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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…

Until exploded? You sure?

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

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

Lots of options to go with that whiskey.

Well I guess you can have some more if you really need it.

Is …

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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 …

British History

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 …


Money, dream jobs, a better brain: why everyone should learn a second language

With more online learning resources available than we know what to do with, there’s really no reason for you to not know a second language.

Being bilingual not only gives you some fun bragging rights, but it also makes you stand out in the increasingly competitive job market.

Learning another …

The Brain

Education Week

By guest bloggers Emily Liebtag and Caitlin Haugen

Today, Emily Liebtag, Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Design, VIF International Education and


Speaking a second language may change how you see the world

Research suggests speaking English nudges Germans to focus on process over goals

Scientific Research

'Difficult climate' for language teaching, study finds

Language teaching is facing a "difficult climate" in England's schools, researchers say.

A report by the CfBT Education Trust and the British Council highlights low uptakes of language GCSEs and A-levels as particular concerns.

It found that language teachers felt attracting pupils to study languages …


Showing hello: 15 ways people greet each other around the world

Bonjour. Namaste. Ciao. Ni hao. Guten tag.

There are a number of ways to say hello around the world, and just as many ways to show them.

These traditional greetings, ranging from region to region, have developed into cultural norms — often to show respect.

Take a peek at this helpful infographic made by …

Chiang Mai

What was thought like before the invention of language? on aeon.co


How NOT to learn a language

Photo: dtanist

HERE’S a conversation-ending dialogue I’ve become used to having with Germans I’ve just met:

Them: “Du sprichst sehr gut Deutsch. Seit …


The advantages of speaking two languages

Speaking more than one language may confer significant benefits on the developing brain. Research has now shown that bilingual young adults not only …


Know more than one language? How your bilingual brain could pay dividends

Speaking more than one language may confer significant benefits on the developing brain. Research has now shown that bilingual young adults not only fare better in the job market, but are also more likely to demonstrate empathy and problem-solving skills.

The fact is that American adults are largely …

The Brain

Some Very Good Teacher-recommended Tools for Teaching and Learning English

Created by a high school student, this free site finds correct spellings and definitions for any word in a document.

Learn a language by watching a …


Which foreign language should you learn?

Believe it or not, the second language you speak can impact how much money you make.



When you travel abroad, which climate do you …


The 16 Best Resources for Teaching a Foreign Language

According to infoplease, there are more than 6,500 languages spoken in the world, each with its own unique culture and way of thinking and …

Foreign Languages

13 maps about America worth bringing up at dinner parties and/or first dates

Life is a nonstop barrage of social engagements in which you are forced to conjure up topics to discuss with people of whose interests you are wholly …


The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Minae Mizumura's The Fall of Language in the Age of English is an eye-opening call to consciousness about the role of language: what it means for the


100 Ways to Encourage Foreign Language Learning

100th day of school is a huge thing in some countries. It also a sign that at least half of the school year has passed. To celebrate 100th day of …

Foreign Languages

Make Language Learning a National Priority

With dozens of studies proving its benefits for young minds and the grim reality that we are far behind other nations in a key competitive skill, you would think that politicians would be falling all over themselves to support language education in our schools. However, increasingly more policies …


Top Ten Best Proverbs About Language Learning

An often heard saying is that proverbs are the flowers of popular wit and the treasures of popular wisdom. Often short and simple and popularly known …

Language Learning

Measuring Student Growth That Matters

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What Elvish, Klingon, and Dothraki Reveal about Real Language & the Essence of Human Communication

Why a good language, like a good life, requires both rules and messiness.

Language, Darwin believed, was not a conscious invention but a phenomenon “slowly and unconsciously developed by many steps.” But what makes a language a language? In this short animation from TED Ed, linguist John McWhorter, …

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Ten Favorite Languages Of The World

Language is a medium to express what you want to convey. It is the language only which give you words to convert your emotions into the verbal form …


Where did Europe get its languages? Scientists uncover new evidence.

Beginning some 4,500 years ago, herders living in the temperate grasslands north of the Black and Caspian Seas began moving westward into Europe. The …