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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 Murderer Charles Manson Used Language to Gain Followers - Newsweek


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How Murderer Charles Manson Used Language to Gain Followers
Newsweek
According to psychoanalyst Mark Smaller, past president of the American Psychoanalytic Association, part of Manson's power lay in the type of language he used. Notably, Manson was able to speak in a way that engaged those who felt marginalized or ...

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Fred Armisen Sets Spanish-Language HBO Pilot 'Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen' - Variety


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Fred Armisen Sets Spanish-Language HBO Pilot 'Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen'
Variety
Fred Armisen is set to write, executive produce and star in a Spanish- language pilot for HBO, Variety has learned. The half-hour comedy is titled “Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen.” It is described as being set in a dreamy version of present day ...
Fred Armisen Spanish- Language Comedy 'Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen' Gets Pilot Order At HBO Deadline

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How conservative tradition became the French language's talon d'Achille - The Globe and Mail


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How conservative tradition became the French language's talon d'Achille
The Globe and Mail
The Académie Française, the ancient body meant to protect the French language, has just released an astoundingly regressive document. On Oct. 26, it made a statement on "so-called inclusive language," referring to gender-neutral language, a question ...

No more middots: French PM clamps down on gender-neutral language - The Guardian


The Guardian

No more middots: French PM clamps down on gender-neutral language
The Guardian
The French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, has clamped down on attempts to make the French language more female-friendly, issuing a ban on “inclusive writing” in official texts. Moves to end the linguistic dominance of the masculine over the feminine ...

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Deciphering 'Q-speak': A guide to the language of Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville - Chicago Tribune


Chicago Tribune

Deciphering 'Q-speak': A guide to the language of Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville
Chicago Tribune
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville talks about assistant Ulf Samuelsson's impact on the power play. (Chris Hine/Chicago Tribune). Chris HineContact ReporterChicago Tribune. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has his own brand of coachspeak, ...

Google's mysterious Fuchsia OS gets Apple Swift language support - ZDNet


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Google's mysterious Fuchsia OS gets Apple Swift language support
ZDNet
Video: Which programming language do coders hate most? Google has given its mystery operating system Fuchsia an update to support Apple's Swift programming language. Swift has quickly become one of hottest languages among developers. Google last ...
Google's upcoming 'Fuchsia' OS to support Apple's Swift language AppleInsider (press release) (blog)
Apple's Swift language finds its way into Google's secret Fuchsia OS TNW
Google adds support for Apple's Swift programming language to Fuchsia Android Authority (blog)
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Five languages Brexit Britons should learn - Financial Times


Financial Times

Five languages Brexit Britons should learn
Financial Times
On trips to the Netherlands, I always ponder how long it would take me, a competent Afrikaans speaker, to learn Dutch. Not long, I think, but it would probably be fruitless. English is widely and fluently spoken in the Netherlands; I imagine my initial ...
English as a second language? Schools need to stop treating it as an obstacle to success Telegraph.co.uk
English Language Training Market in China 2017-2021 - Radical Shift Toward Specialized Form of English Learning ... Business Wire (press release)

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To Bridge Language Barrier Between Immigrant Generations, This Somali-American Is Making A Film - WBUR


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To Bridge Language Barrier Between Immigrant Generations, This Somali-American Is Making A Film
WBUR
In a church basement in Roxbury, a group of immigrants discuss the documentaries they're learning how to film. Guiding them are volunteers with the nonprofit Community Supported Film. "It's incredible to be in a room with 10 people from 10 different ...

Thanksgiving tribe reclaims language lost to colonization - ABC News


Thanksgiving tribe reclaims language lost to colonization
ABC News
The Massachusetts tribe whose ancestors shared a Thanksgiving meal with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is reclaiming its long-lost language, one schoolchild at a time. "Weesowee mahkusunash," says teacher Siobhan Brown, using the Wampanoag ...

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