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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 31, 2009 2 Comments
100 Word Books

100 Word Books is a fun book summary wiki where you can “read a whole book condensed into 100 words or less,” submit your own summaries, and rate the books as well.

It’s rather unsettling for me, at one level, to see such elaborate texts reduced to their very concise skeletal structures…on the other […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 31, 2009 2 Comments

Want to read at work without getting caught? This outstanding site, readatwork.com, created by Colenso BBDO for the New Zealand Book Council, offers an innovative approach to getting your readerly fix at the office. It’s basically a Flash application: with a click of a button you’re taken to a faux Windows XP desktop […]

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Written By: Youki on January 31, 2009 1 Comment

What kind of literacies are involved in being able to read a map?  Or being able to recognize geographical locations on a map?

ok I just wanted an excuse to link this video I found.  Although if this stimulates a discussion on map literacies, that would be great!

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Written By: daveski on January 30, 2009 No Comment

I just heard a hilarious and biting clip on NPR from the Chicano/Latino performance troupe Culture Clash‘s “Culture Clash in AmeriCCa”. They’ll be performing tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday at the Brava Theater Center on 24th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. The website explains that the group–Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 29, 2009 3 Comments
Funny Road Signs…

I found this great post entitled “Top 50 Funny Road Signs” on Reddit…Enjoy my top 4 favorites here:

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 29, 2009 3 Comments

This fascinating video was linked to on a story in the Daily Kos recently. It’s a KRON (SF) news story on online newspapers from 1981, speculating on the future of newspapers if a culture of reading the news online ever took off…

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Written By: Billette on January 28, 2009 3 Comments

My second semester as a GSI has begun – and so has my learning of a new language. I teach French daily, my most energizing and, possibly,  most powerful part of the day, and, three times a week, I go directly to a class in Catalan. As I cross the heart of campus, I can […]

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Written By: daveski on January 28, 2009 No Comment

This semester at Found in Translation we’re starting to plan several fun offline activities in addition to the blogging, and we hope you’ll get involved. We’re thinking of movie nights, field trips to local events and exhibits, experimental liveblogging, discussions about language, politics, culture and technology… you name it! (got an idea? post a comment […]

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Written By: Youki on January 28, 2009 1 Comment

from msnbc.com:

I <3 U: What IMs say about your relationship
Study: Words that flow from our fingers could say more than we think

The words that flow from our fingers to loved ones could say more than we think. The more frequently women use the pronoun “I” in their instant messages (IM), the more satisfied they […]

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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 27, 2009 2 Comments

The inauguration of now President Barack Obama was just 7 days ago, yet already it feels far away. It’s disappeared from our own front page on FIT, as it has from blogs and newspapers all around the country And after the rush of first-week policymaking, the first week of classes here at Cal, and business […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 27, 2009 7 Comments

I was rereading Saussure for a class today, when I was struck by his comment that in French, dogs go “ouaoua,” while in English they bark out “bow-wow”!

I looked online for resources on animal sounds in different languages, and here are some interesting links I found:

Quack-project.com, which has actual sound files.

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 27, 2009 2 Comments

Do NOT attempt to duplicate. Even when you’re a professional stunt driver. On Indian roads (where this video is shot) or anywhere.

The message can wait.

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 26, 2009 2 Comments

The Mudra Institute of Communications in Ahmedabad (MICA) recently organized a popular conference on the phenomenon known as Hinglish. According to conference organizer Rita Kotharu, “Hinglish has been around for some time now, but it tends to be dismissed as the preserve of those who know neither English nor Hindi well. It now […]

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Written By: Youki on January 26, 2009 3 Comments

from indystar.com:

Schools have less time for penmanship
Technology, new standards crowd cursive lessons

Third-graders in Michelle Webb’s Burnett Creek Elementary classroom were practicing how to form a lowercase f in cursive on Friday.

Determined faces sprinkled the room as the children wrote again and again — f, f, f — perfecting the “loop the loop” on top […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 26, 2009 2 Comments

I discovered a really cool multilingual wiki (pronouncing) dictionary called Forvo.com. The site contains pronunciations of over a hundred thousand words in 207 languages.

Check it out! 🙂

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Written By: Youki on January 26, 2009 1 Comment

from today’s New York Times:

An Israeli entrepreneur with decades of experience in international education plans to start the first global, tuition-free Internet university, a nonprofit venture he has named the University of the People.

“The idea is to take social networking and apply it to academia,” said the entrepreneur, Shai Reshef, founder of several Internet-based educational […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 25, 2009 6 Comments

Thus, the anecdote goes, began-and ended-the (über)short story by Ernest Hemingway, the fascinating result of a $10 bet. This was the principal motivation behind Smith Magazine‘s call for memoirs in six words; eventually, the best entries were published in the bestseller, “Not Quite What I Was Planning.” In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, […]

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Written By: Youki on January 25, 2009 No Comment

From the BRE Editorial Board:

UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education invites you to a launch party for its own peer-reviewed journal, edited and managed by graduate students. The inaugural issue of the Berkeley Review of Education is slated for publication September 2009. Come celebrate with us and learn more about the journal, or how you […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 23, 2009 2 Comments

Would you agree to live in Ugley, in Essex? Or in North Piddle? No? Then Spanker Lane? Thong, Kent? Or in Pratts Bottom? No? Well then, what about Crapstone? Or, would you care to reside in Diss? Felldownhead? Great Snoring? Or, alternatively, Little Snoring? Would you take a Ham and Sandwich? No?

If […]

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