Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.
Article at BBC – Future:
There are many ways of categorising someone’s linguistic skills, but the concept of fluency is hard to define..
Daniel Morgan, head of learning development at the Shenker Institutes of English – a popular chain of English schools in Italy – says that fluency actually refers to how “smoothly” and “efficiently” a second language (L2) speaker can speak on “a range of topics in real time”. While fluency may denote a degree of proficiency, it does not automatically imply accuracy – the ability to produce grammatically correct sentences – nor does it imply grammatical range (read more).
Article by Louise Mackey at Scéal Milis :
Although she enjoyed a career as a successful writer in New York during the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Brennan was almost completely unknown in her native Ireland. Her work was never published here during her lifetime and it was only in the last decade or so that she began to be widely read in her home country.
The revived interest in Brennan’s work was initially sparked by an article published in The Irish Times in 1998 by Fintan O’Toole entitled “Maeve Brennan: No fairy tale ending.” (Read more)
Article at Foolish Baseball:
In this video, I talk about foreign-born baseball pioneers like Roberto Clemente & Gift Ngoepe. I also talk about the inverse, meaning American baseball players in Japan and American baseball players in Korea like Dennis Sarfate and Eric Thames. I also talk about Carter Stewart Japan, and how strong leagues lead to NPB attendance that rivals our own.
On the subject of baseball in the United States, I talk about baseball’s unwritten rules and the decline of MLB.
Another subject I talk about is Cubans in MLB like Yasiel Puig. Yasiel Puig Cuba story of defection is a scary one that represents the dangers Cuban MLB players face. (Watch all)
Article at FISHBOWLS:
One of Hemingway’s literary mentors Gertrude Stein uttered the now famous phrase to him in conversation in her studio apartment in Paris.
“That’s what you all are,” she said to him. “All of you young people who have served in the war. You are a lost generation.”
Hemingway asked why that is.
“You have no respect for anything,” she replied. “You drink yourselves to death.” (Read More)
Article at Intellectual Shaman:
It’s horrible being the third wheel and even worse when you go to Lovers’ Lane with your friends and their girlfriends. I bought an expensive cigar and some fine scotch to enjoy during my evening. I’d walk the tracks at night and hope a train might run me down. Of course, these were only melancholy thoughts, but my self-pity was comforting. It was one of those nights, blacker than black. I’m talkin so black you can’t see your hand in front of your face. (Read More)