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Mary Simon, an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat, has been named as Canada’s next governor general — the first Indigenous person to serve in the role. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Should bilingualism change in Canada? The debate over Gov. Gen. Mary Simon

Which languages get to “count” as bilingual in Canada? And who gets to be the “right” kind of bilingual?
Children begin to learn grammar well before they start school, when they craft their first short sentences. RonTech2000/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Why does grammar matter?

Grammar isn’t a way to bully people for making mistakes, says a longtime English instructor. It is a way to understand how our language operates, in all its many written and spoken varieties.
The ability to achieve native-like language proficiency cannot be exclusively attributed to age as other factors, such as cognitive, social and emotional aspects, are important. www.shutterstock.com

Why younger is not always better when it comes to learning English

Second-language learners from different age groups seem to have equal chances of becoming highly proficient speakers as long as they are placed in a supportive environment.
If only there were one that fit. Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images

What makes something ironic?

Irony is a slippery concept. Sometimes it’s used in speech, other times it’s used to describe a situation – oh, and it can also characterize an attitude. Is its versatility its downfall?
America lags when it comes to being able to speak more than one language. Monopoly919/Shutterstock.com

7 reasons to learn a foreign language

Better job prospects and richer lives are among the many reasons to learn a foreign language, an expert on foreign language instruction writes.

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