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I Learned Arabic As An Adult To Reclaim My Palestinian Heritage

Else Khoury | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Else Khoury

In 1997 I went to the West Bank to study Arabic. Once there, I found that many of the students in the program were, like me, half Palestinian, and were there as part of an attempt to discover their roots. Before I left, I hadn't thought much about how language defines who we are, or what happens when the languages we use to build our identities are rendered useless.

Words Trump Grammar When It Comes To Truly Learning A Language

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

The importance of a large vocabulary in your target language can't be overstated. Some are convinced we can converse quite comfortably with just a few hundred words. There are lots of articles on the topic. I don't agree.

Dogs Are As Smart As We Think They Are

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

Have you ever tried fooling a dog into getting excited for the wrong thing? Perhaps testing their instincts by offering something boring to the tune of a tasty treat? It turns out that while they may very well be excited by the amped up sound of your voice, they are most likely on to your trick.

How To Avoid Getting Lost In Translation

Christine Shisler | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada
Christine Shisler

Have you ever tried to have an important conversation with someone but felt like they just didn't understand you? Then you might know the frustration ...

How I Learned More Than A Dozen Languages

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

People often ask me how I learned 15 languages. What's my secret? Read ahead and you'll find out.

Personality Has Less Impact On Language Learning Than You Think

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

One of the biggest myths I have come across though is that extroverts are the better language learners. I do not believe at all that you need to be an extrovert to learn a language. Language learning isn't about your personality type, rather it comes down to whether or not you possess the three keys.

Affected Accents May Be The Most Irritating Social Faux Pas

Tom Gamble | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Living
Tom Gamble

The obvious question one may consider is why would someone do this? Is it an attempt to seem well-travelled? Sophisticated? Cultured? If so it could well be in vain as I can tell you that there are many people with English accents who are not well-travelled, sophisticated or cultured

Learning Languages Boosted My Career Opportunities

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Kaufmann

The biggest benefit of speaking languages I've seen in my career is that it increased the opportunities that came my way. You do have to have other things working for you too, of course. You have to have other skills, like knowledge of a specific sector or market, the ability to do business and the ability to be a reliable, energetic person in any number of fields.

How To Become Fluent In A Foreign Language

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

The quick answer on how to achieve fluency in a language is that it is a matter of motivation. Having seen a lot of language learners, I am convinced that motivated learners achieve fluency, and unmotivated learners don't.

Census Stirs Urdu-Punjabi Languages Clash Within Pakistani Community

Tahir Gora | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Tahir Gora

Apart from this legal debate, let's analyze the insecurities of Pakistani-Canadians in terms of not recognizing Punjabi as mother tongue of Punjabi Pakistani Canadians: First, they don't want to count themselves with Punjabi Sikhs and Hindus. Secondly, they declare Urdu as their Muslim language.

5 Ways To Improve Your Language Learning

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

Good language learners notice what is happening in a language. They notice the sounds, the structure and the vocabulary of the language. They notice as they listen and read. They notice when they use the language. How can we train ourselves in the ability to notice in order to become good language learners?

Don't Be Afraid To Make Mistakes When Learning A New Language

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

Making mistakes when speaking or writing a new language is not the same as making other kinds of mistakes, at least not to me. Making mistakes in language learning is not only necessary, it is a good sign. If you are not making mistakes, you are not trying hard enough to use the language.

A Language Learner's Manifesto

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

Have you been studying a language for a while? Are you still afraid to speak? Follow the Language Learner's Manifesto and become confident and fluent in your chosen language. Repeat the following mantra daily: "My goal is to be fluent. I can be fluent. My goal is not to be perfect. My goal is to be fluent. I can be fluent and still make mistakes."

Learning A Language Is Like Falling In Love

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

I'm enjoying carrying on an affair with you and really don't expect anything in return. But I know from experience with other language affairs that I get more out of my relationship than I put in. The rewards are personal, cultural and even professional. The rewards are immense.

Assimilationists Are On The Wrong Side Of Canada's History

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

In Canada, the term assimilation is especially unpopular. It's associated with painful events in the country's history. But the country's proponents of forced assimilation often underestimated the inevitability of resistance on the part of their targets. The lessons of our history seem lost on many Canadians as it's surprising to learn how many endorse making "others" like "them." Paradoxically, several Canadians that continue to fear assimilation are amongst those most apt to believe that their own cultural survival depends others assimilating.

Silencing White Men Endangers True Equality In Canada

Ujjal Dosanjh | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Ujjal Dosanjh

Canada continues to make important strides toward more equality. But there are storm clouds on the horizon that endanger the continuing pursuit of true equality. What started as a legitimate change to bring about equality and transformation of how we viewed, treated and spoke about each other has now ossified into a rarely breached wall of silence, a silence reinforced by the onset of the West's indifference to its own good, bad or ugly -- but distinct -- societies, their values and norms. Call it white man's burden or guilt, a guilt for the sins of the past now manifesting itself in the white man's fear.

I Am Playing Catch-Up With My Culture

TamilCulture | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Living

At 21 years old, I realize that I have done myself a disservice. I can barely form a coherent sentence in my language, letters are foreign squiggles to me, and I find myself performing exaggerated gestures to communicate with my non-English speaking grandma. This is certainly not due to a lack of exposure to Tamil, but more as a result of a conscious distancing.

This Is What Happens In Your Brain When You Can't Remember A Word

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Living

"But I .. just .. knew it a second ago!"

Activism in Canada's Medical Cannabis Industry is Evolving

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Living
Jenna Valleriani

To deny the history of medical cannabis access does a disservice to our understanding of access in Canada and what it's actually like for patients trying to navigate this system. We've seen the framing of cannabis in the media change rapidly -- I don't doubt much of this is owed to the professionalization of the new federal industry, alongside more research, more interest and, of course, more money.

What You Need To Know About (Trans)Gender Language

Ana Rodriguez | Posted 08.07.2016 | Canada Living
Ana Rodriguez

Transgender rights have been popping up in the headlines more and more in the past few months. But transphobia still exists  --  on the internet, in schools, in families, and in the media. We've come a long way and still have a long way to go.

Being Tamil Isn't Just About Speaking the Language

TamilCulture | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Living

My Canadian-born son isn't proficient in Tamil. I have not been successful in teaching him. I feel that my ineffectiveness comes off as un-Tamil to some. We're used to the idea of the cultural mosaic and pride in our heritage by proudly declaring that our kids are proud Tamils.

How I Handle the Linguistic Challenge of Answering My Kid's Question

David Martin | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Living
David Martin

Many years ago, when my daughter Sarah was a four-year-old, 35-pound dynamo, her every third sentence was "Why?". I expected that, of course. I'd rea...

Do You Know the Slang Terms of 2014?

Shirley Williams | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Living
Shirley Williams

Do you know the slang terms that were popular in 2014? Are you ready for 2015? Not sure? Let's do a simple test to find out.

WATCH: Americans Try Their Best To Define Canadian Slang

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Living

Want to speak like a Canadian? First, you have to get the slang down pat. In this latest installation of Americans experiencing Canadian things (th...

Can You Tell These Commonly Misused Words Apart?

Jenna Em | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

Let's face it: there are some words that have been put on earth just to trip up the masses with their spellings. Words like receive, perseverance, cemetery, occasionally, grateful, calendar, judgment, separate, and liaison -- are all booby traps of the English language.