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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 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

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 10.20.2015 | 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 08.07.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

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.

What My Child With Autism Has Taught Me

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

It was an ordinary summer day. People were milling on the main thoroughfare, bikes zig-zagging through traffic, cafés and pubs spilling onto the sidewalk, patrons sipping their way through a lazy Friday afternoon. We were ordinary that day too. Just another family, managing the hectic jumble of kids' lessons, bills, our careers, endless streams of birthday parties, too little sleep and the occasional date night out. But it was all shattered with a single word: autism.

If We Call it "Occupied Kashmir," Why Not Call it "Occupied Hong Kong"?

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

In their TV news reporting, BBC World often says "Indian-occupied Kashmir." And yet, the term "Chinese-occupied Hong Kong" is never heard. Why? "Occ...

Let's Shift Our Language When Talking About Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada
Epilepsy Ontario

This suggests that simply shifting our language from "epileptic" to "person with epilepsy" can alter the way others think about those living with epilepsy. Employers, colleagues, teachers, and peers may think of their friends differently if we all start referring to "people with epilepsy" instead of "epileptics."

How Social Media Helped Keep This Terminal Cancer Patient Alive

Lauren Messervey | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

In September of 2013, Jocelyn Leda Simard was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and bone metastases. Her family was told that she would likely not survive to see Christmas. Shattered, but strong, her family members refused to give in to despair. It was then that her son, Justin, came up with an inspiring idea.

Learning Side by Side: How my 4 Month Old is Teaching Me Russian

Alona Feroze | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Alona Feroze

By exposing my daughter to Russian I am not only granting her an earpiece to eavesdrop on her distant kin I am also moulding her mind to handle learning differently. But it seems as though the only way to steep my child in the Russian language is if we tackle it together.

Climate Change Narratives Must Speak to the Public

Sangita Iyer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Politics
Sangita Iyer

Unfortunately, extreme weather events are becoming all too common, as they turn out to be more frequent and furious than ever before. Environmental advocates are quick to point out the "teachable moments" by linking the drastic weather patterns to climate change. However, they need to walk the fine line to ensure that they don't come across as overzealous or self-righteous in their attempts to spur public engagement, as this could turn people off and thwart even their most sincere and genuine efforts.

Idle No More Memes Taking Over the Twittersphere

Tim Querengesser | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Querengesser

#Ottawapiskat has been trending on Twitter with a fervour few other hashtags have generated. Aaron Paquette, a First Nations artist from Edmonton, says he started the hashtag to raise questions about the double standards that First Nations people often face in the media.

Why Language Laws Don't Work

Conrad Black | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada
Conrad Black

In free societies, people must be free to speak any language they wish. Quebec will not make French stronger by trying to weaken English. All people should be proud of their language and speak it well, and all people should recognize that it is an advantage and an enviable condition to speak more than one language. As Paul-Émile Cardinal Léger put it, "It will not be by laws, regulations, fines, and harassments, that a language is promoted. It is by speaking your language in a way that to hear it, others will wish to speak it also."

Surge Of Tagalog Does Not Equal Filipino Progress In Canada

Charlene Sayo | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Charlene Sayo

The mere fact that the media has zeroed in on Tagalog as the fastest growing immigrant language, and the public's surprise of this so-called linguistic phenomenon, is telling of the social insignificance of Canada's third largest ethnic group. Sure, Filipinos are common props in fast-food restaurants, hotels and homes, but their lack of political and economic weight renders them invisible despite their large presence and 24/7 work cycles.

Going Solo: Literally Lost in Translation

Lauren Goodman | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Travel
Lauren Goodman

I feel really lucky to have met a bunch of different people in a bunch of different settings since moving here. But now I'm at the point where I'm looking to move forward in these relationships. What's been difficult is that I lack the language skills to communicate with people beyond what I would share with a new person or casual acquaintance. So now I find myself stuck on the surface or obliging other people to speak with me in English.