An article has recently come out by Katie Wudel on the rapid decline of languages. In the article she states that “our languages are disappearing even faster than our species, with many estimates projecting the extinction of two languages every two weeks. Notable linguist and philosopher Dr. John McWhorter has an even bleaker outlook: 90(…)
If you’re reading this blog post right now, it means you’re on the CILC website which also means you have access to the information we have on resources for language learning! Thus, this post may be a bit redundant, but it might be useful for folks to know that learning a new language shouldn’t have(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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.
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,(…)