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What Is The First Documented Use Of An Emoticon?

According to Zeit Magazine: “30 years ago, on September 9, 1982 at 11:44am, Scott Fahlman posted the first emoticon. Nothing was ever the same ;-)”

Do you think we’re better or worse off because of emoticons?

The Shift Towards “Plurilingualism”


Plurilingualism is not multilingualism. The blog Polyglottoly points out that instead, it’s a concept promoted by the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) to shift the focus from aiming for perfection or ultimate fluency to a goal of practical communication. What do you guys think about that? It makes language learning feel a lot more intuitive.

For us, it means that you don’t need to beat yourself up about not being able to recall the word “squirrel” in Italian- but rather celebrate the fact that we can gossip rather fluently about celebrity break ups with our native Italian friends. You learn as you go and all you need to worry about is the kind of conversations you expect to have and the ones that will help you navigate around the country and among its countrymen. (By the way, squirrel= scoiattolo)