How to Tame a Wild Tongue

In my house there is always a constant language barrier. The fact that my mother and father both speak English and Dutch with easy is no big problem. But my father who can speak up to eight different languages seems to have the most problems with it. Form time to time he will use a Portugue

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Exploration of Languages

Some thought it came from Turkish, and some thought it came from mouth pantomime. Where did language really come from? Well from what has been read, nobody really knows. Sure threre are plenty of theories, but if famous Greek philosophers, like Pythagoras, or Plato couldn't figure it out, But do not

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How My Language Impact Everyone

How My Language Impact Everyone There are roughly 5,000 or so languages in use in the world today. There have been grandiose plans by people in the past to create a universal language for the world. One example is a language published by Dr. L. L. Zamenhof over 100 years ago called "Esperanto," mea

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Ways On Learning Languages

According to one great writer: "The more languages you know - the more times you are a man". To my mind, it is true because we can't live without foreign language in our days. There are a lot of ways of learning language. For example, my best friend learns watching TV. She says that it is very good

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The Only Language Left

Will the statement below be true or not? English will be the only language needed to communicate by 2100 and all other languages will be dead. To support this view I would have to say that right now English is the most commonly used and the fastest developing language on earth. In a

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The Universal Language of the World

There are roughly 5,000 or so languages in use in the world today. There have been grandiose plans by people in the past to create a universal language for the world. One example is a language published by Dr. L. L. Zamenhof over 100 years ago called

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The English: A Universal Language

More than seven hundred years ago, when the students of la Sorbonne attended a debating session, those young men from different European countries were speaking in Latin, a then dominant language of the educated. Now at the dawn of a new millenium, we are here exchanging our respective views on t

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Argument on Bilingualism in Schools

To speak more than one language or not to speak more than one language- that is the question. The dilemma between making English the only official language in America or having multiple official languages is an important issue that affects everyone that speaks a language in America, especially thos

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Defining Ebonics

What is Ebonics? Is it a language or not? Should it be used as a tool to teach Ebonic speaking students "standard" English or not? These issues recently came under fire when an Oakland, California school board unanimously voted that Ebonics, which is also referred to as black English, is a

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English as a Future Global Tongue

English is spoken by more people than any other language in the world, thus it is considered a world language. Today English seems to evolve to a future global tongue, as its spreading on the Internet in recent years shows (almost 80% of the world-wide-web's pages are now

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The Difference Between German and American Society

The German society is alomst as the American society is, but there are some differences between those two cultures. Germans spend their money for traveling all over the wolrd, the Americans (which isnt quite the right expression for people who live in the US, because there are a lot more people, w

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Norman's Poetry

With the coming of the Normans the life of Anglo-Saxon has changed. The English language disappeared and it was dealt only by the lower classes of society. The Normans have carried with them many new French ideas and administrations. The literature of the invaders was dominant o

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The Use of Ebonics in America

I wuz goin to da markit ta pik up sum food, when I said "yo G, wus up wit you." He got pot an dope all ova ‘is coat, he got unuf *censored* ta fill up a boat. He took out a joint an a huge-ass gat, I said,"Yo man, thas phat!" He gave it ta me so I could look at it, and I said, " yo, ware d

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The Dutch Style Houses in Todays America

German settlers came to North America in the late 17th century, they settled mainly in Pennsylvania. Germans built large, lasting houses of wood and quarry stone. Dutch settlers came, more than a century earlier, to the New World. Their first settlements were in New Amsterdam, now known as Ne

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Essay Review on Richard Rodriguez's Gains and Losses

The role of the English language in Richard Rodriguez's "Gains and Losses" The essay "Gains and Losses" by Richard Rodriguez deals with one of the most important and controversial questions in American society-what is the role of the English language in the United States and throughout the rest o

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New Vocabulary of American Language

My brother and i are alike in that we both often have very strange dreams. A couple of months back, he dreamed that he was driving in Mexico with his best friend Jacob, when he got pulled over by the Mexican police. When asked if he was drunk, he replied with, "Of cour

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The English Only Movement in U.S.

Language has always been an important part of a country's culture and way of life. When the U.S. was founded, it was common to hear as many as 20 languages spoken along with many documents that were printed in different languages. There have been many debates over establishing a

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German Americans in America

In 1990 the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 57,985,595 people in the United States claimed some measure of German ancestry. This makes up almost a quarter of the U.S. population. German immigration started as early as 1607. The first three Germans to migrate to the U.S. were, F.Ung

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The National Language

With the United States being called the "Melting Pot" of the world, many foreigners flock to this country with hopes and aspirations of living a better life. People from all over the world voyage to the "Land of Plenty" expecting that they will be given the oppor

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A War Against Prejudice- Irwin Shaw's Act of Faith

Prejudice is defeated not by force but by faith in the goodness in the hearts and minds of men. This idea is what Irwin Shaw tries to express in his short story "Act of Faith" through his character Norman Seeger, an American soldier during the second World War, who

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Aria Essay

Aria was a somewhat odd essay. At first I couldn't determine if the purpose of his essay was to tell of his childhood difficulties or to tell of the changes made in public schools for bilingual children. I am still unsure of the sole purpose, but I have come to the conclusion that it is of bo

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Quotations and Responses in the Scarlet Letter

1) "O father in heaven- if thou art still my father-what is this being which I have brought into the world!" P.66 2) "Behold, verily, there is the woman of the scarlet letter; and, of truth, moreover, there is the likeness of the scarlet letter running along by her sid

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I have a Dream and Shooting an Elephant

Both Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" and George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" are essays about denouncing racism through effective language manipulations, for example, figurative language and precise diction. Both essays are powerful pieces that draw reader

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The Definition of Ebonics

What is Ebonics? Is it a language or not? Ebonics, referred to as black English, is a language with clearly evident African American roots. It has been found that, when learning English, African-Americans adapted the language using some of the structure and rules of their own native tongue. Th

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