Richard de Meij

43 Magazines | 3,900 Articles | 7,892 Followers | 115 Likes | @rdemeij | Multilingual, Dutch National, Speech-Pathologist, Applied Linguist, World Languages Educator, Educational Technologist, Dancer, Founder & Webmaster of www.celebratelanguages.com

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 …

The Brain

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 …

Education

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 …

Learning

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> …

Trauma

The Best Language Learning Tools of Autumn/Winter 2016

Language Learning

How Learning A Foreign Language Enhances Your Brain

Though we have long suspected that learning a foreign language can help to sharpen the mind, a new study has used EEG recordings to show just how …

5 ways learning a second language will make you a better person

<i>This article is part of the new</i> Mic <i>series "Enabling Empathy Through Travel." See the previous post here.</i><p>"Would you like to speak a second …

Language

One in five Americans now speak a language other than English at home - and Arabic is the fasting growing second language

• <b>New Census data shows that nearly 65 million Americans over the age of five speak a language other than English at home</b>• <b><br>Languages that saw largest</b> …

The Grammar Fallacy in Language Learning

Grammar

Watching the brain during language learning

For the first time, researchers have captured images of the brain during the initial hours and days of learning a new language. They use an …

The Brain

8 Things You Might Not Know About Vowels

A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y is not all you need to know about vowels. There's more to these workhorse members of our linguistics inventory than you …

Cool Stuff

Bilinguals are more attractive, say 71% of Americans

<b>(CNN) —</b> Want greater success in your career and your love life, as well as a healthy brain long into old age?<p>The answer could be to learn another language.<p>Or at least that's the case according to a majority of Americans and Britons polled in a new survey by language app Babbel.<p>Apparently, 71% of …

United Kingdom

Proof You Shouldn't Blame Teachers For The Achievement Gap

New research finds that there are effective educators teaching students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.<p>Teachers shouldn’t be held responsible for the big gap in the achievement levels of rich and poor students, new data suggests.<p>By looking at the effectiveness ratings of teachers who work with …

“Learning Apps” Is One Of The Top Educational Websites Of The Year!

Reader Gabrielle Klingelhöfer share the site Learning Apps with me, and I’m sure glad she did!<p>It’s a free site that lets teachers create virtual …

Interpreters say it’s nearly “impossible” to translate Donald Trump’s rhetoric into other languages

The job of language translators and interpreters is never easy, but the task becomes especially dicey in the realm of politics. Differing interpretations of a turn of phrase, after all, have been known to lead to war.<p>The challenge is even greater when the translator is attempting to interpret words …

Rhetoric

One, dos, drei: Why speaking more than one language is good for the brain

Speaking more than one language has many more benefits than just being able to communicate with people the world over. Here is why teaching children to speak more than one language is a brilliant idea.<p>Meeting Catherina might just make you green with envy. At the tender age of 11, Catherina can …

Most adults know more than 42,000 words

How many words do we know? It turns out that even language experts and researchers have a tough time estimating this.<p>Armed with a new list of words …

Vocabulary

New App Makes Wine More Welcoming

A new wine pronunciation app out this month didn’t start anywhere close to a computer. Its local developer, self-described “language junkie” Robert …

Wine & Spirits

The lasting impact of white teachers who mispronounce minority student names

Taking the attendance at the beginning of class may seem a routine if not mundane task to many educators. But to students, their name can be a powerful link to their identity. Pronouncing students names correctly – during attendance, a classroom activity, or any other time of the school day—should …

Majority of Americans Find Bilinguals More Attractive

Another incentive to add a second language to your repertoire.<p>Being bilingual has its benefits while traveling—after all, speaking passable Greek is definitely preferable to Google Translating your way through a three-hour meal full of words rendered from script to suspect ingredient. Being a …

Language

Early bilingual studies will help tomorrow's grads | Editorial

In post-war America, public schools began looking outward in many respects — among them, requiring students to learn a foreign language. For many …

Becoming bilingual is crucial for USD students, Americans - The Volante

In a world that’s becoming more connected every day, it’s now more beneficial to learn another language —even in the English-heavy country of the …

Do we have a ‘preferred style’ of learning?

Many of us have a preference for the way we learn – either by watching an expert or having a go ourselves. Is this the easiest way for us to learn things?<p>When you trying are something new, do you learn more easily from diagrams, from someone telling you how to do it, or by having a go yourself? You …

Learning

Skip the French: Obama's foreign language skills ranked

Public speaking in your native language is hard enough, but imagine doing it in a language you've never spoken.<p>Barack Obama has done just that during his two terms as president, taking a stab at the native languages of many countries he’s visited.<p>Some attempts have gone better than others.<p>To see …

Universities are not ‘trade schools,’ but they should prepare students for the workforce

<i>Universities are grappling with the best way to integrate traditional classroom learning and workforce training in the face of changing economic demands. Employers want graduates with work experience and competencies beyond the credential they’ve earned, as much as they want someone with solid</i> …

Education

Re-setting Your Ears to Recreate Language Learning

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia have joined forces with Isora Solutions to test a new approach to language learning: resetting …

Linguistics

High demand for bilingual schoolteachers has educators crossing U.S.-Mexico border

Mexico City – When 36-year-old Jan García from Monterrey, Mexico, went to study for a bachelor’s degree in education in Minnesota 15 years ago, she quickly realized that her professional future lay in the classroom.<p>Yet her dream of teaching English to elementary school children in Mexico was …

Mexico

Blogfolios: The Glue that Can Hold it All Together in Learning

Digital Portfolios are so much more than a digital versions of a paper portfolio, a folder sent home at the end of the week, semester or year or an …