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Written By: daveski on June 17, 2009 7 Comments
Learning 2 languages at once: English in 한글!

여러분, 안녕하세요? (Hi, everyone!)

I’m writing this post for anyone on this blog, Found in Translation, but want to give a special shout-out to the summer language classes at Cal. And since I’m in Korea right now, and since I started studying Korean many years ago in a K1 summer language class at Berkeley (now I’m […]

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Written By: daveski on May 16, 2009 No Comment

Anyone who’s interested in language in society might want to take a look at the May 2009 issue of Text & Talk, with articles on Dell Hymes by Jan Blommaert, Nancy Hornberger, Susan Ervin-Tripp, Ron & Suzanne Scollon, Ben Rampton and others. I got the original link from LinguistList.

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Written By: daveski on May 11, 2009 3 Comments

Now, looking back and looking forward at the end of my third semester in Language and Power, I’m struck by how much the syllabus feels like it tells the story of a journey of survival. But, I have to admit, it’s a funny kind of journey, and one I wouldn’t have ever hoped for, since […]

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Written By: daveski on May 5, 2009 1 Comment

If you have some time this Friday, there are going to be some great language events to go to.

First, Ana Celia Zentella, Professor Emeritus at UC San Diego and well-known for her prize winning book Growing up Bilingual: Puerto Rican children in New York, will be talking at the Center for […]

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Written By: daveski on May 1, 2009 4 Comments

Just got this announcement from the BLC mailing list, and I thought that some people out in the FIT community might be interested in taking the class, or passing the word on…

NEW AFRICAN LANGUAGE CLASS!

Elementary Wolof!

*BACKGROUND:
Wolof* is spoken mainly in francophone countries such as Senegal, and
to a lesser extent in France, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania.
This […]

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Written By: daveski on April 20, 2009 2 Comments

I got this email from Wolfgang E. Adolph in the Department of Mod. Lang. & Linguistics at Florida State University via the Language Learning and Technology International Information Forum listserv; considering the UC system’s ongoing budget woes and threats to our languages at Cal I thought it’d be good to cross-post in its […]

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Written By: daveski on April 2, 2009 1 Comment

Have you seen any new or old books out that are worth taking a look at? I’ve been keeping my eye on the LinguistList over the last several days and these look pretty interesting:

Language Teaching, edited by Michael Toolan. A collection of chapters in Roy Harris’ integrational linguistics tradition that says it debunks […]

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Written By: Youki on March 24, 2009 12 Comments

Who here learned the English alphabet to the “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” melody? Of course since we have many international readers I’m half expecting a few people to say “I didn’t!” (or maybe you did? I’m curious). Well, from my own experiences growing up, the link between music and language was strong. From more→

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Written By: daveski on March 19, 2009 No Comment

おひさしぶりです。(ohisashiburi desu) = “Long time, no see.”

この前のポストを載せてから、もう一週間がすぎてしまいました。時間が経るのが本当にはやいもんですね。でもこの前にコメントを書いて下さったmichinoskiさんとykishiさんと、あと自分のブログからリンクしてくれたワードさんの言葉を見てずっと、「おひさしぶり」についてちょっと書きたいな、と思ってきました。

言葉は人と人をつなげてくれて、ながい間潜んでいた過去をよみがえらせてくれる、本当に不思議なものです。michinoskiさんだって、3、4年前から仲のいいcolleagueと友ですが、彼女の引っ越しや赤ちゃんの誕生によって話をこの1〜2年、しなくなってしまったんです。どちらとも話したくない訳でも全然ありませんが、自然に距離が開いてきて、そうなってしまったんです。

ワードさんも13年も前に一緒に金沢大学で留学していた頃から話をたまに聞いていましたが、私が今度、日本語で書きだしたのがきっかけのようで、フェースブックを通して連絡がとれました。昔からの友達の「声」を聞いて、彼が日本語の勉強に未だにがんばっているのを見て、感動しました。ハイ、ワード!お久しぶり!

「おひさしぶり」とともに「楽しみにする」についても書いた方がいいかも知れません。なぜならば、英語じゃなく、私にとって過去があるから親しみがあるこの日本語で考えて、想像して、字を書いていると、私にとって大事な人、でもなぜか連絡をとらないようになってしまった人のことを思い出します。すると、「なつかしいな」と思いながら、これから久しぶりに連絡をとるのが楽しみです。

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Written By: daveski on March 14, 2009 No Comment

TechCrunch reported yesterday that there was a language startup website that was among the winners in the European startup conference in Brussels, Plugg. Apparently the site Myngle, which connects individual teachers with people who want to learn languges on their own schedule (for a fee), got rave reviews. Other […]

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Written By: daveski on March 11, 2009 2 Comments

Word is just in that a minor in Applied Language Studies is going to be a reality as of this fall!! This is a welcome victory in a long-fought battle, spearheaded by Professors Claire Kramsch (German, Education) and Rick Kern (French) in a time of shrinking budgets and ongoing struggles to define why in the […]

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Written By: daveski on March 4, 2009 6 Comments

今日の言葉は「入口」です。英語にすると「entrance」になりますね。その意味はあまり複雑ではありませんが、日本語の学習者にしても観光客にしても、あと都会の道を行き交う一般人にしても大変重要な言葉だと思います。

Today’s word is “入口” (iri-guchi), which means “entrance”. I remember being struck the first time I was in Japan by the simplicity of the lines in these characters–the 2 smooth strokes of the “入” meaning “to go into” and ”口” literally meaning “mouth”, or “opening”.

最近、ランゲージログという、言語学にかかわって人気のあるブログで、ジェフリープラム教授の記事(ブログ?)を読みました。その見出し(タイトル?題名?)は、私のと一緒、”The Horrror of Ideograms“, つまり、「漢字の恐ろしさについて」です(訳が合っていますか。皆さん助けて下さい:)。プラム教授はもちろん、他の言語学者のように言語に興味プラス才能がたっぷりで、何カ国語ができるようですが、漢字がつかわれているアジアの言葉が一切もできないと、ブログで書いています。そして先週、香港の学会で発表することに当たって、「恐ろしい漢字の国」に入ることになるのがきっかけで、ランゲージログの読者にアドバイスを頼んでいます。

What got me motivated to […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 21, 2009 2 Comments

This past Thursday, I attended Language Matters: Strengthening Asian and Pacific Islander Language Education at Berkeley. The stated aim of the event, according to the program brochure, was “to promote the creation of majors and minors for marginalized API languages like Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Tamil, Vietnamese, Khmer, etc, and to promote labor equity for […]

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Written By: daveski on February 20, 2009 1 Comment

Yesterday I came across this announcement about a summer course in comparative education that’ll be offered through UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. While the course sounds interesting for its content–liberation theology, popular education, social movements from Latin American contexts–the real kicker is that this course is in Spanish. […]

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Written By: daveski on February 8, 2009 2 Comments

A point of consensus that emerged from Friday’s first session of the UCCLLT colloquium “World Language Proficiency in a California Context” was the need for greater public and political will to support foreign and native and heritage language education in California. The main question of the day seemed to be how to cultivate […]

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Written By: daveski on January 28, 2009 No Comment
Next weekend: “World Language Proficiency in the California Context”

Rick Kern posted previously about the upcoming UC Language Consortium Colloquium: “World Language Proficiency in the California Context”. The event will feature many major speakers about topics of pressing importance for languages and education in California, as described in this new UCB event announcement. The colloquium is […]

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Written By: daveski on January 8, 2009 No Comment

It’s a few months old, but this list on TechCrunch has tons of links.

It’s interesting that the author says that the biggest chunk of Web 2.0 education sites are for language learning….where exactly is the $20 billion “second language acquisition market”?

Any favorite Web 2 sites? I’m going to check out the Italian right […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 8, 2009 1 Comment
Let’s Conversate

Over at the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates interviews the Editor-At-Large for the Oxford English Dictionary, Jesse Sheidlower, about the linguistic legitimacy of the Ebonics word conversate. Check out the really provocative post and leave your comments below!

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 7, 2009 2 Comments
The English Speaking Curse

Soiled burlap sacks and old, foot worn carpets coat the dark cement floor. Tear-shaped mildew patches stain most of the wallspace, and the paint is peeling, crumbly to the touch. There is a hastily constructed altar housing a few Hindu idols on one end of the room, and a Bisleri mineral water bottle stands oddly […]

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Written By: kernrg on January 6, 2009 No Comment
UCCLLT Colloquium on World Languages in California

Please note that January 6 is the last day to take advantage of “early bird” registration fees for the upcoming UC Language Consortium Colloquium on World Language Proficiency in the California Context, to be held here at the UC Berkeley campus (Pauley Ballroom) on February 6-7.  This is an important colloquium that I hope most […]

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