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Disability Learning

Jan 9th 2018

Disability learning or learning disabilities are often not discovered until a later age. In such instances the learning disabled person may suffer from low self esteem. Difficulties in reading and writing are in no way an indication of a lower intelligence. On the contrary, many people with disability learning posses a higher than average intelligence. But unless they are aware of their LD problem people suffering from disability learning may become depressed and frustrated by their reading and writing difficulties.
Awareness of learning disorders is the first and perhaps the most important stage for the person that has disability learning. Awareness is the key to rebuild self confidence for the learning disabled and to overcome learning disorders. Once the specific type of LD is determined the next stage is to find ways that will pave the way to improvement.
Providing the person with learning disabilities with the right tools that can aid her is another way to re-build confidence. Disability learning students can use context-sensitive online automatic correction tools in order get help reading and writing. (more…)

Learning disabilities

Jan 9th 2018

Technological solutions for people with learning disabilities can improve their quality of life and assist them to feel more confident in a regular learning environment. The task, which is simple to some, of translating one’s thoughts into written language can be extremely difficult for people with learning disabilities. Most people that have learning disabilities such as Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – adhd, dyslexia etc. will have some difficulty in reading. There are many degrees of reading difficulties and the means by which assistance is provided need to be adjusted specifically. Special education for people that have learning difficulties such as Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – adhd, and dyslexia uses assistive technology aids to help students. Such assistive technology tools may include the automatic grammar and spelling correction tool.
For people with learning disabilities the regular spell checker cannot always be useful. Some people that suffer from dyslexia, for example, will have spelling mistakes that are so far removed from the original word they intended to write that the regular spell checker will not recognize it or will offer them spelling corrections that contain words they did not intend to write. A context-sensitive spell checker will take a look, not only at each word in order to look for possible spelling errors, but also at the entire sentence and analyze context, just like a human being would. By analyzing context, the spell checker is able to recognize words with severe spelling mistakes and offer the right corrections. Students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – adhd, dyslexia and other learning disabilities are able to view their original sentences, with all their mistakes alongside the corrected sentences. Seeing them one next to the other assists them to learn exactly what their error was. In addition to that the context-sensitive spell checker that possesses Text to Speech capability will assist students with learning difficulties to listen to their errors and to the corrections offered. Some people with learning disabilities will find it difficult to read the suggested corrections. The ability to listen to the various correction suggestions will allow students with learning difficulties to select, with ease, the right one. Text to speech can also assist by reading aloud long texts that would otherwise be very difficult for some people with learning disabilities to handle. It also makes proofreading much easier, as texts can be read and re-read to the student.

Slang

Nov 15th 2017

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Modern slang today
Slang is an informal language or words that are used by a specific group of people. British slang, for example, is an unofficial adaptation of the English language in Britain. This informal way of speaking is acceptable in most informal and casual settings, although some British slang words have been used so often that they have been adapted into the formal way of speaking.

Over time, the words that are used in slang either die out because people have moved to other newer slang words or their use becomes so prevalent that they have to be incorporated into the common way of speaking.

Examples of slang from all over the world:

British slang
British slang is perhaps the most widely used and most documented slang in the world. British slang is used so widely that a dictionary dedicated to it was published in 1889. Since then, additional British slang dictionaries have also been published. Commonly used British slang includes:

  • Bang to rights- caught red handed
  • What a lot of Tosh- meaningless nonsense.
  • Trollied- stupidly drunk.
  • Don’t look so bait- Don’t look too suspicious.

Australian slang
Australian slang or Aussie slang is commonly referred to as strine by the locals. Not only can, the Aussie accent leave both English speakers and foreigners perplexed, but the Australian slang is also just as complex to understand.  Australian English is quite similar to British English; however, British slang and Aussie slang are two different entities. Aussie slang is all about making the words as short as possible. Here is a list of some of the most common slang expressions in Australia:

  • Barbie- barbecue.
  • Bottle-O: liquor store
  • Mozzie: mosquito
  • Root: sexual intercourse.

Teenage slang
The teenage slang of 2017 has evolved from the use of actual words to the use of abbreviations. Sometimes it can be difficult to decipher teenage slang, principally because the shorthand meanings can be varied. Some of the most commonly used teenage slang words are:

  • PAP- post a picture.
  • Bad- bad means good (as bad as they come).
  • Bae- sweetheart, lover. Sometimes it means Before Anybody Else when used with all uppercase.

So, why do people use slang?
Slang words are typically used by people belonging to a certain group. Because of this, using slang is, above all, a great way of demonstrating your identity. By using terms and words that can only be understood by a specific group, it is also easier to make a connection with like-minded people who know exactly what each word means. Slang is often termed as cool- teenage slang is especially used by the younger generations who rely on it to separate themselves from the older generation.

End of School holidays

Oct 31st 2017

School_Holidays_500x300_2The new school year has started, which puts an end to the stressful school holidays. The summer flew by and as a parent; you may or may not be grateful for the start of a new semester. If you have not already prepared for the end of the school holidays 2017-2018, you need to get started on the lengthy process of getting ready. You need to acquire school supplies, prepare school uniforms if necessary, as well as get the kids mentally prepared. If you are struggling to transition from school holidays 2017-2018 to the new school term dates, here are some tips to help you adjust:

Set a schedule

It is important to set a schedule for waking up and bedtime so that your children can get back into their normal school routine. Ideally, you should start adjusting the children’s schedule at least a week in advance so that they can get used to it by the first day of class. Resetting their sleeping patterns from what they were used to during the holiday will help them settle down in school better. It is also supposed to help with school performance.

Make studying a top priority

Transitioning from the school holidays 2017-2018 can be easier on the children when parents establish well defined academic goals for their kids. Of course, it is important to make these goals with a little input from your child so that you can hold them accountable. The path to achieving academic success is obvious; it must be characterized by regular study sessions, completed assignments and class participation throughout the year.

Meet the teachers

Most schools and principals generally urge parents to make a connection with their children’s teachers. This connection can be made during drop off on the first day of school or during the school’s open house. Most schools also host various back to school events before the end of the school holidays so that parents can acquaint themselves, especially with new teachers. Meeting your children’s teachers is important as it can help you children attain their full potential.

Don’t forget the extracurricular activities

It is essential for you as a parent to encourage your children to participate in extracurricular opportunities and activities that match their interests and preferences. There are many clubs, activities, and programs available in the modern school system to suit every child’s abilities and needs. Although extracurricular activities should be encouraged, parents should help their children with their time management skills so that their academic performance does not decline.

These tips, as well as continued support, should be able to help your child transition easily from the school holidays to the new semester. Until the next school holidays 2018, happy studying!

Update on Ginger Keyboard for Android

Sep 25th 2017

With over 5 million Android users, the Ginger team is constantly trying to improve the users experience with our keyboard.

We have now added within our new Android release an emoji search function as part of the keyboard!

How does it work?

Download Ginger keyboard and tap on the smiley icon:

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See the search button on the top left corner?

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Now search the emotion you are looking for:

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And enjoy the results!

Best,
The Ginger Team