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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

© 2010 Enokson, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio<p>Four years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web …

Language Learning

5 Reasons You Should Teach Your Child Another Language

“What’s the point of teaching your kids a foreign language if they will never become fluent?” I have heard this so many times from parents who think …

Bilinguals Experience Time Differently.

Anne Rothwell, Press Officer at Lancaster University, reports on a new study by linguists Panos Athanasopoulos and Emanuel Bylund, who “have …

Language

5 Proven Benefits of Learning a New Language

Learning a new language is good for your brain.<p>The desire to learn a new language is often born of a desire to find a deeper experience abroad.<p>When …

Language Learning

How To Learn Foreign Language Easily And Quickly - {Best Methods}

Studying foreign languages online is really a great task and learning foreign language also makes you compatible to live in an another country too. …

4 Ways To Learn A Foreign Language, According To Science

Chances are that if you’re reading this, English was your first or second language. You spoke English at home and you live in an English-speaking …

Language Learning

Learning a second language isn’t just good for your brain—it’s good for democracy, too

We live in narrow-minded times, wherein insularity and nationalism are pervasive in public discourse. If you’re among the many people looking for ways to take political action, one of the most effective things you can do is devote yourself to learning a new foreign language.<p>Learning a new language …

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Jon Bergmann es uno de los pioneros del movimiento Flipped Learning. Jon está liderando la adopción a nivel mundial del aprendizaje inverso …

The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals

BEING bilingual has some obvious advantages. Learning more than one language enables new conversations and new experiences. But in recent years, psychology researchers have demonstrated some less obvious advantages of bilingualism, too. For instance, bilingual children may enjoy certain cognitive …

Language

Can you choose the most common language in the given countries? [QUIZ]

Quizzes<p>Can you choose the most common language in the given countries? [QUIZ]<p>Photo: Mika Stetsovski<p>Posted In<p>Quizzes<p>Be the first to comment<p>Trending now<p>…

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A Rare Public Display of a 17th-Century Mayan Manuscript

When you take a close look at the flowery but meticulous lettering in the 17th-century book, you can see that many people wrote the script, at …

Mexico

Your Brain Remembers Languages You Think You Forgot

New evidence suggests that the earliest traces of a language can stay with us into adulthood, even if we no longer speak or understand the language …

How to learn a language in super-fast time

Last week, the war of words between the EU and Britain over Brexit took an unexpected turn – when Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, elected to deliver his in French instead of English.<p>Addressing a conference in Italy, Junker claimed that “slowly but surely English is losing …

Language Learning

Being fluent in two languages might literally change how you perceive time

Being bilingual already has a long list of benefits. Research suggests that it boosts creativity and memory, strengthens multitasking and slows down …

Language

Multilingualism for everyone, not just a select few

COMMENT<p>Think back to when you first started learning a foreign language.<p>I was one of those considered to be “good at languages”. Like me, though, I …

Language

Statistics show: Afrikaans is more black than white – and international. No longer ‘oppressors’ language”?

<i>The place of Afrikaans in South African business and society is hotly contested. With its roots in Dutch and used as a tool by apartheid rulers, many</i> …

South Africa

Saying linguists are 'flummoxed' by Trump is like saying veterinarians are 'puzzled' by roadkill

Here's the title of an Associated Press piece on Trump's "unmistakably distinct" speaking style.<p><b>Trump's speaking style still flummoxes linguists</b><p>Which …

Language

The Thai Language

Although many Thais under 40 speak <i>some</i> English, it's a good idea to start learning Thai before you come to the Kingdom. Speaking reasonable Thai is …

Thailand

10 words that perfectly describe love that don't exist in the English language

Sometimes, there just isn't a word in the English language that adequately describes the kind of feelings and actions that are brought on by love.<p>But that doesn't mean those words don't exist.<p>Below are 10 words — along with illustrations — that exist in other languages (but not in English) that …

Language

Adults Retain Understanding Of Their Birth Language, Even If They Have Never Spoken It

Babies are soaking up knowledge of the language being spoken around them even during the first few months of being born. A new study, published in …

World's languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists

Scientists say they have traced the world's 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single "mother tongue," an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.<p>New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human …

You too could be multilingual – it's just about unlocking the skills inside

Think back to when you first started learning a foreign language. For many readers it was probably French, German or Spanish at school.<p>I was one of …

Language Learning

Check out this map to know which country in the world has the highest linguistic diversity.

WE HAVE previously looked at the incredible linguistic diversity of New York City, the inability of many Europeans to hold a conversation in English, …

Why Aren’t Black People Learning Foreign Languages?

When it comes to Americans who can speak a foreign language, black representation in that category is slim. We are less likely to learn a new …

Language Learning

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 …

What Gets Easier When You Study More Languages?

One change in US education could dramatically improve America’s relationship with the world

There are plenty of reasons why Americans should be learning a second language—and almost as many reasons why they’re not.<p>About 60 million Americans speak a language other than English at home, according to the 2015 U.S. census—almost the size of the UK’s entire population. But the same nation that …

Education