How Global Is Your English: 8 Ways To Keep It Simple And Save Big | The Content Wrangler

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As many know, studying the "global English" or "international English" is one of my stronger tech comm interests. Marcia Riefer Johnston has written an excellent article here for The Content Wrangler that talks about the use of international English, and she provides some solid examples of how better understanding of it helps with writing for an international audience. Read up! This is a worthwhile read (as all things from Marcia are). –TechCommGeekMom

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Lean WordPress: A guide to optimizing your CMS

A guide to optimizing your WordPress CMS. For you and the environment.

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WordPress is a great tool to learn, and fairly easy! The TechCommGeekMom.com blog is built on this platform, in fact. While I feel fairly proficient at using it, there are lots of features that I could still learn. Perhaps that’s a goal for me this year… But in the meantime, read this article to understand more about how WordPress can work as an active CMS, and the benefits of using this readily available, open-source tool that is used globally. –TechCommGeekMom

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» The Changing Landscape of Freelance Workers

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This is a FREE event in Philadelphia, and I’m one of the speakers! Did I mention it’s FREE? This is a joint meeting sponsored by PANMA (Philadelphia Area New Media Association) and the STC-PMC (Society for Technical Communication -Philadelphia Metro Chapter) taking place at Wharton (yes, THAT Wharton.) Both groups are great resources for networking and information. This event looks fabulous–whether I participated or not! If you are in the Philadelphia area on February 25, 2016, be sure register today, as seats will fill up fast! I hope to see you there! –TechCommGeekMom

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How language can affect the way we think

A look at the ways that the construction of language can have implications for the way we think, act and parse the world around us.

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This is a fascinating article about differences in language, and shows how things can truly be "lost in translation." My husband, a native Spanish speaker and I will have heated debates about English because he’s translating in his head, and some expressions he’ll claim he’s never heard (despite living in this country for almost 35 years), or he’ll say they don’t make sense. This article explains some of this phenomenon and more. Linguistics are so cool to me! But this article is another reminder that translation alone isn’t making something global. The language translation itself can take on deeper or lesser meaning simply because there are no true direct translations. This is important when considering localization with a project. What do you think? Have you encountered this? Include your comments below. –TechCommGeekMom

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Five simple ideas to cut your blogging time in half

I stumbled around and fumbled around for a long time when I started this blog. For the first nine months I was inconsistent and confused. Then I realized how many great business benefits I was

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Another great article from my former Rutgers instructor, Mark Schaefer. He’s been doing this a long time–much longer than I have–and had some great tips about blogging in here, some of which I’m going to see about employing this year for myself. Take a look… –TechCommGeekMom

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The Primary Differences Among Major International English Dialects

The British Empire hasn’t been in existence for almost three-quarters of a century. At the peak of its might, it covered close to a quarter …

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Excellent article from Grammarly.com. The inclusion of two former British colonies–outside the US, Canada, Australia, and South Africa–in this piece is a great example of how English is an international language, but not universal in its use. Take a look… –TechCommGeekMom

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016

Kick your writing career into high gear with this year’s list of the best writing websites.

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Here’s another great find from Craig Cardimon that’s worth saving. With 100 websites listed, there’s quite a variety that addresses different kinds of writing. Check this article out, then bookmark for future reference! –TechCommGeekMom

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