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By Leonardo Vannucci | About languages all over the World

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

Akkadian cylinder seal. (Photo: Zunkir [CC BY 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons)<p>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 …

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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 …

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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

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

Why do human beings speak so many languages?

People currently speak 7,000 languages around the globe<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 splintered off to gather in the shade of coconut trees and enjoy a breeze. …

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10 Ways to Earn Extra Money with Foreign Language Skills

It is the dream of language lovers and others of our ilk to forge careers or even just earn extra money with foreign language skills. For some of us, …

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?

From the Amazon to Nicaragua, there are humans who never learn numbers. What can these anumeric cultures teach us about ourselves?<p>Numbers do not …

The Guardian view on computers and language: reproducing bias

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 …

The Pros and Cons of Machine Translation and Human Translation

The Internet is full of software, apps and websites that readily offer all kinds of translations fast and free; we call them machine translators, or …

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 …

My 7 Worst Language Study Habits | Languages Around the Globe

<b>Nobody is perfect…</b> <i><br>Especially</i> not me.<p>If I followed my own language learning advice 100% of the time I’d be a <i>lot</i> further along on my own language …

Choosing between a British and American accent - ESL language...

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 …

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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 library on Thursday with more than 2,000 words and phrases in American Sign Language. To create the GIFs, Giphy cut videos from the popular educational …

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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, …

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How falling in love can help you learn a language

When the writer Lauren Collins set about learning French, she had no idea how it would change her life. Rebecca Laurence takes a look at the benefits and pitfalls of bilingual relationships.<p>Cologne, Germany, 1970: Carol, a sparky red-headed Englishwoman catches the eye of a handsome Tunisian man …

Voices from the past

Vast archives - 'a record of the history of Canada' - are deteriorating, says managing director<p>The CBC has begun work on a massive project to …

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Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar

è morto Tullio De Mauro, il più grande linguista italiano. Cultura in lutto

Aveva 84 anni, ha introdotto in Italia gli studi linguistici. Era stato ministro dell'Istruzione dal 2000 al 2001. Tra le sue opere più importanti la …

The Cookie Effect: How to Learn Languages Faster With Simulated Immersion

I get a lot of emails asking how I learned Japanese in 18 months.<p>Languages are best learned best with live immersion — I do this whenever I can. But …