As more Mexican immigrants make successful lives for themselves in the United States, the influx of money back to small communities in Mexico is at a record high. We talk about the effect this has had on rural Mexican life. We also discuss languages with very few living speakers, which might disappear in the next 100 years.
We discuss the ever-changing way words sound and how they are used in the English language. We get a former Chicago Bear's perspective on allegations of painkiller abuse on the '85 team. And, we talk birth control in the Catholic Church.
In order to understand the weight of tradition in today’s foreign language textbooks, one needs to return to the way Latin was taught in schools during the Renaissance period. Even now, people believe that it is necessary to translate, learn grammar rules and do written exercises in order to learn the oral aspects of a foreign language. However, linguist and philospher, Claude Germain, argues that this is not the case.
Despite the politics of strategic partnership, the U.S. and China sometimes seem to inhabit two different planets. In the new comedy Chinglish, Tony-Award-winning Chinese-American playwright David Henry Hwang shares a story of absurd cultural misunderstanding between these nations.
In a move that could eventually expand dual language programs in Chicago Public Schools, the district announced Friday it plans to make learning a language a core part of its education program. If the new initiative takes hold, thousands of Chicago students from preschool through 12th grade cou