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  • 30 Yard Dash
    on Aug 30, 2012 in lean six sigma process
    I was recently asked to explain process improvement to a group of five-year-olds consisting of both boys and girls.  During the next few days, I pondered over this question to come up with an example that would be simple to … Continue reading...
  • Diacritically Hooked
    on Jun 8, 2012 in culture language
    French immediate pops into my head when I think of nasal-sounding languages. French acquires its romantic timbre from what linguists refer to as phonetic nasal vowels. These are found in several other less romantic yet widely-spoken languages includi...
  • Why is Zero Plural?
    on Jun 8, 2012 in culture language
    “Soda A has two calories.  And soda B has one calorie.  Yet soda C has zero calories.  So why exactly does the plural form “calories” follow “zero”? English, like a majority of languages in the world, employs what is call...
  • Learn Foreign Language Vocabulary Fast
    on Feb 24, 2010 in language vocabulary
    I recently stumbled across Vocabfish.com, a vocabulary flashcard website. Per the site’s homepage, “Vocabfish offers vocabulary training exercise for over 2000 basic words in any pairing of English, French, Spanish, German, Polish, Arabic...
  • Become an Online Foreign Language Instructor?For a number of years I taught EFL in Poland, and then ESL in the United States.  I found foreign language instruction to be both tremendously rewarding and intellectually stimulating.  Recently I stumbled across LanguageTalk24.com, which matches l...
  • Why is Zero Plural?
    on Sep 19, 2009 in language English observations
    “I have two dogs.”  “I have one dog.”  However, “I have zero dogs.”  Huh? Let’s examine the simple grammatical structure of our example riddle, “I have two/one/zero dog/s”.   “I” is the subject; “have” is the verb; and...
  • An Unwarranted Hero’s Welcome
    on Aug 26, 2009 in current events ethics famous people law
    It was 1958, the height of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States.  Just one year earlier the Soviet Union celebrated its success with the launch of Sputnik, the first man-made object to orbit Earth.  Next the Soviets wanted to...
  • Eastern State PenitentiaryIn the heart of Philadelphia’s Art Museum Area sits an eerie, fortress-like structure in ruins.  Eastern State Penitentiary was commissioned by the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons, the first prison reform group...
  • Edward StachuraRebel, vagabond, and one of the most well-known and sensitive Polish poets died tragically 30 years ago.  Poetry festivals throughout Poland this year are dedicated to him.  Edward Stachura, known as “Sted”, was an idol to rebellious youth in t...
  • Edward Stachura – the Polish PoetRebel, vagabond, and one of the most well-known and sensitive Polish poets died tragically 30 years ago.  Poetry festivals throughout Poland this year are dedicated to him.  Edward Stachura, known as “Sted”, was an idol to rebellious youth in t...
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