Richard de Meij

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Speaking More Than One Language Helps Stroke Recovery

Learning a new language is great for your brain.

There are ways to reduce your risk of having a stroke — for example, you can exercise more and not smoke. But should a stroke occur, you might also be able to reduce your risk of losing brain function if you are a speaker of more than one language.

In …

The Brain

The psychology of learning a language

Its name is Heschl’s gyrus and it's found in the area of the primary auditory cortex, that's the cortical structure in charge of processing incoming …


Afrikaans is no longer the language of the oppressor

The 1994 Consensus, and the vision that Nelson Mandela had for South Africa, was about embracing diversity and building diverse institutions. We …


Want to work in tech? You have to speak the language

In recent years, tech-adjacent roles are seeing unprecedented growth. As the tech industry grows, jobs in support, customer services and more are all …


I Learned to Speak Four Languages in a Few Years: Here's How

Lifehacker reader Gabriel Wyner was tasked with learning four languages in the past few years for his career as an opera singer, and in the process


How to Learn a Song in a Language You Don’t Know (And Why It’s the Best Thing You Can Do) - Fluent in 3 months - Language Hacking and Travel Tips

I love meeting new people, but I am the worst at remembering names.

I don’t even know the name of my next door neighbour even though I see him every …

Language Learning

Meet Premium 2.0 – Here’s Why It’s Your Best Guide to Language Learning

For a long time now, I’ve been working behind the scenes on doing a serious revamp of my flagship product, Fluent in 3 Months Premium. And I’m …

Language Learning

How to say ‘thank you’ in 28 languages

Thanksgiving may often be seen as a thoroughly American affair, but variations of this celebration exist in other parts of the world as well. So, to …

Sweet Potatoes

7 Free webinars that will boost your edtech skills

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Professional Development doesn’t have to mean sitting in a room with other teachers from your school and listening to whatever the …


10 Educational Tools Every Teacher Should Know About

To teach in the age of technology, you need a mixed approach with plenty of room for flexibility and change. People learn in different ways, and we …


Who are you and why should I follow you back on Twitter?

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Who are you?

Choosing who to follow

My positive engagement with Twitter has a direct correlation with those I am following. …


Idea Launches A Helpline To Facilitate Day-to-day Conversations In 16 Different Languages

Idea launches a Helpline to facilitate day-to-day conversations in 16 different Languages

-Now, mobile users across the country can Break the Language …


The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education

What is a hashtag?

A word or phrase preceded by a “#.”

How do hashtags work?

Twitter can be a busy place with lots of tweets–and thus lots of “noise.”

A …

Social Media

The Teacher's Guide To Twitter

Twitter has proven itself to be an indispensable tool for educators around the globe. Whatever skill level you may be, Twitter is downright fun and …


Listen Up! 5 Reasons Why Listening Is Insanely Important for Language Learning

When a native speaker starts talking in your target language, does it sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher blabbing?

Blah, blah, blah.

Do you struggle to …

These incredibly romantic words really need English equivalents

There are some feelings that can’t be expressed through words.

Except wait. They can. Just not in English, because our language is often pretty …

History Class and the Fictions About Race in America

High-school textbooks too often gloss over the American government’s oppression of racial minorities.

Earlier this month, McGraw Hill found itself at the center of some rather embarrassing press after a photo showing a page from one of its high-school world-geography textbooks was disseminated on …

Social Studies

8 Languages That Are Almost Dead

1. Ts'ixa

Ts'ixa is closely related to the Shua language which is spoken throughout central Botswana, however, it is believed that only one village …

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 5 of The Best Educational Websites for Learning A New Language

October 15, 2015
language learning has never been this easy especially with the proliferation of web technologies and mobile apps that enable learners …

The Need for More Professors of Color

While colleges often focus on increasing the diversity of their student body, educators say that same emphasis is necessary for hiring professors.

In the 1990s, many institutions made a concerted effort to hire more black faculty members. The universities were propelled by a number of civil-rights …


Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: New- Book Creator Released A Wonderful Feature for Creating Comic eBooks for Your Class

October 14, 2015
The popular app Book Creator has recently released its latest update called Book Creator 4.0 which comes with amazing functionality …

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 20+ Educational Tools and Apps That Support 21st Century Learning

October 8, 2015
Technology has radically transformed the notion of education to the extent that a label such as 21st century learning is a …

Infographic: The Countries With The Most Spoken Languages

Humans are thought to speak more than 7,000 languages across the globe. Asia has the most of them, 2301, followed by Africa with 2,138. There are …


6 Wearable Technologies Most Helpful In The Classroom

Take a quick look at the world around us; the TVs are slimmer than ever before, the mobile phones have gone smarter and tablets are here to replace …

Education Technology

Hacking Education Audiobook | Mark Barnes, Jennifer Gonzalez

Want to solve your biggest problems tomorrow? You have problems, but you don't have time for a five-year plan. You're tired of philosophy, research, …

Parent-Teacher Conferences ... or Collaborative Conversations?

Photo credit: Bart Everson via flickr (CC BY 2.0)John McCarthyParent PartnershipFor productive parent-teacher conferences, teachers can team up with …


Life of an Educator: 10 questions every educator should be asking...

I firmly believe in self-reflection as a means toward growth and development. As such, we all would benefit from an intense session of …

Blooms Taxonomy with some awesome verbs. - e-Learning Feeds

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Headache tablets?

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15 Things Every Teacher Should Try this Year