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You’re Saying it Wrong! – A Lesson in Malapropism

Yogi Berra: Master of Malapropism Yogi Berra, the 89-year-old baseball Hall of Famer, is legendary for a lot of reasons: He was the Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player three different years, he managed teams that made it to the World Series, and he was arguably the greatest catcher of all time, to name a few. But there’s another thing he’s famous for: “Yogiisms.” Berra made people laugh with his statements of the obvious (“you can observe a lot by watching”), his paradoxical statements (“nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded”), and perhaps most hilarious, his malapropisms. What’s a…

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Obamacare Writes A Prescription For Greater Cultural And Linguistic Diversity In Health Care

This month marks the first anniversary of the launch of Healthcare.gov – a symbol of the significant reform the U.S. health care industry has undergone in recent years. The introduction of the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare, has brought many changes to the field of medicine, both financially and in terms of practice concerns faced by health care providers. One area that has also been given a jolt is the number of people who are now enrolled in insurance plans who were not previously ensured. More specifically, there is a growing percentage of multicultural and multiethnic Americans, particularly…

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Language Learning: App, App, and Away!

Here in my corner of the globe, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is in full swing. It started Saturday the 4th and runs through October 12th, so if you hop on a plane now, you can still make it in time for a mass ascension, when all of the balloons go up in waves. The Fiesta began in 1972 with 13 balloons in a mall parking lot and has since grown to be the biggest and oldest gathering of hot-air balloons in the world. This year, there are over 600 balloonists participating, and they come from all over the world.…

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Perdido en la traducción

Hace varios años atrás hice un servicio social en una secundaria con una gran población de estudiantes latinos. La secundaria se ubicaba en un barrio de muchos latinos, pero extrañamente, la escuela no contaba con mucho personal que hablaba español. Así que me tocó interpretar durante varios encuentros entre los papás de los estudiantes y los maestros o la administración. Durante mi tiempo ahí, hubo un acontecimiento que realmente me abrió los ojos. Yo había estado enseñando todo el semestre, y llegó la hora de las conferencias entre los padres y los maestros. Llegó un estudiante – lo llamaremos David…

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Rosetta Stone #SmallerWorld Challenge on Instagram! Week 12

Click Here for This Week’s Challenge Our world is getting smaller every day. Here at Rosetta Stone, we see more and more people learning a new language in order to bridge gaps between people, cultures, and continents. And so we want to give our fans, followers, and language learners another chance to help make this world of ours a smaller, smarter, and more tolerant place.   Here’s how we’re going to do it: the #SmallerWorld Challenge Share with us for a chance to WIN! Every Monday for the next 12 weeks, we’ll pose a different challenge calling on you to snap…

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Growth In Chinese Consumer Market Spells Change For Retailers

Yesterday, the National Retail Federation kicked off its annual Shop.org summit in Seattle, where retailers from throughout the United States are convening to address key issues in their changing industry. An influx of immigrants to the U.S. in recent years means that retailers are now catering not just to their traditional consumer base, but also to a newer contingent of multicultural and multiethnic groups. As a result, many companies will need to take specific steps to improve customer service among these different subsets of the population. One such group that has seen an increase in its representation in the retail…

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Music for The Language-Learning Win!

Have you ever heard a jingle for a product and couldn’t get it out of your head? (♪ “Get a Jeep, get a Jeep, get it cheap, cheap, cheap!”♫) There are songs associated with all sorts of brands—car insurance, cat food, even law firms. And why do you think that businesses go to the trouble of making up catchy tunes about their services or merchandise? It’s the same reason why preschoolers all over the nation sing the ABC’s: music is a mnemonic device. What is a mnemonic device? It’s a technique that enables you to remember something. There are all…

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Go Places with Language and Win $2,500 and More

  Share your language story! Every language learner’s story is different—from the reasons they’re learning a new language to the unique journeys they take to reach their language-learning goals. And for those of you who’ve yet to start your journey, we know you’ve got stories, too. Whether you’ve learned a language with Rosetta Stone or have always wanted to, we want to hear from you! Share your language-learning story for a chance to win some great prizes! How do I share my story? Entering is simple. Make a short video that shows what you’d do if you could learn a new language with…

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Inglés en Cinco Minutos: La diferencia entre “in” y “on”: Parte 2

La semana pasada publicamos unas reglas básicas para ayudarte a dominar el uso de las preposiciones in y on. Hoy regresamos con más ejemplos para que puedas navegar el sistema aparentemente arbitrario que gobierna estas preposiciones. Usa in para un carro o camioneta, PERO usa on para cualquier otro medio de transporte. Get in the car/truck! VS. Get on the boat/train/motorcycle/bike/plane! Usa in para material que ha sido impreso, PERO usa on para material electrónico. I read about it in the newspaper. VS. I read about it on Facebook. Usa in time cuando quieres decir que cumpliste algo antes de…

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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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