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The Takeaway: Retirees Flock to Foreign Language Immersion Programs

Posted on 05/10/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayAmericans in their 60s, 70s and 80s are flocking to language immersion experiences, the New York Times reports. It’s a well-worn axiom that learning a foreign language gets harder the older you get. To which Randy Balla might say: Who cares? The 63-year-old retired teacher took up French recently, and he hasn’t limited his learning to textbooks or computer-based language lessons: Last summer, he took a three-week French immersion program at the University of Quebec, and plans to return this year.

Digital Dictionary?

Posted on 08/31/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

TechnologyI saw this in the news yesterday and am seeing it pop up again today: The Oxford English Dictionary may never be printed again! AFP (and other sources) report that the new (and third) edition of the “bible of the English language” may never appear in print – and be only accessible to uses online. No *final* decision has been made, and the new edition will not be expected for another decade or so. By then, who knows how we …