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Is poor teaching of languages causing communication breakdown?

On 14 July 2011 BBC News posted an article entitled –

Spelling mistakes ‘cost millions’ in lost online sales

Written by education correspondent Sean Coughlan the article raises concerns, which I have had for a long time, about how eroding language skills are leading to serious communication breakdown.

I wrote about my concerns in a post entitled –

Will loss of language skills lead to a breakdown in society?

My concerns go much deeper than a loss of revenue but Sean Coughlan’s observations, which contain the following, are important as they point to the root of the problems – education. Continue reading Is poor teaching of languages causing communication breakdown?

Our Earth – a rubbish dump?

Those who live inland don’t to see what those of us who live on the coast do, every day, during the Sout West Monsoon. Less beach and more rubbish including tons of plastic. Caring volunteers with little help from government clean beaches everywhere.

We may be fighting a losing battle but there is no excuse not to fight.

By 2050, our oceans will have more plastic trash than fish. Continue reading Our Earth – a rubbish dump?

Why I don’t understand what President Donald Trump says? – PART 3

On 26 January 2017 Donald Trump gave his first interview, after becoming president, to ABC News.

When I listened to the interview I was confused. So, in a quiet moment, I decided to analyse the transcript to see if I could understand exactly what his responses to the questions posed by David Muir, the interviewer, meant. I have to admit that it proved to be a rather difficult task and I am left just as confused now as I was then.

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PART 3

Continue reading Why I don’t understand what President Donald Trump says? – PART 3

Why I don’t understand what President Donald Trump says? – PART 2

On 26 January 2017 Donald Trump gave his first interview, after becoming president, to ABC News.

When I listened to the interview I was confused. So, in a quiet moment, I decided to analyse the transcript to see if I could understand exactly what his responses to the questions posed by David Muir, the interviewer, meant. I have to admit that it proved to be a rather difficult task and I am left just as confused now as I was then.

Click here to Read PART 1 

PART 2

DAVID MUIR: Mr. President, I want to start — we’re five days in. And your campaign promises. I know today you plan on signing the order to build the wall. Continue reading Why I don’t understand what President Donald Trump says? – PART 2

Why I don’t understand what President Donald Trump says? – PART 1

The language that Trump uses is English, my first language, but the similarity ends there. He arranges the words to make sentences in a way I have never seen before, often using one word or two only in a sentence. At first I wondered if it was an initiative test to see if the listener was able to fill in the missing words. I’m not so sure about that now.

On 26 January 2017 Donald Trump gave his first interview ,after becoming president, to ABC News.

When I listened to the interview I was confused. So, in a quiet moment, I decided to analyse the transcript to see if I could understand exactly what his responses to the questions posed by David Muir, the interviewer, meant. I have to admit that it proved to be a rather difficult task and I am left just as confused now as I was then. Continue reading Why I don’t understand what President Donald Trump says? – PART 1