Celebrate Languages!

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

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 …

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 …

Language Learning

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

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, …

Linguistics

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 …

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?

Education

How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance

• shares<p>There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one language …

Learn Spanish

"Love your videos! Lots of CI and great storytelling. Very effective! Gracias"<p>~Sarah, SD<p>"My students LOVE your videos! Keep making more …

I'Ve

Speaking two languages also benefits low-income children

(Medical Xpress)—Living in poverty is often accompanied by conditions that can negatively influence cognitive development. Is it possible that being …

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 …

Language

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 …

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> …

The Best Language Learning Tools of Autumn/Winter 2016

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 …

Polyglot USA: One in five Americans now speak a language other than English at home - and Arabic is the fastest growing language

• <b>New Census data shows that nearly 65million 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: Language scientist observe how new grammar integrates in the brain

Language scientist observe how new grammar integrates in the brain<p>For the first time, researchers have captured images of the brain during the …

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 …

Linguistics
Language Learning
Donald Trump

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 …

Language

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 …

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 …