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    Shakespeare Soliloquy

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    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

    How Can Translation Be Harmful to Understanding?

    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 language to the other. In other words, you...

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    • 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.

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    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

    Why Do Language Barriers Exist?

    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 words and expressions varies from culture...

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    • 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.

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    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,

    Does Grammar Really Exist?

    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...

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    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,

    Can the Way You Were Raised Make You a Criminal?

    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, nature and nurture...

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    • 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

    • Jacqueline,
      I thought that this was a very interesting piece and was well structured. Your information was clear and you made sure to explain it in a clear way.

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    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

    Moral Implications of Drug Use

    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 recreationally were cigarettes and alcohol - using the definition that...

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    • 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

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    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

    Extinction of Expression

    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 different meanings...

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    • 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!

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    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 –

    "Kill Yourself"

    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...

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    • 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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    Cleaner energy sources are definitely possible, but is pure energy possible? Things like electric cars are not necessarily cleaner, they just produce pollution elsewhere. There is testing in using ocean waves’ k

    Is Truly Clean Energy Possible?

    Cleaner energy sources are definitely possible, but is pure energy possible? Things like electric cars are not necessarily cleaner, they just produce pollution elsewhere. There is testing in using ocean waves’ kinetic energy to power society. There are also...

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    • Hi Jacqueline! I must say, I love your writing! This topic has been boggling my mind for quite some time now and I’m happy to see that it’s not just me that is concerned about the future of our environment. What you have explained in this is super informative as I didn’t have a clue that bioenergy increases methane. Something that I would like to know more about is the amount of greenhouse gasses produced using fossil fuels as compared to green energy. Just how big of a difference would it make if we did manage to switch to green energy? Can’t wait to see where you can go with this.

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