August 17, 2006 |
I was window-shopping in New York recently when a woman flagged me down in the friendly way that strangers do when they want to ask you where you get your hair cut or where the nearest ATM is. I never found out what her question was, because the first thing out of her mouth -- "Do you speak English?" -- prompted expletives from me and a shellshocked look from her. This conversation opener used to leave me hopelessly flustered.
March 19, 2000 |
In another of its ongoing breaks from the past, Vietnam has chosen English over French and Russian as the favored foreign language for students to learn and has turned to its former ideological enemies in the West to help redesign the educational curriculum. Vietnam is already phasing out English-language textbooks written by Russian advisors in the mid-1980s.
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September 4, 2001 |
Abortion, drugs, homosexuality, interracial dating. These are not issues even discussed in most Vietnamese American families, but a new bilingual weekly newspaper in Orange County hopes to change that. "After 25 years in this country, our community has a lot more variety of interests than just communism and anti-communism," said Hieu Tran Phan, editor of the English-language section of Viet Tide, a Westminster-based weekly tabloid that debuted in July.
January 21, 1996 |
The sign over the bar at the Old Town Pump reads, "In the U.S.A. it's--English or adios, amigo." Proprietor Joyce Ostrander takes the sentiment seriously. In November, she asked three Hispanics who were playing pool, drinking beer and conversing in Spanish to start speaking English. The three men say she also kicked them out. For that, they're suing her, charging discrimination. "I'm not discriminating.
July 14, 2010 |
From St. Andrews, Scotland Two months ago, St. Andrews appeared liable to remain Justin Rose's "Bogey Open." The English pro has competed on six of the nine venues on the British Open rotation, but never at St. Andrews — where he was unable to qualify in both 2000 and '05. "To me, it's the Open to play," Rose said. Now he's not only in the field, but two wins in his past three starts have moved the affable Rose to a position among the favorites as the 139th Open tees off Thursday on the venerable — and this week, soggy — Old Course.
March 27, 1996 |
To the governors and corporate leaders gathered this week at the National Education Summit at IBM's headquarters in upstate New York, the dismal English and mathematics skills of America's new workers are a vexing--and expensive--national problem.
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September 28, 2010 |
As a teacher in an impoverished, gang-ridden area of South Los Angeles, Rigoberto Ruelas always reached out to the toughest kids. He would tutor them on weekends and after school, visit their homes, encourage them to aim high and go to college. The fifth-grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary School was so passionate about his mission that, school authorities say, he had near perfect attendance in 14 years on the job. So when Ruelas, 39, failed to show up for work last week, his colleagues instantly began to worry.
June 27, 2010 |
Suddenly, it's 1966 all over again. The Beatles are riding high in the hit parade. Twiggy and her miniskirts are all the rage. And, just to underline the unexpected temporal shift, England and Germany are playing each other in the World Cup. As it was in London 44 years ago, so it was in Bloemfontein on Sunday afternoon. History, it appears, does repeat itself, but always with a twist. Back then, it was Geoff Hurt's shot that thundered against German goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski's crossbar, bounced down onto or over the line (take your pick)
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September 16, 2010 |
Edwin Newman, known to several generations of television viewers as the dry-witted NBC reporter and commentator who covered coronations and assassinations and wrote two bestselling books on Americans' mangling of the English language, has died. He was 91. Newman died Aug. 13 of pneumonia in Oxford, England, where he had lived since 2007, according to family attorney Rupert Mead. He said Newman's wife and daughter delayed the announcement of his death until Wednesday to allow themselves time to mourn privately.
April 7, 2009 |
The man who gunned down 13 people in an immigrant center here thought police had harassed him for years, spreading rumors about him and touching him in his sleep, and apparently he was intent on killing people before returning "to the dust of the earth," according to a rambling letter in broken English that was mailed to a TV station the day of the massacre.