2012

 

Episode 1: Accents in the workplace

Babel will explore the ever-evolving English language in Canada, starting June 25th.Accents in Canadian English are as colourful as the wares in Kensington Market. And... Read More »

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Episode 2: How important is spelling?

Canadians love to spill on spelling -- now more than ever. The way we spell is being affected by the rise of technology (and American... Read More »

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Episode 3: Lost & Found in Translation

On any given day in this country, we're speaking about 150 languages: from Cantonese to Punjabi to Arabic. And that means the possibility of something... Read More »

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CONTEST: Best Borrowed Word

Babel is holding a Best Borrowed Word contest. We're looking for the best new word from a foreign language that Canadian English is missing. Zarqa... Read More »

My English: Anna Yin

Chinese-Canadian poet Anna Yin writes in English. She contributed to the "My English" segment of Episode 3: "Lost and found in English translation".... Read More »

Interview: Court interpreting

With more Canadians speaking English as a second language, quality court interpreters are crucial to help ensure justice is served. But experts say there's an... Read More »

Episode 4: The Gap

From media personalities to parents and politicians, there's a drive to sound more conversational and less authoritative. Sure, there's virtue in people talking to people,... Read More »

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Episode 5: Infiltrators

Creative new words are popping up daily on the internet, in boardrooms and in classrooms. A recent study by Harvard University and Google shows that... Read More »

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Episode 6: Mashup

Whether it's in the baseball dugout, at home, or out in the community, many Canadians are spicing up their English conversation by tossing in words... Read More »

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Winner: Best Borrowed Word Contest!

Babel's best borrowed word is: pochemuchka (poh-chay-MOOCH-ka). It's a Russian word that means someone who asks too many questions. It comes from the word "pochemu"... Read More »

Episode 7: Punctuation

Punctuation can help clarify what we mean -- even emphasize certain points. But with the proliferation of smart phones, tablets and Twitter, many of us... Read More »

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Punctuation Patrol

Mariel and Colleen hit the streets of Toronto to take a closer look at how we actually use punctuation. We inspected posters, signs and well,... Read More »

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Episode 8: Teaching English

Whether it's catering to both ESL and non-ESL students, finding new ways of teaching pronunciation, or adding video games to the classroom, English instruction in... Read More »

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Episode 9: Jargon

Supratentorial, bond yields, overclocking...we hear jargon everywhere, every day from doctors to economists to computer experts. Sometimes it feels like a completely different language, and... Read More »

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Episode 10: Who Owns English?

For our final episode, Babel goes global. English is now spoken by about two billion people, more than a third of the world's population. As... Read More »

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