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Written By: daveski on November 17, 2008 No Comment

If it’s your first time visiting Found in Translation, welcome! Today marks the beginning of International Education Week around the U.S. and around the world! Events encouraging study abroad are happening at universities across the country; here at Berkeley there are several events on campus planned for the week, a noon rally on Sproul today (Monday), an international graduate student reception Monday night, workshops for visiting scholars and students who want to go abroad (check the events link above for details).

With all these things going on, it’s a perfect time to strike up some discussion on our campus about our past, present, and future studies abroad, about our language learning endeavors, about what it means to be international at Berkeley. This blog is meant for everyone in our extended campus community who’d like to join the discussion. So far over 80 people–students from all majors and levels of study, language lecturers, professors–have joined the blog community, and over 40 have posted. Check out the “Contributors” page to see their posts!

Please feel free to register and post a comment, or write a post with your experiences, thoughts, or questions. Here are some suggested topics:

  1. What does being bilingual or multilingual mean to you?
  2. Has your experience learning language at Cal, in high school, abroad, or elsewhere changed you? How?
  3. What’s your favorite word in another language? Why?
  4. Who’s had a major impact on your learning of another language?
  5. What feelings or concepts don’t translate smoothly between languages that you know or have learned? Have you had any memorable blunders?
  6. How do you think using and living in other language(s) fits into your future?
  7. How could Berkeley be a better place for learning and using different languages?

If you think you might want to post but don’t want to post in the main stream of blog entries, you can categorize your post as an “Aside” and it’ll appear in the “Asides” section of the front page. This is perfect for shout-outs, invitations, announcements, questions, and other short post.

Please check out the “About” page for more info about the site, including what language to write in. Posts all or partly in languages other than English are very welcome!

If you’re interested in posting more regularly or getting involved in making this a better site, that’d be GREAT! We’ve just changed blog templates recently and there are a lot of clunky things about the blog, and many features to add. Please shoot us (Dave, Usree, Youki) an email at foundintranslation.admin AT gmail.com and we’ll get back to you soon. We’re planning some dinners and get-togethers to meet face-to-face as well as on the blog. If you have a few ideas, good humor, love of language, or know a few PHP tricks, please get in touch.

Hope to see you on the blog, and enjoy International Education Week!

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