As we’ve heard from the commercials, all eyes are on Minneapolis. And thousands of ears are here too as visitors have flocked from around the country to see the All-Star Game. While known to have a distinct accent, Minnesotans also have a bit of a native language that may be foreign to our ASG visitors. Thus, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to come up with a list of Minnesota terminology to help ease people in to the Land O’ Lakes.
With more people being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, doctors say it’s critical to identify problems with memory and thinking as soon as possible. Now, a simple test could help, called the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination, or S.A.G.E. test. The four-page test, developed at Ohio State University, was given to people 50 and older, measuring language, reasoning, problem solving and memory. The S.A.G.E. test can be taken at home, the senior center or the doctor’s office in less than 15 minutes.
Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the nation, with an estimated population of 32,000 people. Some young Somalis find they even have a language gap with their own parents who can’t speak English.
Some Minnesota kindergartners are about to complete their first year of school, and they did it all in Chinese. At the start of the school year, WCCO visited the first class of students in the new Mandarin immersion program at Benjamin Mays Magnet in St. Paul.
In many ways, a kindergarten class at Benjamin Mays Magnet Elementary in St. Paul is like any other; they sing songs, learn numbers, and tell stories. The big difference is that the students are learning everything in Mandarin Chinese.
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is weighing in on whether or not the state should make English its “official” language.