The revival of Hebrew as a spoken language in the 19th century is one of those amazing linguistic stories that makes people wonder. How could a religious-cultural group recreate the language of their ancestors and re-adopt it as a mother language after not speaking it for 2000 years? Is that really possible? Well, yes – they did it. But did they do it perfectly? Of course not. That would be inhuman. Continue reading
Your restaurant is called “El Taco”? I`m sorry, this is a serious violation of provincial law. You must reverse the E and the L so that your restaurant is called “LE Taco”. There, that`s much better!
As the province that`s home to most of Canada`s Francophone minority, Quebec sees it as its mission to protect the French Continue reading
I`m an EFL instructor at the university level in Japan, which involves marking a lot of essays. A surprising percentage of the essays submitted by first year students are near-total gibberish. I write “Google Translate?” on the essays and hand them back with no score. The students are always stunned. How did he know I used Google Translate?
With Aboriginals making up only 4.3% of its population, Canada is very much an immigrant nation. And like most immigrant nations, it is a country that is constantly changing depending on immigration trends. When I was a kid in Richmond, BC I witnessed my town changing from a mostly white population into a majority Chinese population. Nowadays it`s even more diverse due to more recent waves of immigrants. Continue reading
As you may know, Canada has two official languages, English and French, which has had a big impact on Canada`s civic culture. For example:
• When you reach immigration at the airport, you will be greeted in both English and French by bilingual officers (and they will speak to you in whichever language you respond in)