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Post title Author Posting date Number of views Number of comments
10 interesting facts on translation and translators Marc-André Descôteaux 2017-09-25 62189 9
10 practical tips to enrich your French vocabulary Lorrayne G. Camper 2018-04-16 19989 9
2018: An important year for the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions Debbie Beresford-Green and Stéphan Déry 2018-11-26 5891 0
3 stylistic differences between English and French Ève Lyne Marchand 2020-04-06 5643 2
4 simple tips for writing an effective speech Stanley Igboanugo 2020-07-20 2474 2
4 tips for simplifying your PowerPoint presentations Ève Lyne Marchand 2022-07-11 1115 4
4 ways French has influenced the English language Chad Emery 2020-06-08 53629 12
5 festive songs and their origins Ève Lyne Marchand 2021-12-13 1109 0
5 places to visit to practise your second language Lucie Séguin 2017-12-11 4628 0
5 reasons why reading aloud isn’t just for children Julia Sandford-Cooke 2018-03-26 15681 7
5 tips to improve your email writing skills Catherine Haggerty 2018-02-12 199843 63
5 tools to discover in the Language Portal Fatima Rizzo 2017-10-10 11067 4
7 careers for the literature major Fatima Rizzo 2018-04-23 6605 0
7 proverbs and expressions that Granny used to use Ana Conan 2019-09-16 3255 0
7 wonders of literary language Nadia Helal 2020-05-11 5568 1
8 French words I miss in English: Untranslatable words chez les Anglais Lauren Shapiro 2020-11-09 4805 7
A certain je ne sais quoi Annie-Josiane Sessou 2022-03-21 852 0
A conversation with Patrick Chan and Caroline Savoie, spokespersons for the 2019 Rendez-vous de la Francophonie Marc-André Descôteaux 2019-01-14 5423 1
A historical overview of the “grammar-translation” method for teaching foreign languages Alejandro Hernández Jaramillo 2019-05-13 18534 2
A knack for languages and a nose for wine Alexandre Faster 2020-08-17 1220 0
A simple “Bonjour” can change everything Pascale Bourque 2018-01-22 6634 2
A tale of two translation-related residencies Lynne Bowker and Veronica Cappella 2022-01-24 749 0
Adapted books for persons with a disability: Copyright law terminology Barbara McClintock 2020-01-20 1920 0
An ode to libraries Caroline Gadenne 2020-10-05 771 0
Anacoluthon: A stylistic error Ève Lyne Marchand 2021-04-06 1524 2
Are you a multilingual speaker? Haiyi Yan 2021-04-19 8490 4
Australian English in a nutshell Line Lalande 2020-05-04 9348 2
Award-winning titles for Asian Heritage Month Josephine Versace 2018-05-07 3214 0
Back to the pen: Writing letters by hand Lina Peralta 2020-09-14 2844 5
Be daring: Speak in your second language Caroline Bowden 2019-02-11 5348 4
Behind the scenes at Parliamentary Debates Katey Thompson 2020-08-31 3472 6
Bilingual Service Centres: Serving Franco-Manitobans for 15 years Bilingual Service Centres of Manitoba 2018-01-29 3308 0
Bilingualism: A gift from my father Michael Vandergrift 2021-09-03 1061 0
Bonjour my friend!: Promoting Canada’s linguistic duality Marc-André Descôteaux 2019-11-25 2352 1
Building bilingual brains: The importance of French second-language education in Canada Rianna Crawford 2020-11-16 3250 0
Canadian authors who lull my children to sleep Marise Guay 2021-03-29 803 0
Canadian, British and American: It’s all English, but the spelling is different Virginia St-Denis 2020-10-13 13509 0
Celebrate Halloween with a twist! Marise Guay 2022-10-17 382 0
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act: Personal testimonies Françoise Giboureau, Carole Melanson and Robert Beaumier 2019-12-16 3892 1
Challenges Chinese students encounter when studying Shakespeare Haiyi Yan 2022-04-19 1030 2
Changing times, changing vocabulary Charles Slowey 2020-09-08 1497 1
Chuchotements d’éveil: A writing workshop like no other Nathalie Rondeau 2019-05-27 2438 0
Cométique: Beyond the cosmetics of a street Josée Marie-Lise Robillard 2022-11-28 280 0
Comic books and graphic novels: A primer Ève Lyne Marchand 2020-07-06 2615 0
Comparative revision: An essential step Marie-Christine Payette 2017-10-02 5084 0
Condo dreaming in Quebec Barbara McClintock 2019-04-15 2158 0
Condo terminology for those who dream of buying a condo Barbara McClintock 2018-10-09 4881 1
COVID-19 and learning a second language: Embracing the unknown Maria Kalsatos 2021-01-05 1293 0
Creating a bilingual lexicon: A collaborative approach Christiane Arsenault 2018-04-30 3656 0
Cree language facts for editors of English and French Arden Ogg and Dorothy Thunder 2019-08-05 4472 1
Cryptocurrency vocabulary: Genesis of a terminology project Xavier Darras 2020-03-23 2861 1
Cultural revitalization: Drawing on the past for a better future Kevin Lewis 2020-06-19 7224 5
Dictionaries and Indigenous languages Julia Fischer 2020-01-13 4848 6
Discover the world of sign language interpretation Frank Folino and Mélanie Guay 2020-09-21 1956 0
Discovering the Atikamekw language Ève Lyne Marchand 2022-01-31 1074 0
Editing matters: Helping your text to shine Anne Louise Mahoney 2017-09-05 9579 3
Elisapie: A woman who cherishes tradition Sophie Martin 2022-03-07 1221 2
Embracing the singular “they” as a gender-neutral pronoun Christopher Tate 2019-08-19 23412 22
Esperanto: A fair international language Nicolas Viau 2018-11-19 7146 3
Even in a headwind, never give up on your dream Mélanie Guay and Julie Morin 2020-03-02 1611 0
Even though I’m tiny, I’m mighty Mélanie Guay and Julie Morin 2020-03-09 1893 0
Explore and Destination Clic: Two language immersion programs Mélanie Roy 2019-01-07 5093 0
Five new words for tech buffs Marc-André Descôteaux 2019-02-28 6372 0
Five ways to achieve total immersion in a language without leaving your house Brandon DeRiggs 2019-04-29 3406 0
Food for thought: Exploring the origins of culinary terms Marc-André Descôteaux 2017-10-30 147479 30
Four tips for writing short, simple poetry Maria Magdeleina Lotfi 2018-08-06 5404 4
Francization in Laval: The state of the issue Samuel d’Haese 2018-08-20 5411 2
Franco-Ontarians: A formidable force to be reckoned with Arwa Ahmed 2022-08-08 654 0
Francophone identity and community support: Why they’re important! Marie Anich 2022-11-14 228 0
French in Canada: Some interesting facts you may not know Katharine Snider McNair 2018-02-19 28694 6
From Vancouver to Jonquière Tolga Yalkin 2020-02-10 2507 1
From “the three Rs” to machine translation: A new kind of literacy for the digital age Lynne Bowker 2019-10-07 4160 1
Gender-inclusive, non-binary, and gender-neutral language in English writing Natalie Kouri-Towe and Danielle Bobker 2022-09-20 973 2
Geographical names and the mysteries they hold: The case of the Lairet River Steeves Gourgues 2020-02-03 2592 1
Grammatical gender in the Cree language Arden Ogg and Dorothy Thunder 2019-10-28 6891 3
He pūkoʻa kani ʻāina (A coral reef grows into an island): Building our Indigenous language capacity Candace Galla 2020-02-24 3494 2
How my love of words shaped my life Ana Conan 2018-01-08 9090 3
How to capitalize holiday greetings Josephine Versace 2019-11-18 19477 1
How to deliver bad news Sheila Ethier 2018-04-09 8309 6
How to evaluate using the sandwich method Anvita Saxena 2018-06-26 26308 8
How to pronounce the French “u” and “r” sounds Emily Power 2018-10-29 8422 1
How word origins can help you keep “-onym” words straight Natalie Ballard 2017-09-18 3911 0
I dance with words Annie-Josiane Sessou 2021-03-08 1411 2
I speak, therefore I am Pascale Bourque 2018-05-14 7235 1
Improving the way you learn a language Valdiceia de Oliveira 2020-09-28 2728 3
In praise of old-fashioned language classes Caroline Gadenne 2019-10-21 2014 0
Inclusion and exclusion: A risk in bilingual education in Canada Monica Tang 2019-12-02 3142 0
Indigenous geographical names and the power they hold Jean-Luc Fournier 2019-06-17 6534 1
Indigenous language resources: My treasure chest Mélanie Guay 2018-10-22 4471 2
Innu: A rapidly transforming language Jérémie Ambroise and Mélanie Guay 2021-06-14 2520 0
Interlingua: An international language Martin Lavallée 2019-10-15 8285 2
Introducing the improved Language Navigator! Mélanie Guay 2021-02-15 1001 0
Jessica Coon: Linguistic superstar Julie Morin and Denise Ramsankar 2018-09-24 7170 2
jimchab and his passion for the Francophone culture Mélanie Guay and Julie Morin 2019-03-25 9992 0
Kicking the em dash habit Line Lalande 2018-05-28 16638 9
La Francophonie is about tourism, too! Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité 2020-02-17 1819 1
Language as inspiration Joanne Leclair 2022-06-13 574 0
Language: A bridge between people Yvette-Monique Gray 2022-09-06 1180 13
Language: A window into seeing and appreciating the world Samson Young 2022-10-03 849 9
Latin: The not-so-dead language you use every day Mary van Amelsvoort 2020-12-14 2991 1
Laugh and learn with holiday songs Marise Guay 2018-12-10 3614 0
Learning a language with joy, gratitude and persistence Min Ji Kim 2018-01-15 5670 1
Learning a second language: Being deaf won’t stop me Maryse Allain 2018-09-17 3578 0
Learning French without “dropping the potato” Patrick McKenna 2022-01-10 1407 1
Learning to write: It’s child’s play! Marise Guay 2021-08-09 1409 0
Let’s celebrate our passion for languages this summer Nicolas Viau 2018-08-13 2394 0
Let’s take a butcher’s at cockney rhyming slang Line Lalande 2019-05-06 8197 1
Let’s talk Agile Ève Lyne Marchand 2020-11-23 1453 0
Linguistic duality according to Raymond Théberge, Commissioner of Official Languages Mélanie Guay and Julie Morin 2018-09-10 4941 0
Literacy connections through food storytelling Lisa Trout 2022-10-31 301 0
Live, laugh and learn in French Laetitia Walbert 2021-11-29 2072 4
Living and working in French in the National Capital Region Catherine Larose 2018-04-03 5406 1
Long live the passive voice Geoff McGuire 2019-04-08 4037 1
Machine translation literacy and an ethics of collective care Lynne Bowker 2020-10-19 2520 4
Make an impression with stylistic devices Ève Lyne Marchand 2019-09-30 5677 1
Making letters and emails gender-inclusive Josephine Versace 2018-02-05 226447 30
Maritime-isms Natalie Ballard 2019-02-25 8047 2
Meet the spokespersons for the 2018 Rendez-vous de la Francophonie Nicole Dugré 2018-02-26 4675 0
Misconceptions about multilingualism Raina Schnider 2018-08-27 5987 1
Moving? Changes to Quebec co-ownership rules Barbara McClintock 2021-06-28 1800 2
Multicultural Book Club: An ambitious task Nazila Khalkhali 2020-01-27 15034 0
My 2 hats, and false ideas about linguistics Raina Schnider 2017-12-15 4747 2
My English language journey: Learning, improving and still having fun! Daniela Faillace 2022-06-27 1160 8
My love for translation, interpretation … and Acadia Sandy Harquail 2019-01-28 6441 0
Novice editors, reach up the value ladder Tom Vradenburg 2018-05-21 3299 0
Plain language: It’s not just for children Elva Keip 2022-08-22 920 1
Projects BY and FOR official language minority communities Arwa Ahmed 2022-05-30 688 0
Promoting real and active bilingualism Jean-Pierre Blais 2019-09-09 2920 1
Readability formulas, programs and tools: Do they work for plain language? Gael Spivak 2022-07-25 2768 6
Reflections on an Anglo-Gatinois childhood Arwa Ahmed 2019-11-12 1487 0
Revitalizing Indigenous languages in Canada Steeves Gourgues 2020-08-03 5400 1
Salutations and complimentary closes made simple Natalie Ballard 2018-03-05 119440 5
Second-language immersion: A year in Vancouver Mélanie Roy 2017-12-04 4249 0
Serving up environmental studies (or history, or visual arts, or just about anything) with a side of language skills Lynne Bowker 2021-07-12 2498 0
Speech therapists, a.k.a. “word doctors” Sonia Routhier 2019-06-03 1814 0
Standard spelling in Cree Arden Ogg and Dorothy Thunder 2020-03-30 4551 1
Taking the plunge into your second language Steven MacKinnon 2021-03-15 1613 1
Teaching both English and French as a second language in Quebec Julie de Belle 2021-04-12 2086 8
Téléfun: Case study of an informal language partners program Mélanie Rivet 2018-03-12 2660 0
Ten good reasons to learn French Mélanie Roy 2019-04-23 7530 3
The advantages and disadvantages of a global language Alexandre Chemla 2021-07-26 91589 1
The art of writing effectively for the web Kimberley Bouchard 2019-12-09 1943 0
The benefits of being trilingual in Montreal Nadia Helal 2018-10-15 12181 3
The call to volunteer Suzelle Lavallée 2019-06-10 1782 0
The Canadian Francophonie: 21 years of celebration Philippe Daoust 2019-03-18 4707 2
The CEGEP English Exit Exam: Know what to expect and how to succeed Nadia Helal 2019-06-25 15653 3
The charm of language Zhang Hui 2021-11-15 2845 11
The Francophone minority: Living in French in British Columbia is possible Jade Turcot-Plante 2019-09-03 8247 1
The French invasion of English André Racicot 2020-03-16 3101 1
The French legend of King Arthur Steffan Landry 2020-05-25 3529 2
The French spoken in New France Steeves Gourgues 2020-04-27 4028 2
The gift of expressing myself in both languages Jill Barber 2021-03-01 961 0
The gift of language Shelina Adatia 2021-05-03 7687 2
The good writer: Three tips to transform your writing style from good to great Charmaine Emanuel Ralph 2021-02-08 1723 0
The importance of writing Clarisse Bondoma 2021-01-18 980 0
The language (and art) of stand-up comedy Nadia Helal 2020-11-30 4127 2
The language of climate change Francis Pedneault 2020-04-20 2368 1
The language of music Pascale Bourque 2020-04-14 4489 2
The language of tweets and hashtags: A bilingual mini-glossary of social media terms Chantal Potvin 2018-02-28 50334 5
The odd case of autrefois acquit and autrefois convict: How an obscure form of legal French influenced Canadian legal terminology Frédérique Bertrand-Le Borgne 2020-11-02 2069 1
The Official Languages Hub® makes its debut on the Portal Mélanie Guay 2019-11-04 3402 0
The Our Languages blog turns 1 Karim Adam 2018-09-04 2670 0
The role of French immersion programs in the vitality of British Columbia’s linguistic duality Alex Hughes 2020-01-06 4723 4
The round ball and its double identity Marise Guay 2018-07-09 4488 0
The singular “they” is gaining acceptance Gael Spivak 2017-10-23 105096 6
The top 5 free terminology research 2.0 tools Olivier Doré 2017-09-05 10384 3
To baby talk or not to baby talk Amy Warr 2019-03-11 7097 4
Translation and technology: Where things stand Desmond Fisher 2017-11-06 6273 2
Translation: It’s not just for translators! Lynne Bowker 2021-02-01 1764 3
Translation: Let’s trust the professionals Alexandra Martin-Roche 2019-07-22 21040 5
Tricky-to-translate terms and expressions Barbara McClintock 2019-09-23 6133 2
Troublesome verb pairs Josephine Versace 2019-05-21 3753 0
Two students, one cause Zachary Blanchard-Séguin 2017-10-16 3088 0
Unconventional ways to learn a language if you’re stuck at home and on a budget Courtney Anderson 2020-10-26 1507 1
Using verbs with flair! Lina Scarpellini 2022-05-02 912 3
Views on bilingualism from 5 Canada 150 Ambassadors Marc-André Descôteaux 2017-11-27 7807 2
Wendat kwatatiahtah! (Let’s speak Wendat!): The resurgence of a language Steeves Gourgues 2021-03-22 1827 0
What bilingualism means to me Stéphan Déry 2017-09-05 20221 8
What Gallicisms are and why we use them Fatima Rizzo 2018-03-19 11930 3
What language do you dream in? Lina Peralta 2021-01-25 3429 1
What’s my level of French? Caroline Gadenne 2020-12-07 2404 0
What’s up with "you" Sheila Ethier 2018-10-01 36194 5
Why Canada needs a language museum Katharine Snider McNair 2017-11-20 4980 0
Why Canadian spelling is different Sheila Ethier 2017-11-14 138187 48
Why I love learning French Jennifer S. 2018-06-11 5865 3
Why we spell the way we do: Part 1 Anne-Marie Tugwell 2021-05-17 2251 4
Why we spell the way we do: Part 2 Anne-Marie Tugwell 2021-05-31 1311 2
Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? To cliché, or not to cliché: that is the question Desmond Fisher 2019-07-08 3720 2
Writing about people with hearing loss: A primer on terminology Melanie Sexton 2022-02-07 1968 0
Writing as an organizational communication tool Yasmina El Jamaï 2022-04-04 774 0
Writing: Smothering the creative flame Hélène Massé 2021-02-22 1316 2
“Hot” summer quizzes Fanny Vittecoq 2018-07-23 6587 4
“I” before “e” except after “c” ... or maybe not Bethany Brown 2022-05-16 840 0
“Latinx”: What does it mean, and how is it pronounced? Zachary Currie 2022-02-21 1755 0
“Packaging” your job application with a cover letter Julie Lachance 2021-11-01 1148 0
“That” is a tricky one Josephine Versace 2018-11-13 7675 1
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