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2011-12-07 04:57:00

Find Out Who Scored an 'A' and Who Failed the Grade ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ProEnglish, the nation's leading advocate of official English, today unveiled its grades for the 2012 presidential candidates. ProEnglish has ranked the candidates based on their strength of support for preserving the historic role of English as the common, unifying language of the United States. Over 90% of the world's nations have an official language, but the U.S. is not...

2011-11-22 18:01:00

Squeezed middle: the section of society regarded as particularly affected by inflation, wage freezes, and cuts in public spending during a time of economic difficulty, consisting principally of those people on low or middle incomes. NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2011 Every year, the dictionaries teams at Oxford University Press in the UK and the US put their heads together and come up with a Word (or Phrase) of the Year. This year, for the first time, both the UK and US teams have agreed...

2011-08-29 14:00:00

The Word on Words: The Play of Language is a âœhipâ and contemporary word book that draws from pop culture, sports, history, art and psychology to explain vocabulary words, to make learning vocabulary exciting, and to reinforce retention. It is like no other vocabulary book of its time. Hammond, LA (PRWEB) August 29, 2011 English professor and author Norman German showcases his passion for words, experience as a teacher of writing and etymology, and...

2011-08-02 15:04:43

New research into how the bilingual brain processes two very different languages has revealed that bilinguals' native language directly influences their comprehension of their second language. The innovative study by researchers in The University of Nottingham's School of Psychology set out to explore whether Chinese-English bilinguals translate English words automatically into Chinese without being aware of this process. More than half of the world's population speaks more than one language...

2011-06-27 09:16:00

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and HERNDON, Va., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, and Middlebury Interactive Languages today announced the addition of five new languages to Powerspeak Languages, an online language-learning product. The new languages are: English as a Second Language (ESL) for Mandarin speakers, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Korean. With these additions,...

2011-06-03 00:14:00

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Penn., correctly spelled cymotrichous, a Greek-derived word meaning "wavy haired," to win the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. Sukanya, an eighth grade student at Abington Heights Middle School in Newton Ransom, Pennsylvania, represented the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in the competition. This was her third year competing in the national finals. Thirteen spellers took the...

2011-05-31 17:13:31

How do people who speak more than one language keep from mixing them up? How do they find the right word in the right language when being fluent in just one language means knowing about 30,000 words? That's what science has wondered about for decades, offering complicated theories on how the brain processes more than one language and sometimes theorizing that bilingualism degrades cognitive performance. But University of Kansas psycholinguist Mike Vitevitch thinks that complicated...

2011-05-03 08:27:00

CINCINNATI, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On Sunday, May 29, the Scripps National Spelling Bee will welcome 275 spelling champions and their families to the nation's capital region for Bee Week, a program of sightseeing and entertainment surrounding the 84th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Spelling champions hail from: the 50 U.S. states, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Schools in Europe, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana,...

2011-04-14 23:01:00

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) FRIDAY, APRIL 15: FIRST AMERICAN DICTIONARY Profile America -- Friday, April 15th. A landmark in the development of the way we use language was published this week in 1828 -- Noah Webster's "American Dictionary of the English Language." One of Webster's goals was to simplify spelling from...

2011-03-29 09:05:00

NEW YORK, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Author and native New Yorker John DePonte has published Speakening®: English and Spanish for Serious Students, an 83 page book that teaches students of both English and Spanish the sentence structures needed for fluency in these languages in the way that we learn our mother tongue: through conversation. It is a dual language approach that not only makes English and Spanish accessible to speakers of any language, but accelerates the...