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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 …

Language learning boosts brain plasticity and ability to code new information

By studying brain electrical activity of volunteers, researchers found that language acquisition enhances brain plasticity and capacity for learning. …

The Brain

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

The odd language rule English speakers know — but don't know we know

It is a lovely warm August day outside, and I am wearing a green loose top.<p>Does the second part of that sentence sound strange to you? Perhaps you think I should have written “loose green top.”<p>You’re not wrong (though not entirely right, because descriptivist linguistics): An intuitive code governs …

Linguistics

Why being bilingual helps keep your brain fit

Psychology

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

The amazing benefits of being bilingual

Most people in the world speak more than one language, suggesting the human brain evolved to work in multiple tongues. If so, asks Gaia Vince, are those of us who speak only one language missing out?<p>In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words …

The Brain

If language tells us who we are, then who am I?

My father says language tells us not just who we are but where we are.<p>He is a wise man, it is wisdom that comes from the certainty of being. He is a Wiradjuri man: born and raised on his country, the country on which he lives still.<p>I have never known my father to have a crisis of identity. To him, …

Language

Multilinguals Experience Personality Change When Using Different Languages

This article look at the life of a multilingual individual, and asks how personalities change depending on the language that we speak.<p>How does our …

Teachers Union Pushes the Bilingual Education Teachers Hate

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER<p>Democrat Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) is leading the charge for the California Teachers Association (CTA) union in …

Stanford linguistics professor John Rickford on the legacy of Ebonics

As students settle in for the new school year, perhaps changing to different schools in this era of charters and magnets, a Stanford University linguistics professor has found that for some African American kids, a new ZIP Code may also change the way they speak. Using data from a long-range …

Linguistics

You May Not Know as Many Words as You Think You Do

(Newser) – You don't have to be a lexicographer to have a pretty ample lexicon—but your word knowledge still may not be as ample as you think. At …

Linguistics

Chinese, Arabic to Be Part of 38 Bilingual Programs Available for NYC Schools

Language changes are coming to New York City schools.<p>Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced on Monday that 38 new bilingual programs will be …

Learning and leading in multiple languages: NYC expands bilingual programs (commentary)

By Carmen Farina, NYC Schools ChancellorLike many New Yorkers, I grew up speaking Spanish at home (and a bit of Galician!) and English at school. My …

New York City

How English gave birth to surprising new languages

English has morphed into several other languages all over the world. James Harbeck looks at the origins and possible future of these strange descendants.<p>Languages are ever changing, mixing and mutating, and sometimes they give birth to new ones. Sanskrit gave birth to Hindi and others; Latin is …

Linguistics

Foreign language influences in English

While many words enter English as slang, not all do. Some words are adopted from other languages; some are mixtures of existing words (portmanteau …

10 Myths And Misconceptions About World Languages

General Knowledge<p>April 29, 2015<p>Many people spend years learning foreign languages, a process that is difficult but ultimately rewarding. Yet, there …

Linguistics

The Benefits of Teaching in Two Languages

Bilingual education facilitates connections beyond the confines of a classroom.<p><i>Lea este artículo en español.</i><p>From New York to Utah, U.S. schools have seen a steady rise in bilingual education. Dual-language immersion programs first appeared in the U.S. in the 1960s to serve Spanish-speaking students …

Education

The New Bilingualism

The number of dual-language programs in American high schools is on the rise.<p>Graduates in white and purple robes exited the auditorium, their newly turned tassels bouncing as they sang and danced to a recording of the popular Latin salsa tune, “Vivir Mi Vida.”<p>They had just graduated from the …

Education

German language in the United States

Over 50 million Americans claim German ancestry, which makes them the largest single ethnic group in the United States. Around 1.38 million people in …

Here's what it really means to 'speak American'

If you’re in America, you speak American, so says former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Palin appeared on CNN …

How having the TV on can stop your child from learning to talk: Noisy houses hinder toddlers picking up new words

• <b>Toddlers struggle to learn new words when there is noise in background</b>• <b><br>Noisy homes and classrooms could affect children't mental development</b>• <b><br>Past</b> …

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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

The Wisconsin Town That Didn't Learn English for Five Generations

<i>19th-century map courtesy of Deb Gunther</i><p>In 1837 an Irishman from New York named John Hustis bought a plot of land 50 miles north of Madison, …

Cool

Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more emphatic gesticulations and they occasionally break off into loud guffaws. They are discussing a woman, that much is clear, but the details are lost on …

The Brain

Blind adults’ gestures resemble those of other native speakers

“Adult speakers who are blind from birth also gesture when they talk, and these gestures resemble the gestures of sighted adults speaking the same …

When Dutch Was Spoken On The Roads Of Flatbush

It is hard to imagine the lengthy period of time when Flatbush was a village, surrounded by woods and farms, linked to the larger settlement of …

Netherlands

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 …