Category Archives: Blog

  • 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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  • 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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  • Language Panels Travel the Country

    Posted on October 10, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog, Exhibits.

    As part of its Movable Museum initiative, the NML is pleased to offer a number of exhibits for loan. These educational and interactive pieces have traveled the country. Currently, several language panels, along with original historical Bibles, are on display at Heritage Christian Church in Westerville, Ohio until December 31, 2016. Click on the thumbnails below to view full-size […]

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  • The United States of Etymology

    Posted on October 4, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    Photo Credit: citizenswaine Latin, Spanish, French, and a host of Native American languages – the names of the states paint a robust picture of our country’s roots. Here they are, in alphabetical order. Alabama: From the Choctaw language albah amo, meaning “plant-cutters.” Alaska: From the Aleut language alaxsxaq, meaning “mainland.” Arizona: From the Basque arizonak, meaning […]

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  • Museum Spotlight: Dr Johnson’s House

    Posted on September 28, 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 Dr Johnson’s House, the museum housed in a 300-year old building where Samuel Johnson compiled the […]

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  • Test Your Language Skills

    Posted on September 26, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.
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