• Accent Reduction Training in the 21st Century

    Posted on December 6, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    The United States has long attracted many of the world’s brightest minds. While our universities and businesses benefit from such a dazzling array of experts, foreign professionals and students often find themselves careening headlong into cultural and linguistic barriers that divide them from their American counterparts. To ease the process for them and the American […]

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  • On Language and Illustration: Interview with Linda Thompson

    Posted on November 30, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    Linda Thompson is a philologist and longtime Executive Assistant of the National Museum of Language. In fact, we like to think she’s the “glue” that holds the Museum in place. Lately, she has also been the cartoonist for the Greek language Philogelos and Arthur the Rat/Dictionary of American English (DARE) comic strips on our homepage. […]

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  • Arthur the Rat

    Posted on November 27, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog, Exhibits.

     As part of our new exhibit on dialect research that led to the creation of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), we present  “Arthur the Rat.” This short tale was used to obtain phonetic representation from throughout the country of all phonemes in American English. Recordings were made of DARE informants from all over the United States reading […]

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  • A Brief History of Sign Language Interpretation

    Posted on November 22, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Uncategorized.

    To pay tribute to the talented interpreters who help deaf and mute individuals communicate, we’d like to give you a brief history of sign language interpretation. While ad hoc versions of sign language have existed throughout the course of human civilization, it was not until the 17th century that the Western world saw a systematic […]

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  • The Philogelos: Joke #197 – Madam

    Posted on November 8, 2016 by nmladmin_wp1 in 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. After reading Dan Crompton’s translation of […]

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  • The Philogelos: Joke #154 – The Coffin

    Posted on November 8, 2016 by nmladmin_wp1 in Philogelos Jokes, Uncategorized.

    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. After reading Dan Crompton’s translation of […]

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  • The Philogelos: Joke #94 – Indigestion

    Posted on November 8, 2016 by nmladmin_wp1 in 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. After reading Dan Crompton’s translation of […]

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  • Museum Spotlight: Mundolingua

    Posted on November 6, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    As part of the International Network of Language Museums, we’re in great company. The 11 member museums span 10 countries and 3 continents, and we thought you might like to hear about the fascinating work they do. Read on to learn about Mundolingua, a Parisian museum in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Mundolingua opened its doors […]

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  • 2016 Holiday Party and Speaker Event

    Posted on October 25, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog, Events.

    Join us December 10, 2016, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm  at the City of College Park – City Hall, 4500 Knox Rd, College Park, MD 20740 Free parking is available. NML staff at the door will provide parking passes. Presidential Foreign Language Trivia by Greg Nedved Author Gregory J. Nedved acknowledges the presence of books on […]

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  • The Stories Behind 10 U.S. Cities

    Posted on October 13, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog, Philogelos Jokes.

    Read on to find out the fascinating and unexpected etymologies of 10 U.S. cities. Albuquerque Named for its founder, Francisco Fernandez de la Cueva, Duke of Albuquerque, the original word is derived from the Latin albus, meaning “white”, and quercus, meaning “oak.” Atlanta           Having undergone numerous name-changes – from Terminus […]

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