Language's Mermaids

By Leonardo Vannucci | About languages all over the World

The huge benefits of working in your second language

Working in another language can be awkward and challenging, but it has a surprising number of positive side effects.<p>I recently spent four months working at the BBC in London, and English always sounded far smarter in my head than when it came out of my mouth. I often forgot words, made grammatical …

Language barrier: British ‘linguaphobia’ has deepened since Brexit vote, experts say

Britain faces further isolation after Brexit if it doesn’t adjust its citizens’ attitude towards learning foreign languages, a panel of experts has …

22% Of Icelandic Children Show Difficulties In Reading Their Own Language

The richness of Icelandic children’s lexicon, as well as their levels of comprehension of their own language, has been dangerously decreasing during …

The world has a brand-new language, and it’s a win for nationalists

Linguistic nationalism just scored a victory. Montenegrins are excited that their national language, Montenegrin, has been added to the list of language codes recognized by the International Organization for Standardization, identifying it as a separate language from Serbian.<p>Is it actually a …

Montenegro

Per imparare una lingua straniera è meglio andare in palestra

Uno studio sostiene che l’attività fisica può migliorarne l’apprendimento. Il movimento, infatti, offre benefici sia alla memoria che alla …

Mothers Across Languages Use Similar Tones With Babies

A new study shows that mothers change the timbre of their voices when speaking to babies, no matter what language they speak. The study came out of …

Research

World’s Oldest Written Language Has Its Own Dictionary Available Online for Free

Looking to pick up a second language? If you really want to impress your friends, consider Akkadian, the now extinct language of Mesopotamia. And to help you, the University of Chicago has recently made its 21-volume Akkadian dictionary available with a free download online.<p>All jokes aside, …

Language

How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language

Learning a second language as an adult is difficult. But the process may be eased if you exercise while learning.<p>A new study reports that working out during a language class amplifies people’s ability to memorize, retain and understand new vocabulary. The findings provide more evidence that to …

Is Learning A New Language Still Beneficial?

With English becoming a universal language all over the world, does learning a new language still give one’s career a boost in terms of job …

Language Learning

Extroverts quicker at picking up a new language than introverts | more lifestyle

Extroverts learning a new language may be better at speaking and reading, but introverts are better listeners, scientists have found.<p>Researchers …

Language Learning

Why do human beings speak so many languages?

<b>(pogonici, via Shutterstock)</b><p>People currently speak 7,000 languages around the globe<p>Michael Gavin<p>July 23, 2017 3:59pm (UTC)<p>The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups …

Indigenous Peoples

Your Brain Remembers Languages You Think You Forgot

New evidence suggests that the earliest traces of a language can stay with us into adulthood, even if we no longer speak or understand the language …

Language Learning

All talk: Cormac McCarthy on language

Santa Fe has its own form of celebrity culture, in which iconoclastic literary maestro Cormac McCarthy is welcomed as a respected scientific mind by …

'Anumeric' People: What Happens When a Language Has No Words for Numbers?

Numbers do not exist in all cultures. There are numberless hunter-gatherers embedded deep in Amazonia, living along branches of the world’s largest …

The Guardian view on computers and language: reproducing bias | Editorial

The English language is full of value judgments. These are taken over by the computer algorithms that use it. What can we do about these unconscious biases?<p>“Reason is and ought only to be the slave of the passions,” wrote David Hume. Language, our instrument of reason, is saturated with value …

Why the baby brain can learn two languages at the same time

Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult and confusing it can be. So when a three-year-old growing up in a …

Language barriers can have a negative impact on global business

How many times have you walked up to someone to ask a question only to get an answer in a language you don’t understand?<p>If you’re living in Southern …

Isole linguistiche: un patrimonio da salvaguardare

E' interessante il video che potete vedere qui riguardo Faeto, paese pugliese in cui si parla il franco-provenzale che origina dall'invasione …

Choosing between a British and American accent - ESL language studies abroad

Every learner of English faces the decision at some point: do I want an American accent or a British accent? Hollywood glamour or London …

5 Hacks to Learn Languages by Reading Literature

Nothing is better than a great book. And, if it is a foreign book? Even better! You can learn a lot from reading books in your target language. You …

La giornata di presentazione di English Through Craft

Inglese, manualità, divertimento e apprendimento<br>durante la giornata di presentazione di <i>English Through Craft</i><p>Sabato scorso, 11 Marzo, un gruppo di …

English Through Craft - Centro Linguistico Agorà

<i>Un corso di inglese per bambini in 5 lezioni basato su divertenti attività manuali</i><p>A partire dalla mattina di Sabato 18 Marzo e per 5</b> …

Giphy launches library of more than 2,000 GIFs to teach you sign language

GIFs can do more than add a sassy quip to the end of your tweet. Now, they can even help you learn a new language.<p>Giphy released an extensive GIF …

How young children learn English as another language

<i>By Opal Dunn, educational consultant and author</i><p>Introduction<p>Young children are natural language acquirers; they are self-motivated to pick up language …

Four Things That Happen When a Language Dies

Languages around the world are dying, and dying fast. Today is International Mother Language Day, started by UNESCO to promote the world's linguistic …

‘February’ in European languages

<b>Tip:</b> See my list of the Most Common Mistakes in English. It will teach you how to avoid mis­takes with com­mas, pre­pos­i­tions, ir­reg­u­lar verbs, …