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The case for foreign languages as an aspiring lawyer

The relative lack of foreign language skills among the UK population is well-documented. A recent Guardian survey revealed that 39% of young native English speakers were put off learning a foreign language because “most people speak English”, and 14% by the idea that “most other languages are not …


100 (Free) Ways To Learn to Speak Another Language

100 Resources To Learn to Speak Another Languageby TeachThought StaffEd note: This post was first published in 2012, and is in the process of being


Shortfilm: English as their third language • XbitGh | News At The Best

English as a Third Language is an excerpt from the novel international Student Part One: Journey to America,”
a comedy about an African student who …


Should all students learn First Nations languages?

Sure, Canadian students can learn their other official language at school. Knowing un peu de français might help a bilingual culture, but what about …

Education (Canada)

Scientists redraw traditional brain map of language comprehension

For 140 years, scientists' understanding of language comprehension in the brain came from individuals with stroke. Based on language impairments …

The Brain

We've Been Wrong About Where the Brain Processes Language for 141 Years

The map of where and how the brain processes speech has been modified again. Researchers from Northwestern University just published a paper in the journal Brain wherein they demonstrate that the famous Wernicke's area, thought to be the center of language comprehension, in fact is not.

In 1874, the …

The Brain

The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli | TED-Ed

The Brain

Weekend Reader: ‘Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary Of Deliberately Deceptive Language’

Spinglish is everywhere. It is the first language of press secretaries, PR reps, politicians, doctors breaking bad news, and much, much more. Anyone

Stand Still. Stay Silent - Language Family Tree print

Language Family Tree

Illustration of the Indo-European and Uralic language families, adapted from an infographic page from the comic Stand Still. Stay …


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Language Learning

Probing Question: Are there real benefits to being bilingual? | Penn State University

There's an old joke that asks, "If someone who speaks many languages is multilingual, and someone who speaks two languages is bilingual, what do you …


5 Simple Research Proven Hacks to Stop Wasting Time and Start Learning Fast

Do you dream of learning a new language, but then find you rarely take action towards making your dream a reality?I’ve said before that the biggest …


Proportional Map of the World's Largest Languages

Alberto Lucas LopézThere are 7 billion people on earth and about 7000 languages, but more than half of the world's population speaks one of just 23 …


Iberian romance languages in Europe. More language maps

Belief in evolution predicts GDP per capita

I’ve got numbers from Pew Survey on Religion and Public life 2007, and wiki page on GDP...

The Second Most Spoken Languages Around the World

The most spoken language in any country is often obvious; usually, it’s the official language of the country. However, you can learn a lot about a …

Foreign Language Social Network Naboomboo Raises 50k Euros

Italian startup Naboomboo is a language learning social network. Their goal is to help you improve your proficiency in a foreign language by having …


Master Many Foreign Languages By Thinking Like An Actor

For those of us who aren’t polyglots, learning multiple foreign languages seems like a huge intellectual feat. BBC interviewed people who know 20 or …

Language Learning

Words That Are Their Own Opposites

And now, Words and Their Stories, a VOA Learning English program about American expressions.

When you are learning a language, context is everything. …

Make Them Trust You With These 5 Body Language Secrets

• Eyes up and alert. Your eyes betray your focus. So, if you’re picking lint from your pants or looking for the exits, you’ll show your interest lies elsewhere and seem dismissive. For maximum engagement, do the physical equivalent of faking it until you make it. Start with the eyes, making solid …

Body Language


The language of romanticism, language which is beautiful and steals the heart of people surely deserves admirer. And, yes none other than the …

Language Learning

5 Steps to Become Conversationally Fluent in Spanish - Fluent in 3 months - Language Hacking and Travel Tips

Spanish is the language that started off my lifelong obsession with language learning, so it holds a special place in my heart. Thanks to Spanish I …

The “Pinch Yourself” Hack for Rapid Language Learning (Backed by Science) - Fluent in 3 months - Language Hacking and Travel Tips

My friend Maneesh Sethi spent five years travel hacking his way around the world, learning Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and German along the way. Now

10 culture shocks Americans experience in Spain

Photo: Damianos Chronakis

You’re talking to a guy and things are going well, and perhaps you want to have one of those “netflix and pizza” nights …


Tips to learn Spanish (and any other language)

Spanish is the most studied second language in the United States. Many Americans start learning it in middle school or high school, but most of us …

Exposure to Multiple Languages Aids Communication More than Bilingualism

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Exposure to another language is a gateway into another culture. How sentences are composed and how certain sounds are emphasized can tell …


Learning French Is Not as Hard as You Think

There are more than a few ways for you to learn a language. No best way exists; if that is what you are after. What works for you will depend …


By Samara Freemark and Stephen Smith, American RadioWorks

For decades, psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents …

The Brain

Can Foreign Language Immersion Be Taught Effectively Online?

Learning to speak a second language often starts with memorizing words and phrases like colors, numbers and salutations. Soon teachers introduce …


Why does Africa have so many languages?

With more than 2,000 distinct languages, Africa has a third of the world's languages with less than a seventh of the world's population. By …