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By Richard de Meij | Bite-Size, Thought-Provoking & Intriguing Articles About Languages, Language-Learning/Teaching/Strategies & Research, ...and So Much More!

How Language Immersion Programs Prepare Students to Be Global Citizens

<b>Editor's Intro:</b> Angela Palmieri <i>traveled to New Zealand in 2016 on the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching to document and study the cultural</i> …

Education

How To Learn Your First Foreign Language

Just because you took two years of French in high school doesn't mean you still know how to ask where the bathroom is. In fact, if you can't remember …

Language Learning

Language classes in the US are finally useful

Language education in the United States is finally starting to look like it belongs in the 21st century.<p>In the school year ending in 2005, a far higher percentage of US schools offered courses for Latin—a famously dead language—than for Mandarin, which has hundreds of millions of living speakers. …

Education

Newfound Pride in Guaraní, a Language Long Disdained in Paraguay

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay — When she was a student in Paraguay, teachers forced her to kneel on jagged granules of salt and maize for entire mornings as punishment for speaking her mother tongue, Guaraní, in the classroom.<p>“I had to do it in front of my friends so that they saw in black and white what …

Language

What it's like to love someone in a second language

“So, do you speak to each other in English or Spanish?” is up there as one of the questions I’m most frequently asked about my bilingual relationship …

Relationships

This Is the Most Annoying Word In the English Language, Again

Whatever.<p>How does that word make you feel? As words go, it's not a particularly beloved one. For nine years straight, "whatever" has been voted the …

Language

Connect! The Modern Way to Learn a Language Through Songs

Madonna once sang, “Music makes the people come together.”<p>There’s a lot of truth to that.<p>Music is a cornerstone of culture, and so songs have been …

Language

5 technical skills that will lead to a high-paying in-demand job

Unless you're a mind-reader, one of the most difficult parts of the job search process can be figuring out exactly what employers are looking for.<p>To …

Careers

Bilingual people do better at life. This neuroscientist explains why

It was once believed that trying to learn more than one language at a time would be too confusing for small children.<p>“Once upon a time, we also …

The Brain

Canadians becoming more bilingual, linguistically diverse, census data shows

Number of Canadians who speak a language other than French or English at home up 14.5 per cent<p>Canada's linguistic make-up is becoming more diverse, …

Canada

Bilingual Matters conference on multilingualism, UC Riverside

On October 5, 2017, the University of California, Riverside, will launch a new branch of Bilingualism Matters …

Language

Raising bilingual kids: how do you do it right?

"I was teaching English when I was travelling around Europe and I had seen many children learning English so easily," Chontelle Bonfiglio tells <b>SBS</b> …

Language

Does Being Bilingual Protect Your Brain from Dementia?

The Benefits of Learning and Speaking More than One Language<p>Bilingualism has many benefits, including the opportunity to communicate across cultures. …

The Brain

Sorry STEM, Google just made the case for more foreign language education

Science, technology, engineering, and math are not the only (or even the most) valuable 21st century skills. Even Google says so.<p>In the last decade, …

Language Learning

Six Awesome Apps for Learning a New Language in 2018

So you got a new iPhone for Christmas and you’re interested in learning a new language. Maybe you want to take a ski trip in the French Alps or relax …

Learning

Five techie tools for getting to grips with Dutch

<b>If learning Dutch was one of your New Year resolutions but you don’t fancy going back to the classroom, help is at hand. Deborah Nicholls-Lee reports</b> …

Language Learning

Duolingo makes learning a foreign language easy (and free!)

Program makes it fun to learn another tongue<p>If learning a new language is one of your new year’s resolutions, you might want to check out …

Language Learning

27 fascinating maps that show how Americans speak English differently across the US

In a country as vast as the United States, you're hardly ever going to find a consensus on how to say something.<p>Do you drink soda, or do you call it pop? Do you wear sneakers, or tennis shoes? The answers vary depending on where you ask the question.<p>Linguists Bert Vaux and Scott Golder surveyed …

Language

Interpreters and Translators Among the Best Careers of 2017

Interpreters and translators jobs topped best careers lists in 2017 and jobs are projected to continue growing at a much higher rate than other …

Work-life Balance

Foreign languages can change our belief in superstitions

It’s often said that speaking a foreign language can change your personality. Now, a recent study from the University of Trento in Italy suggests …

A Map Showing How Much Time It Takes to Learn Foreign Languages: From Easiest to Hardest

Do you want to speak more languages? Sure, as Sally Struthers used to say so often, we all do. But the requirements of attaining proficiency in any …

Speaking In a Second Language Develops a More Rational Mind, Study Finds

Superstition is everywhere in our modern lives. Each Friday the 13th, nearly a billion dollars in business is avoided because people are afraid that …

Psychology

What Are the Most Effective Strategies for Learning a Foreign Language?: Six TED Talks Provide the Answers

Earlier this week we featured the Foreign Service Institute's list of languages ranked by how long they take to learn. Now that you have a sense of …

Do Bilinguals Have Better Attention And Focus Abilities?

For a whopping 21 percent of Americans, English isn’t the main language spoken at home. In 2014, more than 39 million residents spoke primarily …

6 signs learning a second language enhances student success

Knowing how to speak a second language helps graduates stand out in the applicant pool — a reality K-12 and higher education institutions can tap …

Education

Studying lifehack: You are more likely to remember something if you read it out loud

Speaking text aloud helps words to cement themselves in the brain's long-term memory.<p>You are more likely to remember something if you read it out …

Too Old to Learn a New Language? Don't Believe It

Conventional wisdom holds that the older we get, the harder it is to learn a new language. Which is true — except when it’s not.<p>Turns out that while …

Language Learning

Is this the end of the Icelandic tongue? Experts believe the language only spoken by 400,000 people may be at risk because computers and robots can't understand it

• <b>Linguistic experts believe Icelandic language spoken by 400,000 may be at risk</b>• <b><br>The language is being undermined by widespread use of English for</b> …

This is 2017’s ‘word of the year’ — and it’s proof Americans are in a dark place

Lookups for this word have increased nearly 300% this year — at the same time that our well-being is falling<p>Most of us are complicit in having dark …