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Girl (11) who's singing national anthems of 80 countries in 41 languages is performing in Ireland - her 76th country - tomorrow

Capri Everitt (11) from Canada along with her mum Kerrie, dad Tom and brother Bowen is travelling to 80 countries and singing in 41 different …

News (Ireland)

Bilingual People Are Like Brain 'Bodybuilders'

People who speak two languages may have brains that are more efficient at language processing and other tasks, new research suggests.<p>Scientists have …

Life Sciences

The Bilingual Baby Brain - Does It Matter?

by Smart Coos<p>It’s a no-brainer – being multilingual in today’s world gives you a leg up in many ways. It opens up entire worlds that are closed off …

Babies

Languages: centuries of colonialism have made us lazy

With the EU referendum only a month away, Europe is the hottest topic for debate in media and social circles.<p>Don’t worry though, I am not about to start pontificating and debating the whys and wherefores of being in or out. Instead, I’m going to focus on one key issue that has been lost in the …

Language

Career Benefits Of Learning A Foreign Language

We stay in a fast-paced, hyper-connected world, and things are not going to change anytime soon. So, you need to be different or have some special …

Employment

Are Your Students Doing Enough Pair and Group Work? Here Are 4 Fantastic Activities for the Language Classroom

<b>Thirty students. One teacher. Sixty minutes.</b><p>Yikes. It’s a daunting task, but don’t be intimated. Instead use those numbers to your advantage!<p>Whether …

Teaching

Speaking Dialects Trains The Brain In The Same Way As Bilingualism

There has been a lot of research to back up the idea that people who use two or more languages everyday experience significant advantages. The brain …

The Brain

Useful Language Learning Techniques - Conversation Exchange

Is "One Word a Day" a Strategy For Learning Languages?

Why There's No 'Right' Way To Speak English

Jenny Suomela grew up in Sweden, but began learning English in school as a young child. She currently lives in the United States, and is married to a …

Linguistics

The Internet’s Naughtiest Slang Dictionary

Jonathon Green is about to launch an extensive online slang dictionary, documenting the most clever and bawdy euphemisms in the English language.<p>“Clatterdevengeance” is Jonathon Green’s favorite slang word, and he is in a position to have one.<p>Green, known on Twitter as Mister Slang, is the world’s …

Vocabulary

Talk of Spanish as an Official ‘Second Language’ Has Jamaicans Asking, What About Patois?

Some Patois phrases being proudly displayed on a bus in Jamaica. Photo by Jason Gullifer, used under a CC BY-NC 2.0 license.What is Jamaica’s true …

Language

Learning A Foreign Language Isn’t All About Discipline And Dedication — Genetics Play A Role As Well

A new study has identified genetic factors that play a role in how easy it is for an individual to learn a second language.

The Best Way to Teach Languages with Sights, Sounds, Smells and Other Sensations

You smell a flower or hear a song, and all the memories come flooding back.<p>You remember everything as if it happened just yesterday.<p>Do you want your …

Education

New Report on Economic Advantages of Multilingualism

“we cannot allow a lack of language proficiency to leave American workers at a competitive disadvantage” In a new economic analysis, CRP/PDC …

Linguistics

Learning Mandarin is really, really hard — even for many Chinese people

Mandarin Chinese is a notoriously difficult language to learn — a labyrinth of semantic tones, elaborate characters and obscure idiomatic phrases. And in China, a land of infinite linguistic diversity, the government has spent decades struggling to unify the country under that one language, not …

Linguistics

Irving ISD’s first graduating class of dual language students ready to take on the world -- in English and Spanish

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Language

7 Ways Learning a Foreign Language can Improve Your Life

Learning a foreign language can enhance your life in so many ways. It can help improve things like health, job opportunities, relationships and …

Isaac Newton Once Tried To Invent His Own Language

The great 17th century physicist Isaac Newton is known for many things. There’s his laws of motion and theory of gravity. Plus, the dude invented …

The Benefits of Writing by Hand Versus Typing

The debate over hand writing important notes versus typing themis one we’ve hit on before, but this graphic lays out all of the data clearly, and …

Typing

All about Japanese Katakana | Japanese Language Blog

Posted on 28. May, 2016 by keiko in Culture, Grammar<p>As you might already know, Japanese has 3 main writing styles, Hiragana(ひらがな、平仮名), …

This helpful tool makes Netflix an easy way to learn a new language

Netflix can be a great tool for learning a new language, as can watching foreign movies and TV shows in general. Comparing the subtitles and the audio can help supersize your vocabulary.<p>But it's not a perfect system. Let's say you're an English speaker trying to learn Spanish. You can watch a …

Netflix

In parts of Europe, speaking six languages is no big thing

In this World in Words podcast we hear just how effortless it can be to be multilingual in a certain corner of Europe. And we try to answer the question, Who owns Klingon?<p>Gaston Dorren grew up speaking two languages: Limburgish at home, Dutch at school. He later fell in love in German, and traveled …