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Younger is not always better when it comes to learning a second language

It’s often thought that it is better to start learning a second language at a young age. But research shows that this is not necessarily true. In …

Language Learning

How the language you speak changes your view of the world

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

How to improve children's language awareness at primary school

Young children have a lot to fit into each school day. So making the best use of the little time allocated to learning a foreign language is …

Can you learn a language with an app? What the research says

Language learning apps are very popular in app stores worldwide – and are said to be revolutionising language learning. These apps offer …

Brain's window for language learning open until adulthood: Study of nearly 700,000 people reveals more about cognitive capabilities for new language learning

Study of nearly 700,000 people reveals more about cognitive capabilities for new language learning<p>It has long been known that children learn language …

How to learn a new language while making dinner, running errands, or paying bills

Hard, but not impossible. In Scientific American, Veronique Greenwood highlights two recent studies that suggest you can get better at a foreign language simply by listening to it, without speaking it yourself.<p>In other words: Even if you're busy making dinner for your family, or running errands, or …

The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken In The World Today

Oldies and goodies: Check out our list of the ten oldest languages in the world.

Linguistics

Mondly uses speech recognition to fast-track your language learning

popsci shop<p>Get lifetime access for only $39.99.<p>Learning a new language can seem pretty daunting when your inch-thick textbook arrives in the mail. Thankfully, there is a smarter way to learn. Mondly is a highly-rated app that helps you master grammar and pick up vocabulary through fun mini-games. …

Language

How many words do you need to speak a language?

<b>Learning a new language can be tricky, but how many words do you need to know before you can actually get by in a foreign tongue?</b><p>That was the question posed to BBC Radio 4's More or Less programme by one frustrated listener. Despite learning German for three years, and practising nearly every day, …

Language Learning

Six Core Practices for Early Language Learners

Key strategies for the foreign language classroom.

A Sneaky Theory of Where Language Came From

It might have hijacked our early ancestors’ brains.<p>I’m sitting in the sun on one of the first mild days of the spring, talking with a modern-day flintknapper about the origins of human language. His name is Neill Bovaird, and he’s neither an archaeologist nor a linguist, just a 38-year-old bearded …

Beyond a Bridge to Understanding

Even before having children, Jimell Sanders was intent on ensuring that her local school would be able to offer the opportunity of early second …

Why Speaking a Second Language Develops a More Rational Mind

Superstition is everywhere in our modern lives. Each Friday the 13th, nearly a billion dollars in business is avoided because people are afraid that …

The most annoying things about the English language, from people who are learning it

English is the most studied language in the world, with 1.5 billion people learning it.<p>But just because English is popular doesn't make it easy.<p>Many English learners have vented about the most annoying aspects of the language in the obvious place: the internet. Their complaints range from its …

Language Learning

Learning music or a foreign language can help your brain be more efficient

If you want to train your brain, consider starting with music or a foreign language.

Bridging America’s Language Gap: A Call to Action - American Academy of Arts & Sciences

<b>Nancy C. Andrews</b> <i><br>Chair of the Board, American Academy of<br>Arts and Sciences; Former Dean,<br>Duke University School of Medicine</i><p><b>Norman R. Augustine</b> <i><br>Retired</i> …

Immersion is Critical in the Middle School Years

For students to keep their language skills and become fluent, they need to continue learning a language through middle school.

MIT Scientists prove adults learn language to fluency nearly as well as children

This week a new paper was published in the journal Cognition titled “A Critical Period for Second Language Acquisition” that used a new, viral …

Is Monlingualism the Illiteracy of the 21st Century?

I came across a Gregg Roberts quote that said “Monolingualism is the illiteracy of the 20th century”, and haven’t been able to stop thinking about …

How long to learn that language? Here’s a map for that

For English-speakers, Romanian is easier to learn than German. And you’ll be speaking Russian sooner than Hungarian.<p>How is that? Because the Foreign …

Language Learning

French Might Soon Become More Important Than English

French has always been a favourite second language, especially for hopeless romantics. Now, French President Emmanuel Macron shares his ambitious …

The Language of Race and Gender | Learn languages. Travel the world. See differently.

By Umar Alim Al-Junaid<p>One of the hardest things to be is an American citizen who speaks other languages, but being an African- American who speaks …

Language Learning

Bilingual Kids Do Not Get Confused Speaking Two Languages

Bilingual Kids Do Not get Confused<p>Bilingual kids get confused learning two languages at once. It is impossible for children to learn a second …

Language Learning

50 Ways To Learn A Language (without a teacher) - EFL 2.0 Teacher Talk

Teachers are great. But people have been learning languages for thousands of years without a teacher. It’s not only possible but actually in many …

Language Learning

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Language Learning

World Language Advocates Gather in Washington for Language Advocacy Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over 100 world language teachers and advocates will gather on Capitol Hill on Feb. 15-16 to meet members of Congress for Language …

Language Learning

When Learning a Foreign Language

Suppose you decided to start learning a new language—let’s say Italian. In the beginning stages of your language-learning journey, the Italian speech …

Language Learning

La Familia

This handout, or Language Topic Sheet (LTS), is for teachers teaching and students learning Spanish, whether on their own, with a tutor, or in a …