Learning a language can sometimes feel seemingly impossible. Sid Efromovich offers ways to help improve our learning habits.
Staying focused on my topic, opposed to all the wonderful information that crossed my path during my research, was a difficulty that I faced. Possibly because there are too many great things to learn about!
I explored the practicalities of multilingual education in Nepal. From there interest and inspirations arose:
Benefits of bilingual persons
Prevention factors in saving endangered languages
- Levels of happiness in schools
Below I have attached some mementos. Click on the interesting fact or photo and it will bring you to some great stuff.
Hope ya’ enjoy!
1. How long does it take to learn a new language? Depends on the language you are trying to learn:
- Dutch, French, Italian, Norwegian, and Spanish takes 22-24 weeks.
- Greek, Hebrew, Russian takes 44 weeks of study.
- Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Russian takes 88 weeks for English speakers!
2. How does the brain benefit from being bilingual?
- Seniors who are bilingual can experience less cognitive decline.
- Bilingual babies who are as young as 7 months can easily adjust to environmental change.
Continuing on in my research…
Just yesterday I presented with four lovely ladies on the impacts of Language and Culture in my Semantics Class. We explored various places across the globe & throughout various time periods. A Tribe in Alaska, Texas’ Text Book Policies, Yiddish, Native American Boarding Schools and the language policy in Nepal’s education system (which is also my research topic) were explored.
Visit the a few examples language and education has had an impact on culture below.
What a day!
Today I sat down thinking I was going to research what humanity is loosing as indigenous languages in the Amazon are vanishing. Instead I found something, I believe will be more beneficial and intriguing to my major, my research, and my future being as a teacher.
My oh my, so many wonderful affordances have been gained at this blogging party.
First and foremost, our stomachs are full of delicious pizza thanks to Bill and his wife.
Carlie taught us how to insert GIF’s into our blog.
I learned the history of GINGERS.
And I had time to work on a new blog of mine. Visit. heykidscampers.wordpress.com
GO TEAM GO.
For the small section of Writer/Designer wthat I did read, I constantly kept referring to what I knew, regarding blogs. My mind would wander from delivered subject matter into a majestic land of blogs. I imagined blogs created by artist, travelers, school counselors, and friends, all composed to inspire, deliver, inform, and teach.
Chapter 2 in Writer/Designer encourages us to analyze multimodal projects. And so I began analyzing.
For the last two years I have religiously followed a blog called thefreedomexperiment by Marthe Hagen. Coming from grief, a messy break-up, mental illness, depression, and arguments, Marthe preaches to inspire those who are broken. She is a survivor who has shared her struggles and stories to help those who need.
I found The Freedom Experiment two years ago while scrolling through Pinterest. It was when I came across a beautiful black and white photo of a twenty-something-year old woman who was happily meditating, that I first became inspired by Marthe. Under the photo was the caption:
From this post, I found other post. I found her story. I followed her on Pinterest and continued to revisit her site. Over the past two years, I have watched her site develop. I have watched her numbers grow from hundreds to thousands. She has developed Spotify Playlist, written an eBook, and started “life coaching.” Overall she has expanded
So, as an inspiring blogger, I began inquiring how she has done this – so maybe, I too could be a successful blogger. What Marthe Hagen has done:
- She has a developed a devoted audience that she has built up over the years.
- She writes with a purpose in mind.
- She organizes her work exceptionally well.
- She started small and grew.
- She reconstructed her site to be more ascetically appealing, pleasing the arty type.
- She writes as she designs.
- She will hyperlink her post, Pinterst site, and Spotify playlist within a single post.
- She is an active member in her blogging community – hyperlinking fellow bloggers and artist
So ladies and gents if you would like to be uplifted, inspired, and awestruck by a Writer and Designer, visit the one and only
What is lost when a language goes silent?
Linguists have found a “black hole of linguistics,” located in India’s northeasternmost state called Arunachal Pradesh. It is the land of threatened languages and linguistic diversity.
Isolated and non-hospitable, Arunachal Pradesh remains a restricted bordered region, hoping to keep outsiders out. “Even other Indians are not allowed to cross into the region without federal permission, and so its fragile micro-cultures have been spared the intrusion of immigrant labor, modernization, and linguists.”
Located deep in the jungles of Arunachal Pradesh, on a single-track mountain road, a rural, self-sufficient community continues to breed those of the Aka Tribe. In Palizi, Aka villagers harvest their own produce, slaughter their meat, and build their own houses. They measure wealth by Himalayan cattle, called mithan.Speaking Aka or any other language means drowning oneself in character and concepts. Specific concepts, words, or ideas exist independently in that language, separately from the world.
In Aka the word mucrow is a term of endearment, respect, deference. You could refer to an old woman as mucrow to indicate her wisdom. An Aka wife can affectionately call her husband mucrow as a deep term of endearment.
Today the Aka religion, culture, and language is near extinction with fewer than 2,000 speakers.
“Even in this remote region, young people are seduced away from their mother tongue by Hindi on television and English in school.”
Father Vijay D’Souza, a Jesuit priest from southern India, spoke Konkani as his first language. When he began teaching the Aka people at the school in Palizi, he said the language transformed him. When referring to Aka, Father said,
It alters your thinking, your worldview.
Yet what worldviews will be lost as Aka goes extinct? What aspects of their cultures will vanish? What will happen to their mythological stories that have been passed down for generations? What will happen to their prayers and ceremonies?
Below is a rap song in the endangered Koro Aka language of Arunachal Pradesh, India – Written and Rapped from Songe Nimasow and his friend Khandu Degi.
For more information regarding language visit
- This blog post has been inspired by an article written by Russ Rymer, published by National Geographic in 2010. He does an incredible job depicting the insides of three endangered languages around the world.
- To discover the places on the planet with the most unique, poorly understood, or indigenous languages and why it is important to save them, visit – Endangered Voices Project
- To learn about dominant, endangered, and extinct languages visit – The Authoritative Index of World Languages – Ethonologue
- For more information regarding endangered languages, language and race, language and politics, multilingualism, and much more. Purchase the book – Language: A Reader for Writers
As a child, I have memories of watching the Green Mile and sobbing in my grandmother’s bed. I remember being in a deep state of confusion and hurt as to how it could be legal for a human being to kill another human being.
As I got old enough to semi-understand, I learned that many adults around me were supporters of the death penalty. (I’m from South Louisiana – land of conservative views.) I remember hearing things like, “They deserve what they will get” or “killers deserve to be killed.”
As I am starting to form my own views, I am often times stuck between what has been ingrained in me and a guilt that comes with what I want to support. I feel I am abandoning my religion and family as I form my own views. The death penalty is something I have been encouraged to support, but is something I am skewing away from.
When sitting in Jones late on Wednesday night listening to the cast voice their opinions regarding the death penalty, I realized it is an issue that is easy to view as black or white but is TOO COMPLEX to ever be black nor while!
My main take away from Wednesday night is:
Death is Death. If everyone takes an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth; we would all be blind and toothless.
“Easy to kill a monster, hard to kill a human being”
“Do I look like a mother of a killer?”
“Put em to death like an old horse”
“Wanna ride along side me to the sunset?”
“If you fail this boys soul is doomed.”
“Hatred for people is taught. I wonder who taught you.”
“This is an animal, except animals don’t rape and kill their own kind.”
“You need to participate in your own redemption”
“You just have more color than what I thought.”
“There’s spaces of sorrow that only God can touch.”
What hinder us from completing quality work?
For myself procrastination is a never ending battle that I continue to fight with myself. It has continued to restrain me from completing excellence for years. Overload of responsibilities and lack of time are two factors that have also inhibited me from making work that I am capable of producing.
I realize it is time for me to narrow my priorities and simplify my life.
Narrowing the focus and simplifying factors applied to our discussion made on Friday, October 3. When Bill asked,
“What hinders us from composing quality research.”
My fellow scholars and I inquired different influences that prevent us from being specific in our research:
- Candra stated that often times in our research our questions begin to perpetuate.
- Chloe noted intervention – knowing where to start
- Eric mentioned arrangement – knowing how to arrange our material most effectively for our audience; Bill commented “the way you think of it is not he best way for the reader to encounter it.”
- Carlie said the more specific we get, the more responsible we are
- Alex noted not knowing technical terms sometimes hinders us
Things to note about building better research are:
- Tracy – Are audiences addressed or are they invoked?
- Bill addressed that there needs to be a willingness to be wrong. When you are passionate and clear in research, it shows.
- Bill also pointed out that it is not about our legacy. JUST WRITE.
Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, and political theorist has given us the Five Canons of Rhetoric
Five Canons of Rhetoric constitute a system and guide on crafting powerful speeches and writing. It’s also a template by which to judge effective rhetoric.
Cicero’s Five Canons consist of:
So Scholars, let’s take this challenge, to defeat these hindrances that stop us from producing good work, collaborate together, and produce wonderful works of research for Comp 250.
I come from the Deep South, breathtaking bayous and swamps. I come from crawfish boils, delicious home cooked gumbo, and Cajun Zydeco. South Louisiana is a charming place, filled with an interesting breed of people we call Cajuns. We have funky accents and good home-cookin’.
One of my favorite things about going back home (New Iberia, LA) is hearing the unique phrases that derive from our native tongue, Cajun French. Unfortunately, these phrases are slowly disappearing just as the language has.
“Back in the day” Cajuns almost exclusively spoke Cajun French until the 20th century.
Yet once, Teddy Roosevelt became a proponent of the “melting pot” philosophy, change took place throughout the country. Serious change took place in our education system once Act 27 was passed in 1916 which made it mandatory for all children to attend public school, as well as to speak English exclusively. Until this time, majority of people spoke Cajun French in South Louisiana. It wasn’t until my grandparents were in school that the Act fully went into effect.
My grandparents have told me stories of being scolded in school if they spoke French. They were slapped with rulers and sent out of class. As a result of the intolerance and a stereotype of being uneducated that now came with the language made them stop speaking it. Majority from their generation neglected to pass on the language and as a result the language is feared to be “dead” once their generation dies.
When I called my grandmother (me-maw) about the origins of the language she said in her thick Cajun accent, “Aw meh Chayse, I don’t remember and no one cares bout dat anymore.”
Why is it easier to destroy critical components of a culture than it is to build it up? More importantly why do we continue to destroy critical components of cultures?
Why do we form stereotypes around language, accents, and origins?
Although the Cajun French is almost gone, phrases, food, Mardi Gras, and love for the South remains.