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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 …

Language Learning

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?

One change in US education could dramatically improve America’s relationship with the world

There are plenty of reasons why Americans should be learning a second language—and almost as many reasons why they’re not.<p>About 60 million Americans speak a language other than English at home, according to the 2015 U.S. census—almost the size of the UK’s entire population. But the same nation that …

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 …

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 …

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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

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> …

Racism

The Best Language Learning Tools of Autumn/Winter 2016

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 …

Polyglot USA: One in five Americans now speak a language other than English at home - and Arabic is the fastest growing language

• <b>New Census data shows that nearly 65million 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

Watching the brain during language learning: Language scientist observe how new grammar integrates in the brain

Language scientist observe how new grammar integrates in the brain<p>For the first time, researchers have captured images of the brain during the …

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 …

Linguistics

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 …

Language Learning

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 …

Donald Trump

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 …

Language

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 …

Language

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

Linguistics

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 …

Language

Duolingo Now Lets You Learn Languages by Chatting With Bots

Say hi to your artificially intelligent language tutors<p>With its impressive variety of lessons and tests, Duolingo has long been a great app for …