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William Floyd
Posted 11 months ago
What would be the effect on the U.S. Congress if a majority of its members would be Eagle Scouts?
In history nations rose and collapsed then rose again (the dynastic cycle). A study would show that there is a familiar thread about those - the reorganization and rebuilding was accomplished by a leader or group or family that drew together loyalty and assets from the region based on their strength and integrity. They began anew the system of governance basing family values, honesty and hard work as the standard. Over time successors became more lapse in governance, education and altruism then greed, societal stratification, unrepresentative government result. In the last stages corruption, polarization disables governance as a whole and the citizenry would rise, would be forced to rise, again. In China and in the monarchies of Europe the cycle settled into a pattern of about 225-300 years. The founding fathers of the US constitution were aware of this same history and were intent on crafting a document that would provide a means of thwarting corruption and preventing erosion of the forces for good. Unfortunately, though an admiral document and certainly a role model for governing, successors have again found means to degrade and devalue its leadership. Two election cycles ago we saw a new crop of young, enthusiastic representatives take charge. I waited and hoped to see a new dawn in US politics. One election ago we had an intelligent, forward-thinking president win election promising change and to put Americans to work rebuilding the infrastructure of our country. Grand efforts but still the same results. As history dictates, the recourse remains to reset the leadership as a whole and reward trust to the new governing body. Perhaps bringing a majority of Eagle scouts into the fold would provide reset without the drama of anarchy. With the US Constitution just arriving at its pass/fail mark - we must not eliminate any group of 'good citizens' that might make the difference - what we all agree on, though, is that something as strong as that is needed.
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William Floyd
Posted about 1 year ago
Creating a computer program for saving text/audio of a list of English terms translated across a number of languages for easy review.
Dear edulover learner, While transations are provided by an abundance of on-line resources these still must be checked by real people for context accuracy - and will always have to be so. As the idea of a program for SAVING the TRANSLATIONS with audio does mean having people from different cultures getting together to use these the sharing you describe will add to the language learning experience. A natural course of such paring results in people sharing ideas, culture and makiing friendships. The need, then, is the program - designed as a blank slate onto which data is written in text/audio then saved in a way that can recall the work for review, edit the work and share the work. This program will enable people to collect, save and review their unique lists. Then let us consider (some of) the methods we would want to have in such a program: to input words/phrases in English to identify the target language name and add a feature to the file name for saving and retrieval to copypaste or type in the translations and save those with the English as usable file name. to accept audio recordings of English and all other languages in normal, slow and syllabicated fashions (also named using the English as a usable file name) to share the files by users to edit the content as users work together to check the accuracy of each entry Again, even the creation of more and better language translation systems, there still remains the need for gathering and saving a person's unique lists for review in the company of target language native speakers. Getting together these persons would include using a computer to see, hear the work and the program must have edit functions. Still searching... Thanks Bill
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William Floyd
Posted about 1 year ago
Creating a computer program for saving text/audio of a list of English terms translated across a number of languages for easy review.
Thanks Lejan. I can see that Linguee is a great work that provides a lot of information about a word by providing in-context translations of it with European languages. A great resource site, very easy to use and with audio. However, I seek a platform to save the translations I collect from such resources. They will be saved in English and in the target language(s) with audio and then be able to group these as I like to create 'lessons'. Also the supporting phonetic symbol sets (not an issue with roman letter-based languages but certainly with others) must accompany the main word - preferably covered somehow as an option for reading the sound. And the audio must have options for a) normal speech, b) slow deliberate pronunciation and c) for breaking down the word/phrase into syllables or words. This would probably not be an on-line tool since the user will need their work accessible 24/7 and by nature of it being private will probably want it on their own hard-disk - thus a old-fashioned, standalone installable program (remember those?). Thus the need to have functions built in to make it conveniently distributable and sharable person to person - probably via flash drive. I imagine huge zipped folders too large for e-mail and not everyone has a download site or wants to or can pay for that on-line service. Thanks for the tip!