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Learning a Foreign Language: the Psychological Factor


When it comes about learning a foreign language, many people wonder if they will be able to memorize enough vocabulary. But this question never occurs about their mother tongue.

Speaking Spanish To Increase Mind Power


Our "mind power" is largely in the way we use our words, and limited by our vocabulary. Words, and the concepts they express, are different in each language, and there are differing common expressions.

Teaching English in Greece - What Do You Need to Know?


The employment situation can be quite uncertain for newcomers to Greece and therefore many people choose to try teaching English as a foreign language, on a full or part-time basis. It can bring in a good income whether it is your preferred career choice, or you wish to do it short-term until another career choice pans out.

Don't Take The Romaji Short-Cut When Learning Japanese


This is an issue many Japanese learners come up against, particularly if they live outside Japan. After all, If you are not in the country, it seems difficult to justify the huge amount of time that learning Japanese characters seems to require.

Learning a Foreign Language: Why Should you Learn Words You Never Use in Your Mother Tongue?


Imagine a child sitting in front of a desk, his head in his hands, and mumbling various lists of words over and over. Does this child remind you of your own experience? If yes, I bet that "list of words" does not sound appealing to you.

Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery (Part 1)


What? Kanji can be learned quickly? This seems an impossible dream to many students of Japanese who come from a non-kanji language culture. Even hiragana and katakana seem impossibly hard to the average beginner, so remembering kanji, with all their intricate strokes and multiple readings, can appear to be beyond the abilities of the human mind.

Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery (Part 2)


In Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery Part 1, we looked at mnemonic methods devised by James Heisig and Kenneth Henshall to speed-up kanji acquisition. We saw how their techniques activate the imagination by assigning different meanings individual elements of each kanji.

Learn Korean: Part 1 - Asian Languages and Language Families


So, you have always been fascinated by Asian culture have you? Maybe you are someone who loves the martial arts; kung fu, tae-kwon-do, or karate. Perhaps you are interested in the cool oriental stores and like to buy many things from them to decorate your house.

Learning French in Paris


Nothing can be more frustrating than to be in France and not been able to speak their language. For, I remember the days when I was among people chanting around in a language totally alien to me, and me, trying to bring a smile in my face while shaking my head from north to south doing as if I am getting everything what they are speaking about, and waiting impatiently for my French wife to do the translation - and I can't deny, that that was not the most comfortable period of my life.

Uncommon Facts / Rules of English Language


English is an international language. It has so many grammar rules and each rule with many exceptions.

Can You Understand English?


There is a lot of talk about making English the official language of the USA. That would stop the need to spend so much money printing out things like drivers license, tax, voter registration and other official forms in so many languages.

Learning a Foreign Language: Learn from the Blind


In a previous article, you read that to establih your own lists was the best way to learn vocabulary as fast as possible. Let's study what an effective list looks like.

Learning a Foreign Language: the Ventriloquists Lesson


The main feature you have to master, in order to call yourself a ventriloquist, is to speak without moving your lips. It is not that difficult.

7 Words Americans Should Stop Using Until Further Investigation


Relationship: Here is a word that is used to qualify, justify and honey coat just about every nefarious, sleazy or reprehensible union between almost anybody and anything. Recently on an edition of the Jerry Springer show a guest was about to be interviewed who was getting it on with a very close relative.

Aphasia: The Cruelest Language Barrier


Imagine the following scenario: You wake up one morning and instead of speaking English, everyone around you--including your family and friends--is speaking Hungarian. This is a problem because you don't speak Hungarian and you don't have a clue what they're saying.

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How Donald Trump is making racist language OK again - The Independent


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How Donald Trump is making racist language OK again
The Independent
Once upon a time, not too long ago, it was taboo for top level politicians to openly express racist sentiments. That's why they tended to use code words, talking about “inner city crime” or “welfare dependency”. These are dogwhistle terms, which have ...

Do Language Movement heroines get the recognition they deserve? - Dhaka Tribune


Dhaka Tribune

Do Language Movement heroines get the recognition they deserve?
Dhaka Tribune
The nation pays heartfelt tribute to the Language Movement martyrs and heroes on Language Martyrs' Day on February 21 every year. But very few programs or events commemorate, or even recognize the important role of the female protesters during the 1952 ...

Tribute to language martyrs - The Daily Star


The Daily Star

Tribute to language martyrs
The Daily Star
Just before midnight, as words to “Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano”, began to waft through the air, the nation paid homage to the Language Movement martyrs. It was a show of respect for those who sacrificed their lives for the recognition of Bangla as a ...
Awami League set to observe Language Martyrs' Day Dhaka Tribune
Nation set to pay homage to language martyrs Prothom Alo English (satire) (press release) (blog)

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Macron's French language initiative meets resistance -- from French speakers - FRANCE 24


FRANCE 24

Macron's French language initiative meets resistance -- from French speakers
FRANCE 24
Among his many ambitious initiatives, French President Emmanuel Macron is looking to make his nation's language relevant again. Some in the Francophone world say the move stinks of colonialism. Macron's business-first reputation can lead one to forget ...

International Mother Language Day: A Day To Celebrate And Protect Linguistic Diversity And Multilinguism - NDTV


NDTV

International Mother Language Day: A Day To Celebrate And Protect Linguistic Diversity And Multilinguism
NDTV
One language disappears on average every two weeks, taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage, says UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). Keeping this in mind, the UN agency introduced ...
Are former model C schools using school language policies as a ... Independent Online
Cultural heritage is a child's right, so let's celebrate International ... ABC Online
Int'l Mother Language Day marked in Bangladesh Xinhua
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How the language we use contributes to depression and anxiety - Aleteia EN


Aleteia EN

How the language we use contributes to depression and anxiety
Aleteia EN
It probably wouldn't surprise you to learn that people with depression, anxiety, and ideas of suicide use language differently than the general population. But the way their word choices differ just might. Most of us would assume that people who are ...

Language app Babbel translates European success to U.S. market - Reuters


Reuters

Language app Babbel translates European success to U.S. market
Reuters
It might seem a tall order to persuade people to spend as much to learn a language on their smartphone as it costs to subscribe to a music streaming or video-on-demand service.
Babbel language-learning app finally cracks the US market Business Day

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Do we make better decisions in a foreign language? - Financial Times


Financial Times

Do we make better decisions in a foreign language?
Financial Times
An American friend recently told me of a reunion with the son of the German family whose home he had lived in for a year as an exchange student. My friend had spent the year acquiring fluent German, which he spoke to the family. The reunion, several ...

Language started 1.5m years earlier than previously thought as ... - Telegraph.co.uk


Telegraph.co.uk

Language started 1.5m years earlier than previously thought as ...
Telegraph.co.uk
In the beginning was the word. And it was first spoken by Homo Erectus, according to a controversial new theory. Most paleontologists believe language emerged with the evolution of Homo Sapiens around 350,000 years ago. But Daniel Everett, Professor of ...

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