Impostor

I am reading a beautifully written essay on the difficulties of relating childhood memories in English when you grew up speaking another language.  Some things just don’t translate.  In fact, one could argue that events experienced in one language can no more be translated into another than apple can be translated into banana.  Barney the Dinosaur notwithstanding, if you grew up speaking, breathing, existing in purple, how is one to render the experience int...more

The Secret Language of Toddlers

My daughter is almost two and suddenly she has a word for everything. She speaks in incomplete sentences, full of improper grammar. She makes up her own words and combines them to describe what she sees. It’s like a puzzle to figure out what she is saying half the time, but with a lot of patience, I am usually able to decipher her code....more

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: uTalk A language learning app

How do you find yourself when it comes to languages? Are you quite an impressive polyglot or like myself need that little help once in a while? There are still occasions when I still find myself referring to my translator or having a quick refreshers on one of my language apps. Oh, how I wish my brain is like my 7-year-old, in the past two years he’s been learning Castellano, Valenciano and Chinese. Everything seems to be sinking in without any problems. What’s this superpower?...more

Words and Phrases That Annoy the Crap Out of Me...

You know how there are some things people say that make you cringe? I have a few of those. They are either not actual words or they invoke a feeling of "oog" in me I cannot get rid of.Please to enjoy the following:1. Irregardless - YES, I know it's in the dictionary, but it says it's nonstandard, which is a nice way of saying: "OMG, we totally know it's not a word, but since people keep saying it all the damn time, we're just gonna stick it in here."...more

On <i>If</i> and <i>Whether</i>

Among the many quirks of the English language is the use of the conjunctions if and whether to make conditional statements.  While this is probably beyond boring to most of you, it holds a certain appeal to my nerdy proclivities....more

Code Switching

I don’t usually discuss race, on this blog or anywhere else, unless it is preceded by the acronym “NASCAR.”  Today, however, I’ll give it a go, because I’ve been inspired by the new NPR blog, Code Switch....more

Raising Bilingual Children?

After I gave birth, my husband, Jeremy, and I decided that he'd speak to our son in English and I'd communicate with him in Turkish. It wasn't a formal agreement, really. It's not like we sat down around the dining room table and said, we should do this. We didn't conduct an extensive research about being bilingual. We didn't set strict rules. It sort of happened. It just made sense that if our child was going to be exposed to two different cultures, he would learn to speak in two different languages. ...more

Should Bloggers Stop Using "Whore" and "Pimp"?

The Blogging Betties don't often deal with controversial topics, but recently, a word got dropped into our laps that created a little discussion behind the scenes: Whore....more
Language is rich. There are so many ways to express enthusiasm, self-promotion, control, and ...more

Bossy, Bitch, C*nt, Oh My! A Look at Women’s Wars on Words

Women's war of words has been brewing for decades. The recent bossy debate really brings attention to how the sticks and stones might not be the only thing hurting women....more
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