Brooklyn, The stories you found are very compelling and I think it reflects what the problems with uniform really are. I think it’s important that the girls aren’t distracted from learning by having to put so much time into considering something so minimal. I think you would be interested in researching the prom dress codes schools enforce too…[Read more]
Alexandria, YouTube has a lot of problems with their algorithm in some ways. While the platform is still enjoyable, I agree that there’s content that slips between the cracks and that it isn’t a totally level playing field. Scandals with payment, censorship, and the lack thereof pop up all the time. This was interesting and I’m curious to see…[Read more]
Translations are an integral part of our world. Books are translated, movies are translated, even live events are translated. The fundamental understanding of translating is just changing the words from one
I really like this topic, Jacqueline! I’ve always been curious about language, and I can remember how overwhelming learning one felt at first. There were so many different things I couldn’t have even accounted for without some help from an experienced teacher. In the language I am currently learning, French, the literal meaning of things can be a bit mind boggling. In place of the word devil in reference to evil, the french typically say “le loup”, which translates to “the wolf”. I think it’s rad that you have chosen to write about this because, in part, I find it difficult to explain. To verbalize the strange jumps in translation and loss of historical context is very hard to expound upon, so I find your writing intriguing. I can’t wait to see where this goes! (I’m not going to recommend any websites because I’m sure you already have a ton). c:
I very much like that you looked at this. I’ve never thought of this before. I know words all have history, but I never thought to think about how it impacted the words themselves. I agree understanding should not be sacrificed. Just because you know the translation of a word does not mean you know anything about it.
Anna, Gun laws are a touchy topic in today’s hot political society, but I’m glad there’s some discussion. There need to be some form of reforms in these subjects as there are still too many gun violence deaths in America. I am curious to know the number of gun deaths in Utah compared to the US and compared to the world. Hope to see more from…[Read more]
Tess, This is really interesting and I didn’t know there was a study on this pattern. The language we use with children always amazed me, but I never realized how deep-rooted the ideas of fundamental gender differences were. The fact that fathers elicit different reactions based on the expressions on their sons and daughters faces really threw me…[Read more]
With a near 7,000 distinct languages, there must be significant difference between one speech pattern and another across the languages. Due to this, language barriers exist, but what causes the need for different
Hey Jacqueline, This is a very well written piece and it is an interesting topic. Language barriers are often a nuisance to deal with, but it is amazing to see how influential language is on a person’s culture. Language is a way to get in touch with who we are as a people, and you brought this up when you said that certain languages have specific words that just aren’t used in other cultures because it is not something that all cultures focus on or even acknowledge. I am glad I came across your article because it is a well posed question and got me to think about why some cultures have words for situations or emotions that others do not. I found your article to be very intriguing and hope you continue writing.
One subject at the base of linguistics is grammar. It is the sentence order and the way we speak. What is more interesting, is the ideas behind what is correct and what is not. At base level, grammar has to exist,
Clerra, Really enjoyed reading this. I can tell that you care about this a lot and you should because it is something that affects all people of this country and others. Ashton Kutcher did a speech on this problem (https://youtu.be/HUmfsvegMRo) and it really made me rethink what I thought about this issue. If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest…[Read more]
Ellie, So glad to hear you are aware and updated on the movement. This is an important time in the timeline of feminism. I don’t think I’m trying to hard to be optimistic when I say I think there is plenty of reason to believe in this movement. Big celebrities and the average people are all discussing these events, and conversation is what is…[Read more]
Two of the largest factors of the human personality are nature and nurture. Some argue that the two are separate, but others argue that they are interrelated. As science has delved deeper into the human person,
Jacqueline, The study in the article you linked is pretty troubling and interesting. With a sample size of over 500,000 people in Sweden, the fact that bottom-fifth-income adolescent were seven times as likely to commit crimes is a really powerful, well backed-up number. Even if when adjusting for other factors such as genetics, this ratio seems to be more significant than the other “nature” factors. I think the way a person is raised is just flat-out usually what determines their likelihood of becoming these types of criminals, and while research into the genetic component is important and interesting, the “nurturing” side of the coin is more important by far.
Hey yo Jacqueline! This is pretty neat. I’ve heard loads about the influences of “nature vs nurture” in my psychology class as well as science classes, and I find it to be an interesting concept. I have often found myself questioning the role of nature as well as nurture when it comes to the ways in which animals, both human and non human, behave. I personally believe that there will always be crime in some way or another due to genetic predisposition, unless of course there are no laws… well you get the point! Here’s an article about this that you might find interesting: http://www.medicaldaily.com/nature-vs-nurture-debate-50-year-twin-study-proves-it-takes-two-determine-human-334686
Carelis, This is very interesting. Having grown up in Utah, I live very close to a bilingual school, but I wasn’t aware of many others. I think that’s cool to know my state has such a high level of language interest. I hope that this kind of interest will spread around the country seeing as the results seem promising. Hopefully, posts like these…[Read more]
Bobby, Interesting article and I agree that the issue is very prevalent in today’s society. Not necessarily that it is worse than before, but rather that it is more documented than ever. Police and citizens are put in a position of danger in the lack of trust between the two groups. Police officers are no longer as respected as they were before,…[Read more]
Overtime, non-prescription drug use has decreased in popularity, however, the recent movement to legalize marijuana has changed precedent. Before the legalization of marijuana, the legal drugs most often used
Hello Jacqueline, I thought your topic was pretty interesting. Apparently from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/marijuana-legalization_n_4151423.html, Marjuana is more safer than drugs that have already been legalized, and they are used to help illnesses. Based off of what you know, I was wondering what your opinions on marijuana it? Since you said, “ The morals of drug usage is arbitrary in many senses and comes down to an individual’s opinion,” I want to know what you think? Drugs are both dangerous and helpful to the human body, but the abuse of them is not worth the feeling of temporary happiness. From this article, https://recovergateway.org/substance-abuse-resources/drug-addiction-effects/, there are many defects that come from drugs that can be very damaging. Some changes can be the physical changes of the brain and the body, and these defects can be permanent. I look forward to hearing more about this topic from you.
Jacqueline, I really liked this post, because it talks about both the positives and the negatives. I do think that some drugs can be used beneficially, but only if they are regimented strictly and not abused. Thins like opioid painkillers, medicinal marijuana, and micro dosing LSD can all have positive effects. Unfortunately the legalization of recreational drugs means that people are free to abuse these substances as they like. There has yet to be a prefect drug like soma in Brave New World; all drugs come with negative effects. I liked how you talked about the permanent effects of drugs, because I think a lot of people don’t realize what they might be sacrificing for a temporary high. This is a very contemporary issue and I look forward to hearing more. -Logan
Alexandra, I love to hear that you find this issue as important as you do. The state of our Earth worsens with each passing moment and I agree that serious steps towards recovery need to be taken now. I love that you mentioned #savethebees as well as bees are often over looked as being important. It’s about time that people stop expecting others…[Read more]
Zoe, interesting view of why cities have developed the way that they do. I think to an extent, you are right, however, I don’t think it is right to assume that sympathy comes totally from experience or to say that conservatives lack sympathy. There’s a trend that I agree exists, but I am curious to how outliers come to be. For example, I’d love to…[Read more]
Language is a conduit for thought. It is timeless and encompasses a past and a present. Through words, we as humans express our thoughts in a way unique to our surroundings. Korean speaker will have access to
Hi Jacqueline, I am intrigued by your topic. I agree that culture is really important for us and we don’t want to loose them. Especially for language, you said that ” more than half of the languages spoken today are considered endangered by linguists” which surprised me. I know some dialects in China are near extinction because younger generation tend to speak Mandarin at school or to their peers. Although they can understand the dialect, they can’t speak it with their family. If we loose our language, our culture, we will never get it back. Here is a useful resource: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-languages/chinas-minority-languages-face-threat-of-extinction-idUSTRE62B0EW20100312 Well done!
Jacqueline, This is a very interesting topic because this is something we don’t see or talk about everyday. I like how you explain that we need to be more focused on this so we don’t lose it in the future. The fact that half the languages spoken today are endangered means that these languages most likely aren’t going to be used in the future. Without these languages, we will lose a lot of the culture that our ancestors grew up with and that needs to change. Here is an article I think you might like about the extinction of languages. https://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/what-endangered-language
Hey Jacqueline, this is pretty neat. I have heard before that many languages are considered endangered, much like animals, but I didn’t really realize the sheer quantity of languages that fall under this category. I think it’s kind of sad that your grandmother deemed languages other than English “superfluous knowledge’, but I can understand why she feels that way. With so many countries learning English in order to better participate in the world market dominated by it, virtually everyone knows at least first-grade-level English. A website I found has a lot of statistics on languages that you might be interested in is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers Hope you can teach us more on this subject in the near future!
Niki, Interesting article, you may be interested in a ted talk where the vegetarian diet is discussed. For those less willing to give up meat, he suggests being vegetarian just a few days a week. Overall, I like to know the impacts of each diet type especially as it relates to the greater environment not just us. There’s a lot of basis upon which…[Read more]
Jasmine, I believe that the problem is not so simple as saying that the problem is actually in the kneeling, but rather the context around it. I agree that there is a problem and that they are right to protest, because there are obvious statistics showing that racism is still alive. However as Mark Twain has said, “Loyalty to country always.…[Read more]
On average in the U.S. 121 people die by suicide every single day making suicide the 10th leading cause of death. NFSP reports a steady incline in the suicide rate and mental illness is at an all time high –
Hello again! I really appreciate your analysis of the problem of crude jokes centered around mental illness. In a way, It makes sense why people use the “kill yourself joke”. The subject of comedy is often also the subject of upsetting instances and occurrences. Similar to racial, gay, or political jokes, suicide jokes are widespread in the teenage world of social media. Jokes are said to be a way of laughing when the subject really makes you want to cry. And I can see the truth in that nearly everywhere. Although many jokes can be unintentionally harmful, I find suicide jokes are nothing but harmful. A laugh is the only differentiating quality between a joke and words that can end a life. And that’s not a good sign. There are lots of organizations and agencies that try to help prevent suicide, but even they can’t compensate much for the lack of funds. Another resource you might use is (http://www.apa.org/monitor/oct03/socialclass.aspx). I look forward to your future writings!
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