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German Is Actually Much Easier Than You Might Think

The first time most of us come in touch with a foreign language or at least with the need to study it, is in school. But learning a language in …

Language Learning

The World’s Most Efficient Languages

How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together?<p>Just as fish presumably don’t know they’re wet, many English speakers don’t know that the way their language works is just one of endless ways it could have come out. It’s easy to think that what one’s native language puts words to, and …

Language

Communicating in a foreign language takes emotion out of decision-making

If you could save the lives of five people by pushing another bystander in front of a train to his death, would you do it? And should it make any …

Language Learning

Bilingual Baby: Second Language Boosts Cognitive Skills

Many families are choosing to raise their children to know how to speak two languages, whether that be for cultural reasons, educational purposes, or …

Language Learning

The benefits of teaching children foreign languages

One who speaks three languages is called “trilingual.” One who speaks two languages is called “bilingual.” One who speaks only one language is …

Linguistics

School Registration for World Languages Day

CULTR is excited to welcome your school to World Languages Day! Showcasing opportunities related to language learning, forward-thinking companies and …

Students gain more foreign-language learning in schools

When twins Ryan and Michael D’Introno entered kindergarten two years ago, they often came home from school singing songs in Spanish, part of a language immersion program their school in Bedford Hills, N.Y., decided to try. All students, many of whom were native Spanish speakers, received …

Language Learning

8 Life-Changing Language Learning Events Around the Globe

When was the last time you hugged a language learner?Language learning can be lonely, so events that bring us together make a huge difference in …

Language Learning

Want To Sell Your Ideas? Your Success Depends On The Language You Speak

To communicate your ideas effectively, speak the language of your buyer.<p>I am in Cesme, Turkey, near the Aegean sea, for summer vacation. Last night my family and I went to dinner in the village. As we walked down the main street, store owners called out to us in different languages, English, …

Inc. Magazine

Bilingualism for a Healthy Brain

<b>In an article originally published at Nautilus on May 13, 2016, community editor Emilie Reas discusses emerging research showing that bilingualism</b> …

The Brain

Speaking dialects trains the brain in the same way as bilingualism

There has been a lot of research to back up the idea that people who use two or more languages everyday experience significant advantages. The brain …

Language

Foreign languages and the complexities of bilingualism

In this episode of Learning World we look at the importance of learning languages.<p>It can boost your chances of a new job or help you communicate in a more and more connected world.<p>The Learning World team also look at the cognitive benefits learning new languages has.<p>In the second part of the …

Language Learning

Bilingual children: what parents need to know

Expat parents often approach me with questions about how they should help their children with their Dutch language skills when they speak another …

Bilingual Brains Have Better Attention And Focus, Study Finds

Bilingual is better.<p>Scientists have found another incentive for you to make the most of your foreign language class - a new study suggests that …

The Brain

Nearly Half of U.S. States Offer Special Recognition for Bilingual Graduates

Tens of thousands of students are earning the honors each year. More than 40,000 students in California, the birthplace of the biliteracy seal, …

Education

Dementia: Bilingualism may help brain conserve resources and resist decline

New research published in the <i>Journal of Neurolinguistics</i> suggests that seniors who have been bilingual for years use their brain resources more …

How bilingualism in movies is changing our cultural perception

More and more, we’re seeing languages besides English prominently featured in blockbuster films. But does bilingualism have a positive impact, or …

Language

Bilingual People May Experience Time Differently Depending On Language Used

A recent study suggests that bilingual individuals may perceive time differently, depending on what language they are using at the moment.

The American 'block' to foreign language learning

Why American foreign language instruction is seen as a failure while students in other countries achieve high levels of competence in non-native …

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. …

Language Learning

Babies can learn second language in 1 hour per day - Futurity

With just one hour of learning each day, babies as young as a 7 months old can begin to learn a new language—even when their parents don't speak it.

MULBA Foundation for Foreign Language Education

<b>Top Three 2017 Goals::</b><p>Increase critical language ability in students.<br>• Offer a safe place to study and grow with peers in foreign language …

Why being bilingual helps keep 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

Speaking languages protects against dementia, study finds

Being able to speak another language protects against dementia and other age-related decline in brain power, a new study found.

The Brain

Raising a Truly Bilingual Child

True bilingualism is a relatively rare and a beautiful thing, and by “true,” I mean speaking two languages with the proficiency of a native — something most of us will only dream of as we struggle with learning languages in school and beyond.<p>Highly competent bilingualism is probably more common in …

We still have no idea why humans speak over 7,000 languages

The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups splintered off to gather in the shade of coconut trees and enjoy a breeze. I wandered from group to group, joining in the …

Linguistics