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How to Compost at Home

The idea of composting may seem a bit intimidating, especially for those living in smaller spaces in urban environments. But the good news is that anyone can learn how to compost at home, regardless of your living situation. In a few cities, such as San Francisco and Seattle, you may already be …

Real Estate

Estate Bungalow, Matugama, Sri Lanka

Estate Bungalow - Mathugama, Sri Lanka The bungalow sits almost on top of the raised terrain of the 17 ha estate, where the rubber plantation stops …

The Punctuation Guide Teaches You to Communicate More Clearly

Proper punctuation is key to written communication, but it can be difficult to master. The Punctuation Guide is a webapp that teaches you to use …

Web Applications

Language-learning app Duolingo introduces program for classrooms

Duolingo, an app that turns the language-learning experience into a game and uses the data generated to improve itself, is headed to the classroom. …

5 cheap ways to learn a language in 2018

Resolving to learn a new language could not only help your career and make travel easier, studies also suggest that it can help delay dementia.<p>In …

Primary school language lessons not translating to secondaries

Sitting in a circle are 25 five-year-olds. It's song time at Springfield lower school near Bedford, and the familiar tune of London's Burning rings out across the classroom. "<i>Londra bruccia, Londra bruccia. I pompieri, i pompieri. Fuoco! Fuoco! Fuoco! Fuoco! Butti l'acqua, butti l'acqua</i>."<p>"I can …

Duolingo creator: 'I wanted to create a way to learn languages for free'

Luis von Ahn is a man of many titles: computer science professor, entrepreneur, crowdsourcing pioneer to name but a few. He sold two companies to Google while still in his 20s and his latest creation, Duolingo, is well on the way to revolutionising language learning across the world.<p>"What I wanted …

Online English course attracts 100,000 students

<b>More than 100,000 people have signed up for a single online course providing English language lessons.</b><p>It is the British Council's first experiment with so-called Moocs, or massive open online courses, which deliver tuition free of charge.<p>Spain, Burma and Russia are among the countries with the …

Bilingual nurseries can make children more creative, tolerant and better at solving problems

Bilingual nurseries in the UK are helping children to form a foundation to become fluent in multiple languages, with languages such as Welsh, Irish, …

How Hard Could It Be To Learn A New Language After 50?

This article was originally published on Better After 50.<p>Last week I took my first Spanish lesson. Apparently, I am as qualified today as I was at my last language lesson almost 40 years ago. Surely, when I travel to Costa Rica this winter, I'll be able to dazzle the kids with my ability to …

Parents want elementary pupils to learn foreign languages -- but where?

<b>My 2-year-old son’s</b> first language is Spanglish. He likes ice in his agua, the color azul, and las vacas, or cows. “Baby vacas,” especially. Lately, his favorite song is “Señora Vaca,” a little ditty that gives thanks to the mother cow for all the tasty dairy products she provides.<p>“Sing it!” he …

Learning a language – 10 things you need to know

Thinking about learning a foreign language? From ignoring your age to avoiding the F-word, our multilingual experts share their tips

How to survive the worst moments of learning a language

Learning a language makes an appearance on a lot of bucket lists. People picture themselves strolling through a market in a foreign land, conversing easily with locals – and you always look tanned in the daydream, too. But on the way to becoming the fluent and unaccountably sexier new you, there …

How a ‘Dreaded Grammar Test’ Became a Pioneering Model for Bilingual Students

Every now and then I receive a call from a dean or chair of a journalism or communication program. They lament deficiencies in their students’ …

What speaking two languages does to the brain

There is increasing evidence that bilingualism can affect how the brain works. Older, lifelong bilinguals have demonstrated better cognitive skills …

A bilingual brain is prepped for more than a second language

<i>Laura Sanders is away on maternity leave. This week’s</i> Growth Curve <i>post is from freelance science and medical writer Lisa Seachrist Chiu, author of</i> …

Language Learning

EdCentral

'Children should start learning languages at age three'

Our European neighbours shame us by their ability to converse in English. The Government would like that to be a thing of the past. So would Catherine Ford<p>For years it was thought that teaching foreign languages to children as young as three was futile. Research findings indicate quite the opposite.<p>…

Language Learning

Confusing ‘jam’ for ‘condom’ and nine other mistakes while learning French

Getting led astray by false friends<p>“Un préservatif” is a condom. Not jam. Don’t try and buy some to take home for your gran. This word is similar in a lot of Romance languages: preservativo (Spanish), preservativo (Italian), preservativo (Portuguese), prezervativ (Romanian).<p><i>Lindsay Dow,</i> <i>Lindsay Does</i> …

Writing English as a Second Language

By William Zinsser<p>December 1, 2009<p><i>A talk to the incoming international students at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, August 11, 2009</i><p>Five …

A multilingual keypad for 11 Indian languages

<b>Text, Facebook, Tweet and send emails through Swalekh app which is available on Google Play</b><p>Now, tweet in Telugu, upload a status update in Tamil, or …

Learning in your mother tongue first is key to success at school

Why is mother tongue-based multilingual education important? It’s a question I’ve been asked often over the past five years in my role as the …

Things You Need to Know About Learning a Foreign Language

If you don’t speak the local language of your new home, try to learn. You will have ups and downs. Count on it. When I was learning Spanish, I replied “My cat is dead,” to what I later realized was an inquiry about what I wanted for dinner.

Language

Linguistic experts explain the best ways to learn a second language in the information age

If you didn’t study any foreign languages in school, picking one up as an adult can be challenging, since the human brain is best-equipped to absorb …

Homophonic Translations Are Multilingual Games Of Telephone

Homophonic translations are a multilingual version of the parlor game in which each person whispers a phrase to the next, with the meaning getting …