• Interview with Tim Brookes of the Endangered Alphabets Project

    Posted on May 1, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Interviews.

    I had the opportunity to have an interview with Tim Brookes, our upcoming speaker on May 23rd. If you are curious about him or the Endangered Alphabets Project, please take a look at what he had to say. Please tell me a bit about your background. I was born in England and educated at Oxford, […]

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  • Language of the Month: Zapotec

    Posted on April 27, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Language of the Month.

         One of the biggest challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic has been disseminating the information regarding social distancing and other health and safety information. It can be difficult to provide this information to everyone even in the lingua franca of an area, and while many areas around the world are providing this information in […]

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  • Teacher’s Corner: Kahoot During Distance Learning

    Posted on April 20, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Teacher's Corner.

         I have entered my 3rd week of remote and distance learning, and in many ways, while it has been frustrating, I miss my students, and it is not an ideal teaching platform, in many ways I have been grateful for the opportunities it has afforded. I am naturally an antsy person, and feel […]

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  • Philogelos Joke 265

    Posted on April 19, 2020 by nmladmin_wp1 in Blog, Philogelos Jokes, Virtual.

    265 is a minor variation on 136, so minor that Crompton doesn’t even bother to translate it twice. This is an example of an ancient ethnic joke, because one of the characters involved is a student from Sidon in Phoenicia. The Philogelos text has as one of its subdivisions a section on jokes about Sidonians. […]

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  • Philogelos Joke 15

    Posted on April 14, 2020 by Blog Admin in Blog, Philogelos Jokes, Virtual.

    This joke is kind of funny because in ancient times, it was not only their feet that were bare when they slept. An idiot has a dream that he has trodden on a nail, so he wakes up and bandages his foot. His friend asks  what he’s doing, so the idiot explains about his dream. […]

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  • Teacher’s Corner Remote Learning Edition Volume 1

    Posted on April 10, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Teacher's Corner.

         Teacher’s Corner is back! With the whirlwind changes that we teachers have been seeing in the past few weeks with distance or remote learning, I want to provide a brief tip each Friday that you can think about over the weekend to use in your “classroom” (or kitchen, or office) on Monday morning. […]

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  • Language of the Month: Somali

    Posted on March 26, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog.

         Earlier in March, before the massive shutdowns and shelters in place, I was afforded a weekend getaway to Minneapolis. While I was mostly there for a music convention, of course my linguist eye and ear was out to see and hear what was around me. When one thinks of Minnesota and the Midwest […]

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  • How to Teach Your Children a Language During Social Distancing

    Posted on March 23, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog.

         Many of us have probably been affected in some way, shape, or form by the COVID-19 outbreak. Personally, in Maryland we have currently shut down bars and restaurants, and schools are currently on a modified version of distance learning. You may be wondering how you can continue to hone your own language skills […]

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  • Language of the Month: Icelandic

    Posted on February 27, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog.

         As you saw in our article earlier this month, Icelandic is in danger of facing a “digital extinction.” However, just because the language is in danger by no means implies that there is not a beauty and richness to discover.       Spoken by around 350,000 worldwide, including 300,000 in Iceland itself and […]

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  • How Do You Modernize a Language?

    Posted on February 11, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog.

         At the end of last year, I took a few days off between Christmas and New Year’s to visit the Arctic adventures of Iceland. Between the fjords, hot springs, and lack of sunlight, I also noticed something else that I have not seen in many other places, a predominance of English in a […]

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