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suzain johan

How to Improve Your Questioning Skills In English - 9 views

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    Questions how is the most important thing in how English. As most of the time your conversation begins with a question if it is necessary to improve it. Here are some tips to learn the techniques of interrogation:
The0d0re Shatagin

Signing, Singing, Speaking: Speaking Language Evolved : NPR - 5 views

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    Article, Voice, and Transcript on the Origin of Language / Speech - emphasis on sign language and singing
Adam Babcock

Does Your Language Shape How You Think? - NYTimes.com - 5 views

  • Native American languages impose on their speakers a picture of reality that is totally different from ours, so their speakers would simply not be able to understand some of our most basic concepts, like the flow of time or the distinction between objects
  • rash-landed on hard facts and solid common sense, when it transpired that there had never actually been any evidence to support his fantastic claims
  • new research has revealed that when we learn our mother tongue, we do after all acquire certain habits of thought that shape our experience in significant and often surprising ways.
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  • if different languages influence our minds in different ways, this is not because of what our language allows us to think but rather because of what it habitually obliges us to think about
  • You may well wonder whether my companion was male or female, but I have the right to tell you politely that it’s none of your business. But if we were speaking French or German, I wouldn’t have the privilege to equivocate in this way
  • but I do have to tell you something about the timing of the event: I have to decide whether we dined, have been dining, are dining, will be dining and so on. Chinese, on the other hand, does not oblige its speakers to specify the exact time of the action in this way, because the same verb form can be used for past, present or future actions.
  • When speakers were asked to grade various objects on a range of characteristics, Spanish speakers deemed bridges, clocks and violins to have more “manly properties” like strength, but Germans tended to think of them as more slender or elegant.
  • gendered languages” imprint gender traits for objects so strongly in the mind that these associations obstruct speakers’ ability to commit information to memory
  • When French speakers saw a picture of a fork (la fourchette), most of them wanted it to speak in a woman’s voice, but Spanish speakers, for whom el tenedor is masculine, preferred a gravelly male voice for it.
  • Nonetheless, once gender connotations have been imposed on impressionable young minds, they lead those with a gendered mother tongue to see the inanimate world through lenses tinted with associations and emotional responses that English speakers — stuck in their monochrome desert of “its” — are entirely oblivious to.
anonymous

Poetry Out Loud - 0 views

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    National Recitation Project for how to set up and run your own poetry out loud project in class or for the competition. Different than a slam: students choose existing poems by recognized poets and perform it through oral recitation. Go to the site and ch
The0d0re Shatagin

A Visual Word Puzzle From Radiolab : NPR - 9 views

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    Companion Visual Puzzle to NPR's story on the Origin of Language / Speech
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