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Written By: daveski on March 28, 2011 1 Comment

Seeing a Japanese word I thought was buried in the past re-emerging in day-to-day use reminded me of a strand of posts I started but haven’t kept up with:「ありがとうございます」(Thank you very much),「入口」 (Entrance), and「おひさしぶりです」 (Long time, no see)  were posts I wrote as I tried to make sure my […]

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Written By: daveski on March 23, 2011 No Comment
What are your hopes for AAAL?

This is the first year in a while I can remember that I’m not planning to go to AAAL, the conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics that will take place this coming weekend in Chicago. And in not going, I’m perhaps more acutely aware of what I might be missing than […]

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Written By: daveski on March 12, 2011 1 Comment

The 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan two days ago, the continuing revelations about the loss of life, the massive water damage, and now the minute-by-minute unfolding of an already bad and potentially horrific situation in a number of nuclear reactors in Japan … these seem to have reduced language to nothing. These are […]

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Written By: daveski on February 4, 2011 4 Comments
“Thank you, Mr. Safeway Shopper”, or, The Joy of a Categorical Identity

For a long time, I’ve had a thing against the way that Safeway has its cashiers personalize customers’ encounters at check-out time. Or, maybe I shouldn’t just call them “customers”, because, after all, we are card-carrying members, only able to get the real price on dozens of items if we sign over our names and […]

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Written By: daveski on December 13, 2010 2 Comments
Thanks to Korean 한국어에 감사하며

한 2년 전에 이 블로그 FIT에서 UC버클리 일본어 선생님들께 감사의 말씀을 적은 적이 있다. 내가 학부생 일때 그 언어를 철저하게 공부할 수 있게 해주신 선생님들께 적어도 그렇게 써드려야겠다고 생각 했기 때문이다.

About 2 years ago here on FIT I wrote a post thanking my UC Berkeley Japanese teachers. This was the least […]

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Written By: daveski on November 15, 2010 6 Comments
The Top Words of 2010: Non-English Edition

I saw news from the good folks over at Langology that the Global Language Monitor has already published its Top Words of 2010 list. The top 3 results they list from their “annual global survey of the English language” are: “Spillcam”, from the BP oil spill coverage; “vuvuzela” of World Cup […]

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Written By: daveski on November 7, 2010 11 Comments
Following the language faculty cuts at LSU

There’s a certain urgency to the question asked on the blog of The Foreign Language Fourteen, “When did you first realize that knowing a foreign language was cool?” The blog prompts its readers with questions like “Do you know that Spanish won’t get you anywhere in Brazil?” “Can you read Plato […]

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Written By: daveski on October 23, 2010 6 Comments

The thinning out, scaling down, and downright elimination of language programs seems to be a normalizing trend in these times of budgetary hardship. While the State University of New York at Albany’s wholesale elimination of its French, Italian, Russian, classics and theater programs this month has received some notice, it hasn’t, […]

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Written By: daveski on October 15, 2010 4 Comments

Well, since Youki and Usree lured me into this quiz on Facebook, i thought I’d post it here because, well, I don’t know if you want to let yet another Facebook app access all of your personal information. If you’re on Facebook, that is. And we should be able to talk about these […]

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Written By: daveski on October 11, 2010 4 Comments
If I am you, then we is possessed

“I’m not a witch. I’m nothing you’ve heard. I’m you.”

So starts this campaign ad for Christine O’Donnell, the Republican party nominee for the special Senate election in Delaware, released about a week ago:

And considering the lunacy of the opening and closing lines (especially), I assumed that the good folks over at the […]

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Written By: daveski on September 28, 2010 No Comment
Worlds in words, on the word world map

If you can say that three times fast, then please read on… : )

This post accompanies the Word Map page that’s linked in the header of the FIT homepage. Sirpa and I were inspired by the activities listed on the website for the European Day of Languages to make a few fun […]

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Written By: daveski on September 28, 2010 No Comment

The Center for the Art of Translation and LitQuake present an event that you might expect to find on a blog called Found in Translation–a panel discussion entitled “What Should I Read in Translation?”, featuring translators Chana Kronfeld, Kareem Abu-Zeid, Alissa Valles, and Eric Selland, and moderated by Scott Esposito. To […]

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Written By: daveski on September 24, 2010 No Comment

The title pretty much says it all…thanks to Viola on Facebook for pointing out that today is National Punctuation Day. The website actually has a lot of useful information about how and when to use each type of punctuation, so if you want to brush up, give those semicolons and apostrophes a click!

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Written By: daveski on September 21, 2010 4 Comments

Is FIT a “subject in process”? Is this true for all multi-user blogs? Or even all blogs generally?

I’ve been reading Claire Kramsch‘s new book, The multilingual subject: What foreign language learners say about their experience and why it matters, and she argues that the learner of a second or foreign language is, or […]

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Written By: daveski on September 9, 2010 No Comment

Happy Friday!

If you have a language or cultural topic you’re curious to talk about or would like to try blogging about, or if you’d like to meet and share stories about your names in other languages and English, come to Caffe Strada anytime from 2:30 to 4, in the patio area outside.

It’d be […]

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Written By: daveski on September 8, 2010 2 Comments

It was great to meet everyone who came out to the Found in Translation get-to-know-you meeting last Friday at Caffe Strada, and everyone in Rick Kern’s course, Applied Language Studies. I’m looking forward to a great semester of blogging with you all about our experiences learning, using, and thinking about languages and cultures.

Last […]

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Written By: daveski on August 11, 2010 No Comment

If you find yourself wanting to savor a little more of the summertime AND also ease yourself into the semester mindset, you might like to take a look at the reading list introduced in an article on the BLC website, “Late Summer Reads“. Comments and additions are welcome there, if you’ve got readings […]

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Written By: daveski on July 28, 2010 2 Comments

¿Saben Uds. cómo se dice “carrot” en español? Do you know the words for vegetables, fruits, and other foods in Spanish? Today is Super Miércoles–Super Wednesday–at Mi Tierra Foods in West Berkeley, where you can read product labels in both Spanish and English. Check out this article and interview with Mi Tierra manager […]

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Written By: daveski on July 19, 2010 No Comment

The Center for African Studies at UC Berkeley invites you to take a class in an African language this Fall 2010 semester, including:

Elementary Zulu
Elementary Chichewa
Elementary Wolof
Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Swahili

Class times, Course Control Numbers, and more information is available on this PDF file. Contact Amma Oduro (amma AT berkeley DOT edu) […]

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Written By: daveski on July 17, 2010 No Comment
データから言葉を生かし・・ Traces from the Japanese database

The past few weeks I’ve been helping out in a small hidden corner of one of the BLC’s bigger endeavors of the past few years: the Library of Foreign Language Film Clips, a collection of clips and linguistic and cultural metadata from oodles of movies in non-English languages. The LFLFC page I just […]

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