• Interview with Joseph Rhyne and Ryan Hearn, Creators of Torfan for Marvel’s Captain Marvel

    Posted on May 2, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Many of you have may have seen Marvel Studio’s Captain Marvel in theaters (and you would not be alone, with over a billion dollars in worldwide grosses), chronicling the adentures of Captain Carol Danvers as she goes from Kree Starforce member to one of Earth’s heroes, but did you notice that the Torfans in one […]

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  • Interview with Sybrandus Adema of Afrikaans TaalMonument

    Posted on April 29, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    There are many people, places, and more that have monuments and statues dedicated to them. But did you know that the Afrikaans language of South Africa has its own monument? And how exactly does one dedicate a physical monument to an abstract concept? I contacted Sybrandus Adema, the communications officer for the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument […]

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  • Philogelos Joke 185

    Posted on March 21, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Another installment of the Philogelos, folks. Dan Crompton, the translator, uses the word “obstinate” to translate the Greek word DYSKOLOS used in this joke, but I think it’s more accurately rendered as “curmudgeon, crab, grump, sourpuss” — i.e. someone whose disposition, in addition to being mule-headed, is surly, grudging, suspicious, spiteful, and just generally unpleasant […]

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  • Interview with Simone Bregni, Professor at Saint Louis University

    Posted on March 19, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Dr. Simone Bregni, of Saint Louis University, was recently featured in an article for the online magazine Medium for his innovative use of video games in the language classroom. We were fortunate enough to have our own interview with him to take a deeper dive into the use of video games for language learners. Hopefully […]

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  • JNCL-NCLIS Advocacy Day 2019

    Posted on February 27, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Last week, I had the great fortune to attend the JNCL-NCLIS Language Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. There were over 160 representatives from 42 states around the nation, all coming together under the theme of “Speak Up for Languages.” The Language Advocacy Day is an opportunity for these educators, business owners, administrators, and government employees […]

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  • Interview with Scott McGinnis, Coordinator for the Interagency Language Roundtable, USG and Academic Advisor & Professor, Defense Language Institute

    Posted on February 12, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    As we have seen over the past year, language is currently and will continue to play a crucial role in the government, in particular for defense interests (see our article with commentary from Glenn Nordin here). To further explore this topic that is not usually considered when looking at language education, we talked to Scott […]

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  • Philogelos Joke 193

    Posted on February 7, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog.

    Here’s joke 193. A man goes to his obstinate friend’s house looking for him. “I’m not in!” comes the shout from inside. Laughing, the friend says, “Liar! I recognize your voice!” “You bastard!” replies the obstinate guy. “If my slave had called out, you would have believed him — how come you trust him more […]

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  • Teacher’s Corner January 2019: Carmen Sandiego

    Posted on January 25, 2019 by Rob Glass in Uncategorized.

    Many of us teachers, especially those who were in school ourselves in the 80s and 90s, fondly remember the first time we got a computer lab or, even better, a classroom computer. Even more fondly we remember the games that our teachers would let us play. Games during school hours at that time was an […]

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  • A Brief History of Language Learning Technology: Pre-Computers

    Posted on January 22, 2019 by Rob Glass in Blog, Uncategorized.

    Many people around the world are utilizing technology to learn languages. Whether it be on their phone through Duolingo, in the car with a favorite podcast, or online through Transparent Language, this unprecedented access to technology has allowed a new generation of language learners to expand their communication skills and pursue personal enrichment. But have […]

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  • Interview with Dr. Jeff Samuels, owner of World Languages 360

    Posted on January 21, 2019 by Rob Glass in Uncategorized.

    Here at NML, our articles and interviews have had many focuses, including language in the defense interest, language education, and language policy. But we do not always see how private businesses and entrepreneurs are using languages as stepping stones or for jobs. Dr. Jeff Samuels, a friend of the Museum, and a member of the […]

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