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How To Learn A Language Faster

In a world that demands rapid learning and massive change, the ability to learn a language faster is an important skill to acquire. Concerning …

Learning

Can Afro-Latinos Please Move Beyond The "I'm Black, Too" Rhetoric?

<i>The reason why people don’t understand why you can be both black and Latino at the same time is because the media doesn’t present it that way and we</i> …

Trauma

The Best Language Learning Tools of Autumn/Winter 2016

Language Learning

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 …

5 ways learning a second language will make you a better person

<i>This article is part of the new</i> Mic <i>series "Enabling Empathy Through Travel." See the previous post here.</i><p>"Would you like to speak a second …

Language

One in five Americans now speak a language other than English at home - and Arabic is the fasting growing second language

• <b>New Census data shows that nearly 65 million Americans over the age of five speak a language other than English at home</b>• <b><br>Languages that saw largest</b> …

Watching the brain during language learning

For the first time, researchers have captured images of the brain during the initial hours and days of learning a new language. They use an …

The Brain

8 Things You Might Not Know About Vowels

A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y is not all you need to know about vowels. There's more to these workhorse members of our linguistics inventory than you …

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Bilinguals are more attractive, say 71% of Americans

<b>(CNN) —</b> Want greater success in your career and your love life, as well as a healthy brain long into old age?<p>The answer could be to learn another language.<p>Or at least that's the case according to a majority of Americans and Britons polled in a new survey by language app Babbel.<p>Apparently, 71% of …

United Kingdom

Interpreters say it’s nearly “impossible” to translate Donald Trump’s rhetoric into other languages

The job of language translators and interpreters is never easy, but the task becomes especially dicey in the realm of politics. Differing interpretations of a turn of phrase, after all, have been known to lead to war.<p>The challenge is even greater when the translator is attempting to interpret words …

Rhetoric

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 …

Most adults know more than 42,000 words

How many words do we know? It turns out that even language experts and researchers have a tough time estimating this.<p>Armed with a new list of words …

Vocabulary

New App Makes Wine More Welcoming

A new wine pronunciation app out this month didn’t start anywhere close to a computer. Its local developer, self-described “language junkie” Robert …

Wine & Spirits

Majority of Americans Find Bilinguals More Attractive

Another incentive to add a second language to your repertoire.<p>Being bilingual has its benefits while traveling—after all, speaking passable Greek is definitely preferable to Google Translating your way through a three-hour meal full of words rendered from script to suspect ingredient. Being a …

Language

Early bilingual studies will help tomorrow's grads | Editorial

In post-war America, public schools began looking outward in many respects — among them, requiring students to learn a foreign language. For many …

Becoming bilingual is crucial for USD students, Americans - The Volante

In a world that’s becoming more connected every day, it’s now more beneficial to learn another language —even in the English-heavy country of the …

Skip the French: Obama's foreign language skills ranked

Public speaking in your native language is hard enough, but imagine doing it in a language you've never spoken.<p>Barack Obama has done just that during his two terms as president, taking a stab at the native languages of many countries he’s visited.<p>Some attempts have gone better than others.<p>To see …

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

Duolingo Now Lets You Learn Languages by Chatting With Bots

Say hi to your artificially intelligent language tutors<p>With its impressive variety of lessons and tests, Duolingo has long been a great app for …

Learning

Parents should read aloud to infants every day, pediatricians say

This story was originally published on CNN.com in 2014.<p>(CNN)It's hard to keep up with so many statistics about modern parenting, but here's one that floored me when I heard it a few years ago: By 4, children living in poverty hear 30 million fewer words than children in higher income households, …

Parenting

Duolingo's new crew of AI tutors will help you learn languages

The new chatbots rely on artificial intelligence and get smarter the longer you use them<p>Duolingo, the popular free language-learning platform, launched three language "tutors" in its iOS app today, marketing the AI-powered chatbots as a way of helping users learn a new language without having to …

Language

20 Words You've Been Butchering for Years

A Harvard linguist offers a monster list of commonly misused words.<p>Some languages, like French, have an official body that decides how words can and cannot be used. English, as a flexible, global language, has no such designated referee. Therefore, there is no definitive answer to whether you're …

Vocabulary

Nose, Nase, Nez: Shared Sounds and Meaning Link World Languages - D-brief

By Nathaniel Scharping | September 13, 2016 4:59 pm<p><i>(Credit: Petr Vaclavek/Shutterstock)</i><p>In English we say “nose”, the French say “nez” and Germans …

Linguistics

Do We Need Language to Think?

Do humans think in sentences with our dominant language? If so, how do animals think? Are they thinking without language? | Source<p>How do we think?<br>• How …

The Brain

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

'Th' Sound Will Vanish from English Language Due to Multiculturalism, Linguists Say

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER<p>By the middle of the century, the “th” sound will have vanished from the English spoken in London due to the high level of …

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

4 More Unofficial Rules Native English Speakers Don't Realize They Know

The BBC’s Matthew Anderson tweeted about a rule that “English speakers know, but don’t know we know.” It was a screen grab of a passage from Mark …

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