Vietnamese Slang

Vietnamese Slang {0}

As a soon-to-be English teacher, I find idioms and idiomatic phrases to be some of the most difficult but fulfilling aspects of language to teach and understand. With that said, here is an illustrated guide to some slang used in Vietnamese! I am told that a lot of these are regional, but they are quite interesting no(…)

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The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita {1}

College senior Dennis Kachintsev has been translating Mikhail Bulgakov‘s The Master and Margarita since the start of his junior year in the hopes of generating more interest in what he considers to be one of the finest novels ever written. He has permitted the language lab to post the first chapter of this work in(…)

Hmong language, culture, and food: What most people don’t know.

Hmong language, culture, and food: What most people don’t know. {0}

40 years ago the Hmong people began migrating to the United States, specifically to Minnesota, which has the second largest Hmong population in the country. Here are some things you probably did not know about the Hmong.

Hindi on My Ballot: Language Representation During Elections

Hindi on My Ballot: Language Representation During Elections {0}

Chicago recently had an important mayoral election, and as a Chicago-an myself, I like to remember where the importance of language comes into play for people in real life situations outside of language study. One of these instances is the case of which languages appear on your ballot. Chicago recently added Hindi onto its list,(…)

Foreign-language study drops in US universities

Foreign-language study drops in US universities {0}

The Modern Language Association (MLA) reports that despite rising college attendance, the number of students enrolled in foreign-language courses has dropped overall since 2009, that last time students were surveyed. A number of reasons are proposed, including the recession, a greater number of new course offerings, and a wider availability of language courses in primary and(…)

Memorizing vocabulary? Put your whole body into it!

Memorizing vocabulary? Put your whole body into it! {0}

When you learn a language, do you do it sitting down quietly? A study by the Max Planck institute in Germany says that you’ll probably learn better if you add in some full-body gestures to your study practices. Participants in the study were “taught” a made-up language, with one group only reading and listening, another group watching videos(…)