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Do You Want to Learn a New Language?

Learning a new language offers a number of advantages and benefits, especially for a young individual still in the process of acquiring knowledge, skills and expertise in a higher education institution. Learning a new language nowadays is not anymore a luxury, but is fast becoming a commodity – since people could better communicate and perform if they know how to express themselves well.

For a student, knowing other languages offers a lot of advantages, especially if he or she is eyeing to have a good career ahead. No matter what career a young person chooses, having knowledge of other languages will be a vital asset, since the workplace is becoming more global each day. Not only that they would be able to work with other people from other parts of the world, they could also take opportunities to pursue a career in places where people speak differently that your native tongue. Knowing how to speak another language could prove to be a lucrative asset.

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Was Your English Lit Teacher Wrong About Symbolism?

They are not essentially wrong, they just, most of the time, over-read and over-assume into the things that were included in a literature. Anyone could assume that there are symbolism in a certain book or novel, but ultimately, the one who could shed light on their presence or absence is the author.

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You always wondered if your college lit professor was just making crap up.

Turns out, maybe they were.

This article from The Paris Review offers a revealing take by many famous authors on how much symbolism played a part in their work.

Their comments were prompted by a letter from a 16-year-old Bruce McCallister in 1963. He was tired of the constant find-the-symbolism game in English class, so he took it upon himself to ask them what the big deal was with symbolism.

He mailed a simple four-question survey to more than 150 novelists. About half of them responded. The responses were varied, but most of the authors seemed to think symbolism is overanalyzed. Their comments were awesome:

The survey included the following questions:

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How English became widespread globally

English is the third most-spoken language in the world. Although not all of the world’s seven billion people understand or speak English, it is considered as the global dominant language, being a lingua franca. More than 375 million people speak English as a primary language, with most of them are domiciled in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Around 400 million to around a billion people, meanwhile, speak English as a second language, depending on the variety of mastery.  Around 200 million have mastered English as their second language, with a large number of them living in the Philippines and India, as well as Nigeria.

While the English language originated in the area near northwest Germany, it was really a consolidation of different Germanic dialects when it reached Britain. Read the rest of this entry