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MadeUAcctButIEatedIt850 karma

Part of making a pile of money is putting out a quality product.

Depending on whom you ask, the quality of ST spin-offs has been uneven since TNG/DS9. With so many groundbreaking, must-see shows on broadcast and cable in the past decade, how do we ensure this Worf series will receive the treatment it deserves?

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What strategies/resources do you recommend for people trying to trying to teach children a second language? ...toddlers? a 4-year-old? a monolingual 10-year-old?

I've seen so many cases where second-generation parents fully have the intention of raising their child "in both languages" but they just have no idea what it actually entails and, being fluent in the community language, the heritage language falls by the wayside in short order.

(e.g. Hindustani in England, French in the USA, Cantonese in France.) Oftentimes parents start out with "both", sometimes even close to 50/50 but all media (books, TV, songs) in the dominant language, all higher-register subjects in the dominant language and no one except the parent speaking to the child in the target language (sometimes grandparents, too). By the time the kid is old enough to realize they're speaking something "weird" and different from their friends and starts to resist, the parent gets home after a long day speaking nothing but the community language, it quickly becomes monolingualism spiced up with the occasional command or term of endearment from the heritage language and it's game over.

A decade or so after their initial embarrassment at speaking their grandparents' old, uncool language, the adolescent start feeling ashamed for not knowing it (as if it were their fault in what language they were spoken to) wishing that they'd learned but are passive bilinguals at best and true fluency eludes them.

Come by /r/raisingbilingualkids anytime!

MadeUAcctButIEatedIt13 karma

Be brutally honest: What's the medium-to-long-term prognosis for Canto and other non-Standard-Mandarin Sinitic languages?

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You never saw Worf trying to acculturate to the Federation and succeed according to humans' criteria as an allegory for a black man trying to make it in a white man's world?

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Weren't you a Catholic before? How instrumental do you feel your faith was in making the decision to leave the mob? Do you not feel you could have made the same decisions without your belief in God?