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Bilingualism

I Am Not Bilingual

Dan Truong | Posted 08.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dan Truong

I know that being Asian is more than being able to speak a language and more than outward appearance. While I've never been proud of it, I know my loss of language is just another narrative in the Great Asian-American Story, and that it's not a narrative exclusive to just me.

Fear and Loathing at IHOP

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

So a woman approached the Vazquezes, and in the spirit of neighborliness, promptly snapped, "We speak English in America." She also offered the helpful suggestion that the mother and son should "go back to Spain," even though Ms. Vasquez is from El Salvador.

Make Language Learning a National Priority

Jane Swift | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Jane Swift

New technologies and resourceful school districts will only get us so far. We need policymakers to prioritize language education so that America's students -- and our entire economy -- can reach their full potential.

Students Should Retain Their Bilingual Heritage for Its Economic Value

Rebecca Callahan | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Rebecca Callahan

The reality is that these parents who sign up their kids for dual-language kindergarten are onto something.

Preparing Students for College Begins Earlier Than Most Parents Expect

Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D. | Posted 02.22.2015 | Education
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D.

Educators must recognize each step in a child's educational journey leads to college readiness - not just the final few. The graduating class of 2027 is preparing right now.

Gabriela Kruschewsky

6 Multilingual Benefits That You Only Get If You Speak Another Language

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriela Kruschewsky | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices

"If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world."

Speaking Two Languages May Slow Brain Aging

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty

Just like exercise helps your body stay strong, exercising your mind also keeps your brain sharp. And what better way to do just that than by learning...

Why Knowing Another Language Makes You More Creative

Psychology Today | Joseph Cardillo | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

Personally, I love the sounds and musicality of all languages. I was raised in a bi-lingual household. I spoke English outside the home when I was wit...

The Fight For Bilingual Education Programs In The U.S.

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Latino Voices

Anyone who felt the ice was thinning regarding the controversial nature of bilingualism education took it on the chin after the fallout from Coke’s ...

America the Bilingually Beautiful

Steve Leveen | Posted 05.04.2014 | Media
Steve Leveen

Mere seconds after Coca-Cola's 60-second Super Bowl ad faded out with "America is Beautiful," morphing to the Twitter hashtag #AmericaisBeautiful, the social media ignited.

This State May Overturn Its Bilingual Education Ban

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.24.2014 | Latino Voices

A law banning most bilingual education in California schools may be overturned by a new bill, restoring efforts to address language barriers in a stat...

The Downside Of Bilingualism?

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel | Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 11.11.2013 | Latino Voices

Activist and educator Matthew Lynch recently asked if language barriers are the “new segregation.” He challenged readers of an Education Week blog...

The 'Long March' to Learning Chinese: Top 5 Tips

Saul Gitlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Saul Gitlin

From one long-term student of Chinese, to all those who aspire to achieve a working knowledge of this fascinating language, here are my top five insights.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Benefits Of Bilingual Education

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 10.05.2013 | Latino Voices

Hispanic Heritage Month provides the perfect opportunity to explore how bilingual education positively or negatively affect our children. Despite s...

What Bilingualism Is Doing To Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.12.2013 | Latino Voices

The evidence keeps pouring in that bilingualism is good for you. Bilinguals with the ability to switch languages seamlessly have likely developed ...

Your Mind on Language: How Bilingualism Boosts Your Brain

Dan Roitman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
Dan Roitman

From the moment sound waves enter your ear and become neural impulses, your brain executes this rapid-fire series of events that few of us are ever aware of, but without which we'd be unable to communicate.

Supporting Schools to Improve the Educational Outcomes of Emergent Bilinguals

Vanessa Perez | Posted 06.18.2013 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Perez

There is a shift across all levels of bilingual education -- state-wide, district-wide and school-wide -- to view the home language as vital for the academic development of bilingual students.

Why Learn Another Language When You Already Speak English?

Phoebe Dodds | Posted 01.30.2013 | Teen
Phoebe Dodds

This might be nerdy, but whatever: knowing a bit about another language can make you understand more about your own.

Are Immigrants Really All that Funny? Sofia Vergara Denied an Emmy, Again

Vanessa Perez | Posted 11.26.2012 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Perez

Sofia Vergara is an Emmy nominated actor and one of the leads in ABC's seven-time Emmy award-winning series "Modern Family." She is the hottest Latina actor of the moment. What do you mean no one can understand what she's saying?

English Only! Part 2

Cheech Marin | Posted 10.29.2012 | Latino Voices
Cheech Marin

Ok, Let's pretend that the Latino population explosion is not going to happen (heh, heh, heh, at least try it) and go back to the "English Only" issue. If this is the situation, then we are going to have to re-name most of our states.

Why English Is No Longer Enough

Chris Cummings | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Chris Cummings

You may not realize it, but the U.S. is becoming a bilingual nation. Today, more than 37 million people speak Spanish at home. Pause and think about that number: For 37 million people in the U.S., speaking Spanish is more comfortable than speaking English.

Latin America And The English Language

Enrique Molina Mejía | Posted 07.31.2012 | Latino Voices
Enrique Molina Mejía

Latin Americans can learn English without losing their own culture; what is more, multiculturalism will enrich our lives at an individual level and at a collective level; our cultural identity will be represented throughout the world, and we will understand other cultures as well.

Puerto Rico Aims To Become Fully Bilingual By 2022

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 05.08.2012 | Latino Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The governor of Puerto Rico is trying to do what more than a century of American citizenship has failed to accomplish: make P...

Learning Two or Twenty Languages: Is There a Secret?

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 06.26.2012 | Books
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

I hear countless numbers of stories about how difficult learning a second language can be and why some people just seem to have a knack.

Conditions Are Perfect For Bilingual Education - So Why Is It In Decline?

Stephen Palacios | Posted 06.15.2012 | Latino Voices
Stephen Palacios

The global economy benefits from a labor force that can transact business in more than one language, which would seem to reinforce the need for bilingual education. While English is the lingua franca of today's global economy, it is hard to argue that knowing another language is a disadvantage in today's (or tomorrow's) market.