Richard de Meij

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10 words that perfectly describe love that don't exist in the English language

Sometimes, there just isn't a word in the English language that adequately describes the kind of feelings and actions that are brought on by love.<p>But that doesn't mean those words don't exist.<p>Below are 10 words — along with illustrations — that exist in other languages (but not in English) that …

Language

9 Tips for Teaching Emotional Regulation—and Improving Kids’ Behavior as a Result

It’s test day and emotions are running high in the classroom. Joe hasn’t stopped fidgeting all morning. He notices that his teacher is about to pass …

Emotions

Adults Retain Understanding Of Their Birth Language, Even If They Have Never Spoken It

Babies are soaking up knowledge of the language being spoken around them even during the first few months of being born. A new study, published in …

Language Learning
Education

Learning a second language isn’t just good for your brain—it’s good for democracy, too

We live in narrow-minded times, wherein insularity and nationalism are pervasive in public discourse. If you’re among the many people looking for ways to take political action, one of the most effective things you can do is devote yourself to learning a new foreign language.<p>Learning a new language …

Language Learning

World's languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists

Scientists say they have traced the world's 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single "mother tongue," an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.<p>New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human …

The sound of inclusion: Why teachers' words matter

There isn’t just one way to sound like a scientist, or to sound like a scholar. Scientists and scholars come from a wide variety of backgrounds and …

Education

Should High School Students Need A Foreign Language To Graduate?

Tennessee caused a stir earlier this year when it ran an audit of the state's 2015 graduating class. The number crunchers in Nashville reported that nearly a third of students who received a diploma didn't complete the required coursework. One in three.<p>Naturally, parents and politicians alike were …

College & University

You too could be multilingual – it's just about unlocking the skills inside

Think back to when you first started learning a foreign language. For many readers it was probably French, German or Spanish at school.<p>I was one of …

Language

Check out this map to know which country in the world has the highest linguistic diversity.

WE HAVE previously looked at the incredible linguistic diversity of New York City, the inability of many Europeans to hold a conversation in English, …

Linguistics

This wearable Bluetooth device will turn any surface into a keyboard

Why Aren’t Black People Learning Foreign Languages?

When it comes to Americans who can speak a foreign language, black representation in that category is slim. We are less likely to learn a new …

WhatsApp Beta For iOS Reveals Live Location Tracking, Edit And Recall Of Sent Messages

WhatsApp beta for iOS has revealed a string of new features for the popular communication app. In December, some of these features were leaked by …

iOS

How The Brain Processes A Foreign Language

Most of us have tried to learn a foreign language, whether it's Spanish, French, or Italian, as a means of honing our analytical skills, listening …

What Gets Easier When You Study More Languages?

Simple & Effective Speaking Rubric For Class Presentations

Talented student teacher Kevin Inlay created this simple and effective speaking rubric that we used with class presentations in our ELL World History …

Teaching
Education

How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance

• shares<p>There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one language …

Here's a Look at the Questions Betsy DeVos Struggled to Answer

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's education secretary nominee, received criticism from Democrats for appearing unwilling or unprepared to …

Gun Rights

Learn Spanish

"Love your videos! Lots of CI and great storytelling. Very effective! Gracias"<p>~Sarah, SD<p>"My students LOVE your videos! Keep making more …

I'Ve

Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All

We all experience stress at work, no matter the job. But for teachers, the work seems to be getting harder and the stress harder to shake.<p>A new report out this month pulls together some stark numbers on this:<p>Forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress. That's on par with nurses …

Mindfulness

Speaking two languages also benefits low-income children

(Medical Xpress)—Living in poverty is often accompanied by conditions that can negatively influence cognitive development. Is it possible that being …

Being Bilingual Keeps Your Brain Fit

In a café in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more …

Language

The new education reform lie: Denver is a cautionary tale, not a model, for urban school districts

The city has opened 27 new charters in the past five years. At least 40 percent are performing below expectations<p>Scott Gilpin works in advertising, so he’s used to dealing with people in the promotions business. He’s just not used to seeing them operating a local public school.<p>Gilpin lives in …

Education

You can fit this miniature synthesizer in your wallet

The cutest synth you’ve ever seen<p>The Tiny TS, the first standalone synthesizer from Jan Ostman, can do just that. Measuring in at a — as the name suggests — tiny 3.94 x 2.56 inches, it's roughly the size of a credit card.<p>The synth offers audio, CV, and gate outputs, and works well with Ostman's …

Synthesizers

When Finnish Teachers Work in America’s Public Schools

There are more restrictions to professional freedom in the United States, and the educators find the school day overly rigid.<p>“I have been very tired—more tired and confused than I have ever been in my life,” Kristiina Chartouni, a veteran Finnish educator who began teaching American high-school …

How To Learn A Language Faster

In a world that demands rapid learning and massive change, the ability to learn a language faster is an important skill to acquire. Concerning …

Can Afro-Latinos Please Move Beyond The "I'm Black, Too" Rhetoric?

<i>The reason why people don’t understand why you can be both black and Latino at the same time is because the media doesn’t present it that way and we</i> …

The Best Language Learning Tools of Autumn/Winter 2016