language

The History of a Language

Would you be surprised to find out Shakespeare's works are written in Modern English? It's true! Modern English started in about 1450. Granted, Shakespeare's time included the early years of the Modern English period (1450-1800), while we live in the Late Modern English period (1800 onward). There are some differences, but not many. See for yourself

All Your Secrets

Little words are easily overlooked, but these tiny titans often play a significant role in language. Consider our much used (yet almost invisible) set of pronouns. Holding a conversation would be near impossible without them and confusion would reign. I, you, he, she, it, etc. work quietly in the background letting us know who we're talking to or with or about. They're also doing something else in the meantime. They're giving away our secrets.

Find out what they those secrets are in The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us by James Pennebaker.

If you like this book, try a few other "secret" titles:

Basic Chinese Classes

LovePlanning a visit to Asia soon?  Have a Chinese client that you'd like to impress?  Come to our weekly Basic Chinese Class taught by a local Chinese-American volunteer - every Thursday at 5:00pm.

Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th!

Ahoy, mateys! Did ye know that next Wednesday, September 19th be Talk Like a Pirate Day? Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ye ready? 

If not, you can brush up on your Pirate speak by heading to our Mango Languages database.  To get there, first head to our website, HCPL.net.  Click on the Databases tab and then select “Languages”.  Click on the Mango Languages database.  You will have to enter your library card number to access Mango Languages outside of the library. 

Once in, you will be prompted to either log in or create a profile.  Creating a profile is good if you want to track your progress on learning a language, but it’s probably unnecessary if all you want to do is learn Pirate speak.  Instead you can just select “Start Learning”.  Choose the Pirate “foreign course”, launch it, select a lesson, and yo-ho-ho you’re good to go!

Baby Sign Language

Knowing how to communicate with your infant/toddler reduces stress for both parent and child.  

Parent Resource Books

Baby Sign Language Basics: Early Communication for Hearing Babies and Toddlers Monta Z. Briant.

Register for upcoming PBS workshop

The Crosby Branch Library will be hosting a FREE PBS workshop for adults on Saturday, October 17, from 10 am - 2 pm. This workshop is based on the daily television series, A Place of Our Own and Sid, The Science Kid. It is for adults and will focus on developing children's language and literacy skills with the theme of Conflict Resolution. You MUST register to attend and space is limited. If interested, please call Ann Crider at 713-743-8414 or email her at acrider@houstonpbs.org. These programs are always informative and fun.

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