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For decades, psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents …

The Brain

Can Foreign Language Immersion Be Taught Effectively Online?

Learning to speak a second language often starts with memorizing words and phrases like colors, numbers and salutations. Soon teachers introduce …


Why does Africa have so many languages?

With more than 2,000 distinct languages, Africa has a third of the world's languages with less than a seventh of the world's population. By …


7 year old speaks 5 languages

Meet my friend Yukine.

She’s 7 years old and speaks 5 languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, German and Sign Language.

When I visited the Canary Islands …

Sign Language

Letter: Start foreign-language instruction early and often

I believe that education systems in the United States should institute learning programs for various world languages at a young age to provide …


Only learning one language isn't enough

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After living in Europe for over two months, I’m officially annoyed at America for only teaching me …

Language Learning

15 Awesome Reasons to Start Learning a Foreign Language Right Now

If you’re not already learning a language, you’re running late.

You should have started yesterday!

But why should you learn a foreign language?

A better


TED-Ed Blog» Blog Archive » Why I taught myself 20 languages — and what I learned about myself in the process

• 16 April, 2015 //
• Education, General //
• Posted By Timothy Doner

During the past few years, I’ve been referred to in the media as “The World’s …



With just a bit of practice children will come away from this quick but sweeping linguistic look-see able to exchange greetings and a “How are you …


Foreign Languages | Study-Hack

• Always read out loud! Focus on pronounciation and accuracy. You may sound better in your head than in real life, and without practice you won’t …

Why Chinese is Easy: The Smart Way to Learn Chinese Tones - Fluent in 3 months - Language Hacking and Travel Tips

Tones. A huge issue people have when learning Chinese is the fact that it’s a tonal language.

Let’s start with the bad news. If you don’t get tones …


Fort Worth students learning the world of languages

When he was in the first grade, Jackson Roblow, now 11, couldn’t speak a word of Spanish.

That normally wouldn’t have been an issue in the largely …

Language Learning

How to Make Your Study of French Easier and More Fun - Enowiki

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French is not as hard to learn as some people claim. The truth is that we all have the capacity to learn new languages. To …


Why I taught myself 20 languages — and what I learned about myself in the process

During the past few years, I’ve been referred to in the media as “The World’s Youngest Hyperpolyglot” — a word that sounds like a rare illness. In a …


So, Are Fillers Okay to Use When, Um, Learning a Foreign Language?

Fillers are everywhere: they’re the ums, uhs, and likes that sneak their way into our speech, often times without us even realizing it. Indeed, fillers,


The 5 Big Advantages to Learning Multiple Languages at Once

So, you’re learning Korean, Spanish and French at the same time?

You’re definitely not one to shy away from a challenge.

It doesn’t matter how much you …


6 Reasons Why Learning to Speak Another Foreign Language Is Easier Than the First

If you’ve learned to speak one foreign language, you know that learning a language is not a quick, easy feat.

It requires time, perseverance and lots …


Going Global? Don't Let Your Business Get Lost in Translation.

If you have a design team in one country, a factory in another and sales teams on different continents, an integrated translation solution is vital to global success.

Translation technology has made exciting advances this year with consumer apps like World Lens and Microsoft’s new Skype Language …

Lost in Translation

The 6 Top Languages Global-Minded CEOs Should Know

During a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session earlier this year, Microsoft founder and prolific philanthropist Bill Gates said his biggest regret in life is that he speaks only English.

Not exactly what one would expect to hear from the billionaire founder of one of the largest tech corporations in the …


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Amara is home to an award winning subtitle editor that makes it easy to caption and translate video. Amara also hosts volunteer …

Nine ways to use language skills to get a job and boost your career

1. Combine your language degree with a core subject

If you want to be able to use a language within a specific field, it’s essential to combine subjects, as a straight language degree may not command a big enough premium on the job market. Adam Marshall, executive director, policy and external …


The Importance of World Languages and Intercultural Competence

The national debate about education seems omnipresent in the media, whether on TV or the radio, in newspapers and magazines, or in social media, from …


Vocabulary Words New College Students Need to Gain a Competitive Edge

There is a set of vocabulary words that, if taken seriously, are designed to give students a competitive edge.

Hear me out -- I'm an English teacher. I believe in the power of words.

And by "new" students, I do not mean new college students, per se. I mean, specifically, first-generation college …


22 Hilariously Inappropriate Mistranslations

Because sometimes Google Translate just isn’t enough…

1. Until exploded? You sure?

2. Yes, this is an ob/gyn department, but this is still a bit harsh, no?

3. I’m not sure that’s such a good mixer for whiskey.

4. Lots of options to go with that whiskey.

5. Well I guess you can have some more if you …

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The History of Modern Foreign Language Teaching - Arts & Humanities Research Council

A project funded by the AHRC has been looking at the history of Modern Foreign Language teaching in the UK and its future in education.

Who should …

After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures

When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That's the finding from a new study …

The Brain

Can we revive endangered languages? Should we?

Of the world’s more than 6,000 languages, up to half could be gone in the next fifty years.

But why? Findings published in September in the journal …


The Most Important Skill for Students? Communication, Say Most Americans

Despite fears that U.S. students are behind the international curve in science and math, most Americans think communication skills are more important …


Teach Your Baby a Foreign Language With Some Exposure

As a parent you are probably well aware of the benefits of teaching your child a second language. Multiple studies have shown that teaching your …