• The Philogelos: Cartoons from the World’s Oldest Joke Book

    Posted on August 11, 2015 by Blog Admin in Blog, Philogelos Jokes.

    Text and cartoons by Linda Thompson The Philogelos, typically translated as “the joker” or “the one who loves laughter”, is an ancient Greek collection of approximately 265 jokes. Dating to the 4th or 5th century CE, it typically bears the title of the world’s oldest surviving collection of jokes. The Philogelos is arranged according to subject. Some […]

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  • Drifting: An Etymological Look at the Place Between Stillness and Motion

    Posted on August 5, 2015 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    Guest contributor Jacquelyn Rupp is the author of Soul Studies: Etymology and Story. In this essay, Rupp explores how understanding the words that describe how we feel can help us better understand our own thoughts and feelings.   With reasonable certainty, I think feeling rather directionless or adrift at almost-24 is a pretty universal experience. Of all […]

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  • Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Ghanaian Kids Learn English

    Posted on July 27, 2015 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    Jill Robbins, Ph.D., is the vice president of the National Museum of Language, as well as a language test developer at Second Language Testing, Inc. In this article, Dr. Robbins shares the fascinating story of a Ghanaian community that is helping its youngest members learn English by connecting them with their native language. The original article, […]

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  • In Memoriam of Don Domogauer

    Posted on June 17, 2015 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    Don Domogauer of College Park, MD, a longtime Museum associate, passed away peacefully on 28 May 2015 of complications related to heart disease.  Don served the Museum by offering his computer and technological skills for our activities.  I can remember many Speaker Series programs that he recorded for us.  To honor Don’s memory, you can donate to the […]

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  • Why is There a Flag for Languages?

    Posted on June 4, 2015 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    Gregory J. Nedved, an award-winning Defense Department historian and Museum trustee, writes this article on the value and meaning of flags. Debra Kieft and the International Flag of Language, which she sewed, on display at the Annual Dinner of the National Museum of Language. In 2008 the National Museum of Language (NML) held a contest to […]

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  • Don Quixote, Bullfights, and Spanish Treats: the Spring 2015 Internship Program

    Posted on June 3, 2015 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog, Events.

    The February-May 2015 Internship Program has just wrapped up. Below are a few highlights from the program. School System: Prince George’s County, Maryland (Career Academy Program) School: Parkdale High School (Global Studies Intern Program in the World Language Department) Intern: Demi Pedley (graduating senior, Spanish studies)   Generally, the Career Academy asks high school departments to […]

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  • Call for submissions is now underway!

    Posted on May 21, 2015 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.
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  • Contemporary Mongolia’s Utilization of Language and Script for Political Purposes

    Posted on May 12, 2015 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog, Events.

    Thank you to Dr. Campi and everyone who joined us for the discussion “Contemporary Mongolia’s Utilization of Language and Script for Political Purposes” this past Saturday! To view slides from the presentation, simply click on an image.

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  • Announcing Next Speaker Series Event: Spotlight on Mongolia

    Posted on April 15, 2015 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog, Events.

    Contemporary Mongolia’s Utilization of Language and Script for Political Purposes Dr. Alicia Campi Saturday, May 9, 3-5 pm. Free parking is available. Admission is free. Parking passes available onsite. Directions: City of College Park  City Hall Council Chambers  4500 Knox Rd, College Park, MD 20740 The Mongolian language and original Uighur script, developed at the time of Chinggis Khan in […]

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  • In Memoriam of Jack D. Jones

    Posted on April 7, 2015 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    Former National Museum of Language Vice-President Jack D. Jones, 89, passed away on March 27, 2015. He died of a stroke in Asheville, NC where he had moved to from Bowie, MD, a few years ago. Jack served in the US Army for over two years prior to joining the National Security Agency, where he served as […]

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