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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 …

World News

Johnson: What is a foreign language worth?

JOHNSON is a fan of the Freakonomics books and columns. But this week’s podcast makes me wonder if the team of Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt …

Language

Student Creates Language Learning Tool

Anand Shankar learned to speak German in kindergarten. In middle school, he began to study French. When he started high school at North Shore Country …

Language Learning

Will the Business World Ever Shed Its Foreign Accent Bias?

Before the arrival of the Spanish, the ancient Mexican people of the Totonacs added wheels to their children’s toy animals, but for some reason, they …

Content Marketing

Funny Linguistic Misunderstandings to Make You Laugh

We’ve all had unfortunate or unexpected adventures during our vacations in other countries. Sometimes these can be very amusing. We’ve been …

Chinese Food

Can coding count as a foreign language?

Spanish, French, Mandarin — and Java? As the debate to consider counting coding as a foreign language grows louder, members of the Penn community …

Student Journalism

The key to learning a new skill? Wanting it badly enough

Imagine I gave you a book full of words, numbers and strange symbols – 150-odd pages of the stuff. Some of the things relate to each other in obvious ways, others not so much. Now suppose I’m going to test you: 50 questions about the contents of that book, how do you think you’d do?<p>Well, if you can …

Learning

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How to identify any language at a glance

Thanks to globalization, it's very likely that at some point you've found yourself faced with a line of text written in a language you couldn't quite …

Language

How did the French end up with their 'crazy' numbers?

Any non-native French person learning the language will agree that one of the trickiest things to get to grips with is the number system.<p>It might be …

European News

Yes, French Is Still An Important Language [INFOGRAPHIC]

For those of us who grew up in places with practically no French speakers, it’s easy to think that the importance of the French language waned with …

Language

The only word this French teacher knows is ‘bonjour’

A Texas high school teacher who teaches French could have to bid adieu to his job — because he doesn’t know how to speak the language. Albert Moyer …

Education

French is the world's 'second favourite language to learn'

Users of language app Duolingo are most likely to use it to learn French (after English of course).

Language

Does A Foreign Accent Mess Up Our Memory Of What's Said?

Sometimes I look at my husband and think, "I really don't remember what you just said." Is that because of his charming European accent, or because hey, we're married?<p>Don't leap to blame the accent, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis say. They are trying to figure out how the brain …

The Brain

The limits of language

The best class I took in college was on the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Until that point, I had avoided philosophy of language as simply being …

Western Philosophy

'We need to make more of our children multilingual'

Only by teaching languages from an early age are we going to shake off the tag of being Europe’s laziest linguists, writes former head Peter Tait<p><i>"You can never understand one language until you understand at least two" Geoffrey Willans</i><p>In 2012, the Minister of Education announced that from September …

Education

U.S. falls behind in foreign languages

Americans are not, in general, proficient in foreign languages. That situation, according to experts, is not good for the nation, not good for …

Language

Why You Should Consider Bilingual Education

Across the country, more and more schools are implementing dual-language programs, in which students attend an equal number of classes in English and in another language, such as Spanish, Portuguese or Mandarin. Half of the school districts in Utah -- by far the most progressive state when it comes …

Bilingual babies are smarter

Researchers have found that babies raised in bilingual households show brain activity linked to executive functioning as early as when they are 11 …

Babies

These Students Built A Glove That Translates Sign Language Into English

Two UW undergraduate students won $10,000 for building a gadget-loaded glove that translates sign language gestures into audio.<p>A pair of undergraduates at the University of Washington made a glove that translates gestures in American Sign Language (ASL) into English and speaks it via speakers. The …

Sign Language

Studies Suggest Multilingual Exposure Boosts Children's Communication Skills

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Katherine Kinzler, associate professor of psychology and human development at Cornell University, about her research into the social skills developed by children raised in multilingual environments versus monolingual environments.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>Does …

Kids

Learning A Second Language Provides More Benefits Than Being Bilingual, New Studies Show

According studies conducted by the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages, high school students who study a foreign language see an …

What extracurricular activities do Romanian parents prefer for their children?

Most Romanian parents would choose foreign language courses and personal development classes as extracurricular educational programs for their …

People With Stronger Brain Connections Find It Easier To Learn A 2nd Language

Learning your first language is easy; it’s the second one that can be tricky — for most people, at least. Why is it that some people learn foreign …

Spanish speakers wanted!

A wide variety of jobs and industries desire workers who are fluent in other languages, particularly Spanish in the United States.<p>By Monster Staff | …

The U.S. has not elected a bilingual president in 84 years

The United States has not elected a president fluent in a language other than English in 84 years.<p>And in a field of 11 remaining presidential …

Jeb Bush

The reason you discriminate against foreign accents starts with what they do to your brain — Quartz

People around the world are hearing more foreign accents than at any time in human history, as more people move around than ever before.<p>In 2013, an estimated 232 million people (PDF) lived outside the country they’re from, seeking refuge or employment. In the US, 13% of the country’s 316 million …

The Brain