A student sits in a science class at Centennial High School in Las Vegas, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. Joel Angel Juarez Las Vegas Review-Journal @jajuarezphoto Nevada students may be doing better in English and math, but many find science perplexing. New data released Thursday by the Nevada Department of Education and the Clark County School District indicate that while middle school students improved their science scores by more than 5 percentage points on the state exam last spring, elementary and high school results plummeted. Nevada Department of Education spokesman Greg Bortolin noted that this is just the second year of testing reflecting a new, more-demanding science exam, and the previous year’s numbers are considered baseline data. “The state and districts are going to look at this and they’re going to say, we need to do some work in fifth grade and we really need to look at what’s going on on this tenth-grade test,” he said. “I’m … [Read more...] about Amid math, English gains, Nevada students backslide on science tests
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Duolingo, the freemium language learning platform, has just released a new module for English speakers to learn Hindi. The course that has been in a year of development was launched on Duolingo’s website today, with the android and iOS versions slated to arrive soon. The module teaches conversational Hindi rather than the standardized format used in official communication. “Our choice of vocabulary is common Hindi-Urdu words, for example: we chose ज़्यादा (zyada) over अधिक (adhik) as the main translation for ‘more’.” said Kanan Gupta, the lead creator of the course. The course was created thanks to contributors from USA, the UK, and India. Duolingo’s website too notes that the course aims to help English speakers worldwide to “converse with folks in Delhi on your next trip to India, navigate your way to the Taj Mahal in Agra, and watch famous Bollywood movies.” This is the … [Read more...] about Duolingo now teaches Hindi to English speakers
Imagine you are trying to buy something online — plane tickets, an app subscription, a pair of sneakers. If you are an English speaker with an email address ending in .com, .org, .edu or .net, that process probably goes pretty smoothly for you. But if your email address ends in .世界 or @डाटामेल.भारत or .photography, you might get an error message and be unable to complete your transaction. In this case, you have fallen victim to a lack of Universal Acceptance (UA). UA is a technical compliance best practice that ensures all domain names and all email addresses can be used by all internet-enabled applications, devices, and systems. The scenario above uses ecommerce as an example, but UA can apply to any scenario where someone is trying to do business or interact online. There’s a good chance you aren’t aware of this issue or the web’s inclusion problem. You might think that the … [Read more...] about The web alienates non-English speakers — and we need to change that
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. New English words enter Swedish dictionaries every year, and that's only the tip of the iceberg: words become part of everyday speech long before linguists have the chance to document and define them. Over the past decade, there has been a surge in the number of Swedish schools teaching in English, and many hiring managers in Sweden's booming tech industry prioritize English language skills over Swedish. Swedes are so used to switching between the two that they'll often change how they pronounce their own names depending on whether they're introducing themselves to an English or Swedish speaker, so a David will elongate the 'a' and soften the 'd' sound for Anglophone acquaintances. Swedish has incorporated elements of English (and other languages) since the 1200s, and America's enormous political, economic, and cultural power after the Second World War … [Read more...] about Is Anglicization a threat to the Swedish language?
Time just flies, and 2014 is nearing a close, but just before we draw the final line, it's time to take a look back at this year and the best apps that it brought to our iPhones and Androids. That's what our Awards section is all about - picking the finest works of the year, and filtering out all the mediocre ones. With no further ado, here is our selection of the best Android and iPhone apps of 2014. #26: Litely Price: Free Category: Photo editing Litely is a camera app that adds subtle, film-inspired tones to your photos quickly. #25: ProCamera 8 Price: $2.99 Category: Photography ProCamera 8 is a surprisingly simple camera app at the surface, that also hides many advanced features in a way that is unobtrusive yet easy to access. You can set ISO, shutter speed, white balance, exposure compensation, and you also have independent focus and exposure controls as an alternative control and that gives you a much deeper hold over the looks of your photograph. #24: Photo Sphere Price: Free … [Read more...] about PhoneArena Awards 2014: Best apps