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If you want to learn a new language or brush up on the language you studied in high school,  Open Culture provides free resources for 37 languages.  From Arabic to Yiddish, you can find everything from survival phrases in Vietnamese to lessons in Mandarin Chinese from the Peace Corps.

No more excuses.


 
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Dictionary Day


October 16th, the birthday of Noah Webster,  is Dictionary Day.  As word nerds, we are big fans of dictionaries, and couldn't do our jobs without them.  Here are a few suggestions on how you can celebrate an importance resource which we often take for granted.

Prevent a word from becoming extinct.  You can find words that are rarely used at www.savethewords.org.  The idea is you adopt a word and begin to use it so that the word doesn't disappear.  If you have a favorite old word that is in danger of dying, you can contact Save the Words and suggest they add it to their list.

Learn a new word. Sign up for the daily email from A.Word.A.Day to learn five new words a week, or just open your favorite dictionary at a random page to discover a new word.

Coin a new word. The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational asks participants to take a word and alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing a letter, and create a new definition.  Recent entries included:

  • Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
  • Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
  • Incoulatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

 If you've ever made up a new word, share it with the world!

 


 
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Golf

The LPGA now offers mobile language labs for players who want to improve their language skills.  This is a notable change from the tour's position two years ago when it proposed penalizing or even suspending players who did not speak English fluently. The sessions are optional, and players pay the $40 hourly fee out of their own pockets.

Read more about this language initiative here.

 

 

 


 

 

 
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