Part language usage book, part memoir, all amusing, Between You & Me is a delight. Norris spent many years at The New Yorker, and many of her examples of misused language are gleaned from her time at the magazine. Have trouble with "who" vs "whom" or "that" vs "which"? Norris...
A memoir exploring the intersections of culture, language, class, sexuality, and religion. Hernandez grew up in New Jersey with immigrant parents--her mother from Columbia, her father from Cuba. She learned both Spanish and English and helped her parents navigate the world, including filling out her father's unemployment applications when factory...
A quick read and soft handed exposé of a few popular English nursery rhymes. I especially enjoyed getting a glimpse of the world in which they were written and appreciate the glossary and source notes.
I enjoy reading Mark Forsyth's blog (http://blog.inkyfool.com/) and his fascinating histories behind words. His playful tone can sometimes border on pontificating, especially if you aren't cozy with the OED. Want to learn more about the OED? Check out Simon Winchester's The Meaning of Everything.
I've been doing a lot of translating of materials for our Spanish-language computer classes lately, and now I stop and wonder every ten seconds what I did before the Internet. I mean, I'm old enough to remember a time when it wasn't there, when you actually heard your computer connecting to a network and there were no animated GIFs of bike-riding kittens to be had; but I often forget that.
When it comes to learning a new language - or honing your skills at one you've picked up - here's where I go:
New Year's is just around the corner, are you prepared for your New Year's Resolution? Take a look at some places on the web to help you keep some common resolutions, including: Get Into Shape, Quit Smoking, Get a New Job, Learn a Language and Save $$$.
Getting in shape seems to be the most sought after goal of New Year's resolutions. The only problem is, it's really hard to get started (and we don't want to embarrass ourselves trying new things in a strange gym). So what can we do to get our motivation up and our weight down? Where can I go to workout? Check out Denver Rec Centers! They are a cheaper option to the larger national gyms.
Mango Languages is offering this free course 'til the end of June - Learn to Speak Pirate. Scroll down to "Start Learning Pirate." As you can imagine, it's not on our regular Mango subscription list so we'll have to use this link. The cultural and grammar notes in the language lessons, not to mention the Pirate voices themselves, are hilarious!
How do you say: Oh my gosh, the ship isn't moving!
Answer: Blow me down, the ship's becalmed!
If this inspires you to learn other languages, like Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Greek and more, check out DPL's Mango Languages database (library card required) and more language resources.
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