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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 …

Posters

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> …

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

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 …

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

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 …

Language

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 …

The Brain

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

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 …

Education

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 …

Language

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 …

Learning

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 …

Parents should read aloud to infants every day, pediatricians say

This story was originally published on CNN.com in 2014.<p>(CNN)It's hard to keep up with so many statistics about modern parenting, but here's one that floored me when I heard it a few years ago: By 4, children living in poverty hear 30 million fewer words than children in higher income households, …

Parenting

Duolingo's new crew of AI tutors will help you learn languages

The new chatbots rely on artificial intelligence and get smarter the longer you use them<p>Duolingo, the popular free language-learning platform, launched three language "tutors" in its iOS app today, marketing the AI-powered chatbots as a way of helping users learn a new language without having to …

Language

20 Words You've Been Butchering for Years

A Harvard linguist offers a monster list of commonly misused words.<p>Some languages, like French, have an official body that decides how words can and cannot be used. English, as a flexible, global language, has no such designated referee. Therefore, there is no definitive answer to whether you're …

Etymology

Nose, Nase, Nez: Shared Sounds and Meaning Link World Languages

In English we say "nose", the French say "nez" and Germans pronounce it "nase." The words that different cultures use to describe the same objects or …

Linguistics

Do We Need Language to Think?

Glenn Stok has a Master of Science degree in Computers and enjoys discussing deep-thinking thoughts on science, nature, and the universe.<p>Joined: 7 …

The Brain