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The New China

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

How did China transform itself from a poor country to one of the largest economies in the world in just 30 years?

To answer that question, American futurist John Naisbitt and his wife, Doris, established the Naisbitt China Institute in that country’s Tianjin Province in 2006.  Doris Naisbitt says, “they understood well that communism did not serve them, that central planning couldn’t bring China out of poverty. They were extremely poor and backward 30 years ago. They had to put in the market capitalism, to give the people the opportunity to do what they are talented in and to get China’s economy going.” That’s what the Naisbitts call the ’emancipation of mind’, one of the eight pillars of China’s new society described in their new book, “China’s Megatrends”.

China’s Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society

Words and Their Stories: Where Did ‘OK’ Come From?

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.
Millions of people all over the world use the word OK. In fact, some people say the word is used more often than any other word in the world. OK means all right or acceptable. It expresses agreement or approval. You might ask your brother, “Is it okay if I borrow your car?” Or if someone asks you to do something, you might say, “Okay, I will.” Still, language experts do not agree about where the word came from. Continue reading here

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End of Black History Month with Maya Angelou

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Black History Month is coming to an end as today marks the final day of February. We wanted to end it on a high note with a famous poem, Still I Rise, written by Maya Angelou.

Maya Angelou is an American autobiographer and poet who has been called “America’s most visible black female autobiographer” by scholar Joanne M. Braxton.

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Maya Angelou

Video of Maya Angelou reciting her poem here

Musician Ben Harper honoring Maya Angelou with his song “I’ll Rise“, which includes words from her poem, “And Still I Rise.”

Museum Honors Man Who Delighted Millions Around World

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Visitors to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco will not find any amusement rides. For those, they will have to go to Disney theme parks in the United States or in other parts of the world. But they will gain a new understanding of the man who created so many superstars of the cartoon world.

Source : VOA News

Somewhere a Language Dies Every Two Weeks

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Over half of the world’s 7,000 languages are in danger of disappearing.

Continue reading here

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Source : VOA News

Defenders of World’s Mother Tongues (and Signs) Compare Tactics at UCLA read here

Connecting a Nation

Friday, February 26th, 2010

As you’ve read in the recent posts written by Ted Landphair’s America, the American West is a crazy quilt of regions, beginning with rolling grasslands and lonely prairies and extending westward across a spine of high mountains, wasteland plateaus and wide deserts to the sea. The East had been largely settled, and fully developed cities bustled along the Pacific Coast. Only nomadic Indians, for the most part, occupied the great gap in between. During the U.S. Civil War of the 1860s, prosperous California, rich in gold and silver, was even a full-fledged state, aligned with ― but no more than a distant and unconnected cousin of ― the other states of the Union. Continue reading here

Source : Ted Landphair’s America

EC Learn English

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The English Blog, one of the best blogs for Language Lovers, suggested us today the EC’s Learn English siteEC’Learn English has some interesting resources for those who want to learn and improve their English skills. To begin with, there’s the free daily lesson, which you can receive by email. There’s a nice mix of idioms, vocabulary and articles at different levels, which should appeal to a wide range of learners. You can also find over 600 past lessons in the archive, organized into categories. Find the site here

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The Power Social Networking

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Footage of the Great Dupont Circle Snowball Fight — from the Northeast section of the Circle. Video here

Black History For All

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

“Young people, they don’t feel that interested (in civil rights and black history), I don’t think. They need to be pushed, they need to be encouraged. They have these ideas that are instilled in them, whatever their ideas. But when they come here, they develop their own understanding, they develop their own ideas. They see the why, the how come, and they begin to ask questions.” — Museum volunteer Georgina Toro-Lugo.

Source: Nico Colombant

In Their Own Words with Nico Colombant: Black History For All

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

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