• Distinguished English Linguist: Writing English — And Jumping to Some New Conclusions

    By Laurel Airica Laurel Airica     “Play with words … is one of the most beloved practices of human beings the world over and through0ut recorded time.” Walter Redfern, Puns, Basil Blackwell Press, 1988 Anyone who ventures to horse around with the English language is bound to get carried away. For...

  • Distinguished English Linguist: Living in a world where lies are designed to sound truthful degrades language and life

    By Laurel Airica Laurel Airica “… Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” George Orwell The intentional misuse of words to...

  • New report finds 6 percent of Latinos reject calling themselves Hispanic, Latino or Spanish

    LatinaLista — It's an old story. Report after report always shows that Latino immigrants make themselves "sick" assimilating into U.S. society by adopting fastfood habits, workaholic lifestyles, etc. Now comes news that there are some Latino immigrants who are literally losing themselves in their quest to be all-American. Recent research by Amon...

  • New immigrants face a language barrier in the U.S.

    By Ana Varela-Madrid Borderzine EL PASO - Due to the high level of violence in Cd. Juárez,...

  • Researcher finds language does matter when teaching math to bilingual people

    LatinaLista -- Last month on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), scientists and researchers gathered for the 2011 Neuroscience Symposium: The Bilingual Brain. [caption id="attachment_13383" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Volunteer serves as part of a UTSA study to see how a bilingual person's brain reacts to solving simple math...

  • Bilingual online toolkit helps families understand the importance of college

    LatinaLista -- For many Latino families, the notion of higher education for their children, or themselves, can seem out of reach. Yet, a new bilingual website, En Camino: Herramientas educativas para familias/On our Way: Educational tools for families, sponsored by The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) provides the necessary information that...

  • Bilingual book giveaway to award $500 worth of books to lucky elementary school

    LatinaLista -- To be -- bilingual or not to be! It's a question that shouldn't even be asked in this day and age. Thankfully, more and more parents and schools understand how important it is for children to speak both English, and in this case, Spanish. Knowing Spanish isn't just a good...

  • Spanish book fair showcases literature and Mexican culture to U.S. Latinos

    LatinaLista -- It used to be that public libraries had maybe one program and devoted a few shelves to books in the Spanish language. Not so anymore. According to a study by the American Library Association (ALA), Spanish is the most supported non-English language in public libraries. Seventy-eight percent of libraries reported...

  • Findings of new study on Latinas begs the question: How important is Spanish to all Latinas?

    LatinaLista -- With the rise in social media usage among Latinas, it's no wonder that the ad industry is trying to dissect the Latina consumer. The latest attempt to put Latinas under the microscope comes from Pink Tank: Innovative thinking for Latinas. The folks at Pink Tank conducted the study Latinas and...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Group shares loves of Spanish choral music with special outreach

    LatinaLista -- Think of Latin music and merengue, mariachi, salsa and even reggaeton may pop first into people's minds, but choral music? Most people don't even realize that within the Latino culture there is a rich legacy of choral music and it's the mission of Washington, DC-based, Coral Cantigas, to enlighten everyone....

  • The demand for English classes by immigrants must be met now to comply with future immigration reform criteria

    LatinaLista -- One guarantee of any comprehensive immigration reform bill is that it will require all immigrants to learn English and attain a level of proficiency. When that happens, lawsuits challenging the validity of English tests, like the Fresno case where two dozen minority women were laid off from a manufacturing plant...

  • New program helps the blind learn English with free program

    LatinaLista — It pays to speak another language. Well, it pays better if that other language is English. According to research published in 2003, immigrants (in the United States) who have mastered English compared to those who speak it poorly earn 67 percent more in wages. New system to teach English incorporates...

  • Lawmaker wants to give schools more flexibility on English learners

    By GRISELDA NEVAREZ Cronkite News Service PHOENIX -- State mandates on how school districts teach English language learners keep local officials from adopting systems that can most effectively address the needs of their students, a state lawmaker contends. "To say that one size fits all sometimes may work, but sometimes it does...

  • Bilingual gov’t site helps Latinos understand the concept of money managment

    LatinaLista — While headlines tout how Latinos are the hardest hit in this recession, one report show that prior to the economy's downfall, Hispanics had more of a disposable income. According to Latinum Network, while non-Hispanic consumer spending from 2005 to 2008 grew only 2.9%, Hispanic consumer spending increased 6.4% in that...

  • Special program brings students together with Spanish

    LatinaLista — What's the difference between Latino students of one high school versus "Spanish students" at another? The quick assumption would be that they are the same -- all Hispanic students. Yet, that's not true in this case. While the Latino students of Danbury High School are Hispanic, the Spanish students from...

  • Reno man creates own English book to help immigrants overcome discrimination

    LatinaLista — While there are troubling, and downright horrifying, stories to be found every day, we sometimes miss those stories that show the better side of human nature. Last week, Latina Lista featured stories that were positive and showed how Latinos are helping their local communities. This week, we will finish the...

  • Report finds Latinos who read English more apt to be online

    LatinaLista — It seems like every other month there's a new report about Latinos and the Internet. The vast majority of the research suggests that Latinos are closing the digital divide, especially when it comes to using mobile devices to do it. The Pew Hispanic Center is the latest to release a...

  • New program uses cyber community to help people learn new languages

    LatinaLista — It's often been said that the best way to learn a new language is total immersion. Usually that means traveling to a foreign country or living in a place where only the language you want to learn is spoken. With the Internet, learning a new language can take a whole...

  • New slew of bilingual sites target second-generation Latinas

    LatinaLista — When advertisers and media companies talk on how to reach the Latina audience, talk invariably centers around one thing -- that the message must only be in Spanish. Well, for those of us who are second-generation and beyond, we know that a message delivered only in Spanish limits the audience...

  • Twenty Dallas police officers added language enforcement to their duties

    LatinaLista — When news filtered out last week from Dallas, Texas that a rookie police officer had ticketed a woman for not being able to speak English, most people rolled their eyes and thought this was just a case of an overzealous recruit. Come to find out there are about 20 overzealous...