Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Difficulties in using your first and second language

If you speak more than one language, describe any difficulties you experienced learning and using your second language (both languages?). Have any of your experiences been similar to Tan’s and/or Kingston's? What are some of the difficulties you encountered when translating from one language to another? Post your answers on the forum at http://languageculture.forumsplace.com/message-5.html

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"In this 1989 interview with Don Swaim, Maxine Hong Kingston, author of China Men, Woman Warrior, and The Fifth Book of Peace loves the English language. She talks about how any language can be translated into English and any non-translating word will become incorporated into the English language. This is why English is almost a universal world language. Kingston explains how she will think in Chinese about what she wants to write and then she will write it in English." From Wiredforbooks.com website

Maxine Hong Kingston After the Fire
Miel Alegre and Dave Weich, Powells.com

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"Author of The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, and Moon Lady, Amy Tan talks with Don Swaim about growing up as the child of immigrants, working with disabled children, participating in a writers' group, and "becoming Chinese" on her first visit to China in this 1989 interview." From Wiredforbooks.com website

Amy Tan's Biography

BBC's article on Amy Tan's The Bonesetter's Daughter


The above audio links are from Wiredforbooks.com. They are linked here for educational purposes only. Taiwanese students in Aiden Yeh's Language and Culture class will be using them as part of their in-class discussion and activities on Kingston's 'Misery of Silence' and Tan's "Mother Tongue".

Monday, March 21, 2005

I asked my brother who happens to run an ad agency to come up with logo studies for my 'dream' restaurant/take-out place. I've been toiling with this idea for some weeks now and I'm not sure whether I should give it a go. It's the fear of not making it that makes me quiver. But I really need the money to support my studies and at the rate I'm going I'd end up burried in debt if I don't do anything now. So, which logo is better? Which name is better? Posted by Hello

Language and Bicultural Identity

Links to readings on Language and Bicultural Identity

Excellent Find! Language and Identity

Why Bilingual Education? ERIC Digest.
by Krashen, Stephen

Immigrants Suffer from Losing Their Identity by Howard Kim

language and identity in twentieth-century Ireland

Rights and Responsibilities of Educators of Bilingual-Bicultural Children, Jim Cummins, University of Toronto