna preposición. Pero ¡no se desanimen! Con unas cuantas reglas básicas, podemos resolver el misterio de estas dos preposiciones. Usa in para países, ciudades, meses, años/siglos y temporadas. I live in the United States. (Vivo en los Estados Unidos.) He lives in New York. (El vive en Nueva…

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It’s Never Too Late!

You’ve likely heard about the research that shows that the best time to learn a second language is when you’re child. That’s fantastic news if you’ve been working hard to raise your children in a bilingual environment since birth. But if you’re over the age of 12 and wanting to learn a language, are you a lost cause? Should you resign yourself to a life of monolingualism? The answer, of course, is no. It’s time to stop agonizing Adult language learners often worry that they’ve waited too long to learn a new language, or if they do decide to pick up…

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Should Employers Monitor Their Employees’ Social Media Usage

Your company may be leveraging social media as part of its marketing and customer service strategy, but it’s important to remember that social media platforms are also largely, well, social. It stands to reason that your employees will be maintaining their own social media presence out of the office on their own time. You and your staff may share the same social space on Facebook, Twitter, or even LinkedIn, but while those streams may cross, should you be keeping tabs on what your employees say in social spaces? In recent years, companies have struggled to find their footing in the…

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The Language of the Future?

You’ve heard the studies. Learning a second language makes you smarter. It makes you a better problem solver and more marketable to employers. It even reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s. “Okay, okay,” you say. “I’m convinced!” But what language should you learn? Where to start? It might be an easy decision for you. Perhaps your Swiss grandparents spoke German, so you’d like to learn it and reconnect with your heritage. Maybe you have business ties to China, so you need to learn Mandarin. Or maybe you have a trip planned to Brazil and you’ve got to learn some Portuguese, fast.…

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Working From Home Benefits Both Employers And Employees

One of the most steadfast fixtures of modern business may be quickly finding itself on its way out the door. Recent years have seen the daily commute and 9-to-5 workday give way to telecommuting and home offices. Many companies in recent years have implemented their own telecommuting policies, and some, like that of tech monolith Yahoo, have even famously failed. By and large, however, research has shown that a properly implemented telecommunication policy can be beneficial not just to employees, but to the company as well. Telecommuting on the rise The New York Times reported on data from the American…

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Streamline Your Training With Performance-Based Learning

Developing and managing corporate training programs is one of the key responsibilities of managers and HR professionals. As companies grow and develop, it will become necessary to streamline employee development programs to remain cost effective and efficient for both management and workers. Especially in customer-facing industries, adopting performance-based learning strategies can help workers to better develop key competencies. Understanding performance based learning According to Workforce magazine, performance-based learning (PBL) differs from traditional corporate training programs in that its focus is on the development of specific skills rather than basic processes and general information. With PBL, training is offered to employees…

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A Language Solution for Every Learner

Education remains a journey. Students still learn the fundamentals before advancing to more challenging material. That classroom tradition continues in today’s online learning environment. Discover how integrating technology with language acquisition meets the different needs of beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners and increases their opportunities to speak their new language. Join us for a free webinar on September 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. EDT for a demonstration of the Rosetta Stone® Language Learning Suite for Higher Education portfolio that complements classroom teaching and offers: Foundational learning to build key language skills Advanced solutions that personalize language acquisition Capabilities to monitor…

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