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A tour of the British Isles in accents

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English is Crazy

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Beautiful Face – Language Learning Online

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Heteronyms and other challenges of the English language

Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym. You think English is easy??I think a retired English teacher was bored…THIS IS GREAT! Read all the way … Continue reading

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Why are some adult foreign language learners more proficient than others? (Language Aptitude)

Past puberty our capacity to learn foreign languages decreases, but adults do not learn a second or additional language at the same pace. Many individual variations affect the outcomes, continue reading to find out which one seems to be the … Continue reading

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A language with too many armies and navies?

JOHNSON has touched on Arabic and its variety quite a few times over the years, but we have never really addressed a critical question directly: what is “Arabic” today, and is it really even a single thing? A short and … Continue reading

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Learning A Foreign Language – 3 Mistakes To Avoid

by Tom Beattie Knowing a foreign language is useful and learning it can fun. I recall watching the comedy Mind Your Language when I was a kid and the class looked rather fun albeit chaotic at times. I remember learning … Continue reading

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Phil’s Findings: How did Spanish become such a prominent language in U.S.?

By PHILIP A. RUE Last week in this column, I explained that Spanish was now language number two in the U.S. In this article I will try to explain how it how it achieved that eminent position.  There are a … Continue reading

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3 Key Aspects of Learning a Foreign Language

Learning Swedish recently moved to the top of my language “to do” list. We’ll be spending some time in Stockholm in the fall and that’s excellent motivation for me. Besides, I’ve always loved the sound of Swedish, in the Bergman … Continue reading

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The Language Learning Formula – 10 Principles

 by sgendreau Hello dear readers! Today I’ve put together 10 short principles that I use as a guide to help me learn languages effectively. It’s a short and easy read, and I think the advice given here can be of … Continue reading

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Being Multilingual: You speak with an accent, I don’t

Linguist Madalena Cruz-Ferreira discusses our perception of accents and how it can impact our judgement of others. Accents are things that only other people have. They are, by extension, things that we don’t think we have. This is why, if … Continue reading

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Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism

Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, says Anne Merritt. Children learning foreign languages at a Grammar School … Continue reading

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English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

By Elizabeth Norton, ScienceNOW Map showing approximate regions where languages from the seven Eurasiatic language families are now spoken. Image: Pagel et al./PNAS If you’ve ever cringed when your parents said “groovy,” you’ll know that spoken language can have a … Continue reading

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Evolution of Language Takes Unexpected Turn

By Brandon Keim It’s widely thought that human language evolved in universally similar ways, following trajectories common across place and culture, and possibly reflecting common linguistic structures in our brains. But a massive, millennium-spanning analysis of humanity’s major language families … Continue reading

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Becoming ‘Asia Literate’: Learn Chinese, but Don’t Stop There

By SUE-LIN WONG Theodore Kaye for The New York Times College and high school students in Kazakhstan learning Chinese. BEIJING — While studying abroad at Peking University in Beijing, Andrew Stead didn’t expect to find a job at Burton, one … Continue reading

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6 Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language (and Help Your Brain)

English has been called the lingua franca of today’s world. “Hi,” “bye” and “thank you” are known around the world and English is part of the curriculum for young students. In France, a debate is underway about teaching courses in French universities … Continue reading

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The SECRET to Successfully Learning a Foreign Language

Today I will divulge, exclusively to you, my dear readers, what I consider to be the best-kept secret of polyglots and incredibly successful language learners to learning a foreign language successfully. I hope this will clear some things up for … Continue reading

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Let the wine flow and you’ll soon be fluent

After years of teaching in China, our reader got language learning down to a fine art. ‘In vino veritas’: tackling a foreign language is so much easier when chilled… Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images I wouldn’t try this secret at the library. … Continue reading

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Imitation is the key to learning languages

Did you know that if you mimic someone’s accent, you’ll be able to better understand what they say? As playwright George Bernhard Shaw once said: “Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of  … Continue reading

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TEDx Talks to make learning a new language easy

Everybody’s done it. You wake up one morning and decide, “I’m going to learn a new language.” But, as daunting as it may seem, learning a new language isn’t the herculean feat it’s cracked up to be. Language learning isn’t … Continue reading

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Learning second language depends on ability to learn patterns

Learning to understand and read a second language may be driven, at least in part, by your ability to pick up on statistical regularities, a new study has found. Some research suggests that learning a second language draws on capacities … Continue reading

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The Rise of Spanish

Spanish has more native speakers than any language other than Mandarin. Yet its success could not have been foreseen The Story of Spanish. By Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow. St Martin’s Press; 496 pages; $27.99. Buy from Amazon.com THE Iberian … Continue reading

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5 Language Learning Myths Busted

  Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well I’m sure that myth has been broken over and over. The same goes for learning languages. Here are 5 language learning myth busters! You Can’t Learn a Language … Continue reading

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5 Incredible Ideas for learning Spanish

Are you thinking of Spanish as a second language and keep postponing the idea day after day? You are not alone! Because so many people who genuinely love the idea but don’t know where to start. Some of them are … Continue reading

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What’s the best way to teach languages?

How do students best pick up languages? Martin Williams talks to academics, teachers and multi-lingual speakers to find out about the science of learning a language I love you in 311 languages: how can teachers help their students learn languages … Continue reading

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