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Fun activities can boost language learning: study

Playing simple games using words and pictures can help people to learn a new language with greater ease, according to a new study. Researchers from The University of Nottingham found that using fun, informal ways of learning not only helped … Continue reading

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Pensioner Jeffrey is minding his language

By MARC PROSSER Herald Reporter NOT content with being able to speak three languages already, pensioner Jeffrey Riggs has set out to learn another SIX tongues. The 68-year-old Plymothian – who already speaks French and German as well as his … Continue reading

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Babbling Sounds of Monkeys Share Rhythms with Human Speech

This article by Jenny Marder may not be of much use to the average language learner, unless you are planning to cohabitate with some Ethiopian monkeys, but if you are interested in how human language came about you may find … Continue reading

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Babies’ squeals lay foundation of language learning

Babies as young as three months use three types of sounds — squeals, growls and vowel-like utterances — to express a range of emotions, which enables them to learn how to speak, says a new study published in the Proceedings … Continue reading

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Speakers of tonal languages are better able to hear music, study finds

I have often wondered if people that speak tonal languages can hear music differently to people that don’t. According to this article from The Globe and Mail by Wency Leung this would seem to be the case. Do you have … Continue reading

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What are the World’s Sexiest Languages?

A survey of more than 5,000 people has revealed the world’s sexiest language – and it’s exactly what you thought. The survey  found French is considered the sexiest language. In fact, 41% of respondents polled ranked it tops for seduction, … Continue reading

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How many words do you need to know in a foreign language?

If you want to be able to speak, as opposed to reading, and understand another language then knowing the most common 1000 words will give you an understanding of 90% of whats being spoken. That’s more than enough to be … Continue reading

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Rosetta Stone – The Biggest Ponzi Scheme Around

A scathing attack on Rosetta Stone by Seeking Alpha, a stock market news & financial analysis magazine. Their conclusion is thus: 1. Bogus, irrational value proposition and extortionate prices, driven by huge marketing budgets 2. Stuck buyers who have no … Continue reading

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English language is descended from ancient Turkey, experts claim

PUBLISHED: 21:09 GMT, 23 August 2012 New Zealand scientists say Indo-European language family – including English, French, German and Hindi – originated up to 9,500 years ago in western Asia English is descended from a language that emerged in Turkey … Continue reading

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How To Learn Language: Legends and Myths

It is not my desire to mislead you in any way. I am in the business of language learning. I am also an experienced language learner. The reason I created the World Word Exchange is because I could not find … Continue reading

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Babel

The Tower of Babel According to the Book of Genesis the Tower of Babel was an enormous tower built on the plain of Shinar. The event took place about 130 years  after the great flood, when all still spoke the same language. The story is … Continue reading

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The Language Tree

This is a great illustration of the history of Indo-Eupropean Languages. I have no doubt that the history of humanity follows a very similar path. I would be interested to know the dating of the various breakaway branches and also … Continue reading

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Language Learning Through Hip-Hop Music? Hellz Yeah

A guest post from our insane hip-hop reporter Mad Skillz. Not sure what his first language is, if he has one – While insane skillz people learn with classes can be nuthin’ although some sort of slow, just one analyst … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language

If exercise is good for a body it makes sense that using your brain is good for the mind. Science now says that learning a second language can help ward of Alzheimer’s disease. It opens or creates new pathways in … Continue reading

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What is Language?

What is language but the making of sounds to represent ideas? Ideas created first then named for the purpose of identifying them. Language is the attempt to represent Ideas with a symbol. Words are symbols of objects or concepts. Without … Continue reading

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Study Says That Listening To Music May Improve Language Skills

From Scientific American Study has been accruing over the past few years that shows that listening to music can boost everything from pitch perception to visual and motor skills. New research opines that it may also improve language-processing abilities – … Continue reading

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