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Even as an adult, learning a second language changes your brain

Conventional wisdom suggests it may well be easier to learn a second language as a child than as an adult. But for adults who do take the linguistic leap, what sort of factors influence how well they acquire another tongue?<p>In a new study published this week by the Proceedings of the National …

Language Learning

In Which We Get to the Bottom of Some Crazy-Ass Language

Let’s face it, there is no depth to which linguists will not sink in their hunt for the oddities of language. And that includes getting to the bottom …

5 Habits That Keep You From Making The Most Of Your Time

You're reading 5 Habits That Keep You From Making The Most Of Your Time, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If …

Success

Speed Up Chrome By Changing These 8 Flags

Chrome might be the most popular Internet browser in the world, but it also comes in for a fair amount of criticism. One such criticism is that the …

Four Mental Habits Of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs tend to see circumstances as being within their control and have a high tolerance for ambiguity.<p>Every entrepreneur faces challenges, but only some do so successfully–and there’s no shortage of theories as to why. Some experts point to others to “mental toughness.” However you choose …

The history of English can be explained in five words

In 1582, Richard Mulcaster, headmaster of the Merchant Tailors’ school, wrote that “our English tung is of small reatch, it stretcheth no further than this Iland of ours.” It didn’t stay that way. Today, English is spoken by more than a billion people all over the world.<p>It is a colorful, vibrant, …

Language

Eight words that reveal the sexism at the heart of the English language

Linguists call it collocation: the likelihood of two words occurring together. If I say “pop”, your mental rolodex will begin whirring away, coming up with candidates for what might follow. “Music”, “song” or “star”, are highly likely. “Sensation” or “diva” a little less so. “Snorkel” very unlikely …

Linguistics

The best free online business courses starting in February

<i>This post from LinkedIn Influencer John A. Byrne appeared originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>It's easy to start something - but not so easy to sustain it.<p>That's the first lesson every entrepreneur learns. Early success may be a blessing, but it comes with gut-wrenching risks and tradeoffs.<p>If you need to add …

7 Tips to Build a Business While Working a Day Job

Many people dream of leaving their nine-to-five jobs to start their own businesses. Many successful entrepreneurs had to keep their day jobs until …

Are Cosmologists Fooling Themselves About The Big Bang, Dark Matter And More?

Richard Feynman once said of the scientific process, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.” The idea that scientists might be fooling themselves (whether out of ignorance or in order to preserve their jobs) is a common accusation made by …

Dark Matter

Philosophers want to know why physicists believe theories they can’t prove

It’s often assumed that physics and philosophy are at opposite ends of the academic spectrum. In fact, they’re close—so close that they can overlap, with professors sometimes switching between the two fields as they work to advance our understanding of highly abstract subjects in theoretical …

Physics

The 51 most commonly misused words and phrases - do you get these wrong?

A linguist has pointed out the most common mistakes we make while using the English language<p>It's surprising how many mistakes people make when they use the English language.<p>A linguist from Harvard University is here to help - he has created a list of the words we misuse the most.<p>In his latest book, …

Linguistics

The myth of the eternal war between science and religion

For the last several years, starting long before I was appointed auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I've been posting short commentaries on YouTube. I've covered movies, music, books, cultural trends and more. But I've given special attention to New Atheism, a social and political …

Religion

How to Live Your Best Life, According to a Roman Emperor

Marcus Aurelius has been read for 1800 or so years now and he’s arguably just as relevant today as he was when he was ruler of the Roman …

Differences Between American and British English

Door sneck.<p><b>Differences Between American and British English</b><p>Kenneth Beare,<p>While there are certainly many more varieties of English, American English …

Study: A fascinating aspect of language looks to be biologically hardwired in our brains

Does the Turkish word <i>küçük</i> (pronounced coo-chook) mean “big” or “small”? If you guessed the latter without knowing the language, you’re right—and there may be a cognitive explanation for your instinct.<p>In a study published in Cognition earlier this year, researchers tested people’s ability to guess …

The Brain

7 Questions to a Linguist: Steven Pinker Doesn’t Speak Motherese

In the latest entry of <b>7 Questions to a Linguist</b>, ALTA Language Services caught up with psycholinguistics wunderkind Dr. Steven Pinker. The Harvard …

Linguistics

10 Habits That Can Unlock Your Inner Awesomeness | Inc.com

<i>What habits have changed people’s lives? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.</i><p><b>Answer by Nelson Wang, founder of www.CEOLifestyle.io, on Quora:</b><p>When I was 17, I was fired from my job as a tuxedo salesperson for missing a rotation. I was devastated. Guess what? I bounced back. …

Motivation

This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself.<p>Its creators have solved one of the internet’s fundamental problems: How …

Humanities

A complete guide to designing your morning routine to double your productivity

On average, each of us wake up to 25,000 mornings in our adult life, which means we have 25,000 days to maximize how we spend it.<p><b>Your morning defines the rest of your day.</b><p>If you can optimize your morning routines, you’ve set yourself up to have a productive day ahead of you.<p>The good news is, we all …

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …

20 linguistics blogs that I recommend following

Looking for more linguistics blogs to follow? Here are some of my favourites.<p>General:<p>Language Log (the best-known linguistics blog; multi-authored, …

Harvard linguist points out the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases

Francisco Osorio/Flickr<p>Whether you're trying to sound sophisticated or simply repeating what you've heard, word fails are all too common and can make …

Linguistics

These 10 work apps have gone bonkers in the last few months

Cloud security company Okta works with 4,000 of them, helping big companies manage employee passwords for them.<p>By analyzing the data from its 2,500 enterprise customers in 185 countries, it discovered the 10 apps that are growing the fastest among business users last quarter, from April 2015 to …

Apps

Verb Mistakes #10: Dropping the Past Participle Ending

These errors are not particularly noticeable in spoken colloquial English, but they jump out in formal written English. Some of these forms have …

Salvation Army

What English Sounds Like to Non-English Speakers

<b>by Jenny Morrill</b><p><i>Skwerl</i>, a short film by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston, attempts to show the English language through the ears of non-English …

New York City

What You Didn't Know About the Act of Reading Books

Finding time to read has never been an issue for me. I read different books at different levels — you don’t put the same effort into Harry Potter as …

Common Grammar Mistakes That Could Affect Your Career

<b>Grammar is an integral</b> part of every language, and it is also one of the key factors people look at when determining your language proficiency.<p><b>In an</b> …

Say "No" to These 10 Things to Increase Your Success

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” – <i>Warren …