language learning

How to Quickly Learn to Pronounce Anything No Matter How Difficult

pronounce anythingThis is a simple technique I developed on my own as part of the Telenovela Method years ago and I’ve just never gotten around to writing about it because it never occurred to me how much trouble most people have learning to pronounce certain parts of foreign languages.  This is a simple, obvious (once you understand it) techniq

Some Major Insight About Language-Learning from My Two Weeks in Spain

Ok, so I’ve been here two weeks now, I’ve done nearly ten face-to-face language exchanges so far (all with native speakers), I’ve interacted with other natives quite a bit (buying groceries, ordering food, etc.), and I’ve got some insight I want to share in the form of two major problems I’ve noticed:
1. Speed.  This refers to the speed at which people normally talk but it’s not quite so simple as “gosh people sure are talking fast here”.

Duolingo For Schools Is Now A Thing

duolingo-for-schools-screenshotDuolingo For Schools Is Now A Thing
by TeachThought Staff
From a press release
Big Idea: Duolingo Builds On Popularity of World-Beating App, Launches Platform for Schools

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Language Learning needs to be flipped

Editor’s Note: This article has first been published in EducationInvestor on April 3rd 2014. The recent launch of Duolingo for Schools and Rosetta Stone’s prediction for language trends underline the need to flip the language learning classroom.

Language Trends for 2015 and 2115

To kick off the new year in language learning, here are two predictions: Language learning company Rosetta Stone gives us one for the year ahead while Dr. McWhorter shares his thoughts on the state of global languages one hundred years from now in an essay on the Wall Street Journal.

Appreciating Slang’s Creative Contributions to Language

Slang may seem like it has no place in the dictionary, but dictionary editors are listening very closely to the words people use in real life.

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Study finds Traces of Lost Languages in the Brain

A joint study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro and McGill University’s Department of Psychology seems to show that languages learned during early childhood leave traceable patterns in the brain. Even if the child stops using its first language and replaces it with a new one, which is often the case in international adoptions, the unconscious brain retains those patterns years later.

LLU Live #18: Interactive Fiction

This entry is part 18 of 18 in the series LLU Live

inklewriterDuring today’s LLU Live Talk today we will talk about interactive fiction.

LLU Live #7: Programming as a “foreign language”

Late last month, Edutopia (the official website of the George Lucas Educational Foundation) published an article advocating four separate ideas:

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