Beginner Japanese language learner writing Hello word in Japanese kanji characters
Communication

The Japanese Language: Context Is Everything

February 14, 2017

Japanese language is highly contextual. It’s hard to know how to say something in Japanese unless you know the details of the social context. And that reflects a long-standing Japanese concern with order, with hierarchy, and with consensus. […]

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Communication

What is Linguistics?

February 9, 2017

A great many things about language that seem apparent, in fact, are quite otherwise upon examination, and this is what makes linguistics a fascinating field. […]

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Communication

Why The Word ‘Cool’ Has Stayed Hot For So Long

January 27, 2017

The word “cool” is used as a synonym for almost anything good. Music can be cool and restaurants can be cool. Every so often even a minivan seems cool. But why has its popularity lasted over hundreds of years? […]

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Business Skills

The Social Context that Shapes our Talk

December 23, 2016

How you understand the messages sent to you is shaped in large part by your culture and subcultures—the contexts in which you learned “normal” ways of seeing and hearing the world around you. Grasp the key dimensions along which cultures can be compared […]

Language

Why Do We Care about Grammar?

December 22, 2016

If you are someone who feels some insecurity about your mastery of grammar, this course asks you to believe that you know more than you think you do. […]

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Applied Philosophy

The Wisdom of Crowds

December 20, 2016

We are going to talk about prediction. We are going to see how diverse ways of thinking contribute to the ability of a collection of […]

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