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Multilingualism Is a National Asset, Not a Personal Shame

Jack Jennings | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

The ability to speak other languages is sorely needed for our national security and economic success. Yet, speaking another language is viewed unfavorably by many Americans who fear a weakening of our national character. Consequently, this unique strength is daily losing its vitality.

I Can Greet You With 'Hi,' 'Hola' or 'Ciao.' What's Wrong With That?

Elio Leturia | Posted 09.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Elio Leturia

Immigrants like you and me move to other countries for various reasons. We bring our language, customs and cultures with us. We can't leave them at the border. Do I want to assimilate? Hell, no. Do I want to acculturate? Yes. I want to get the best of both worlds.

Rolling the "R"

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The letter "R" in the English language is not a particularly distinguished letter. It is, of course, an integral part of the language, but when the letter "R" is part of a spoken word it is almost always of no auditory significance.

'Only When There is Calm Will Things Settle'

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 08.18.2015 | Education
Kyle David Anderson

Every task we undertake as humans -- social beings, after all -- threatens to do violence, or at the very least ring hollow, when the well-being and happiness of ourselves and those around us are ignored.

Indiana Strikes Again: Why Removing World Language Requirements From Hoosier High School Diplomas Could Be Detrimental

Allison Underhill | Posted 06.16.2015 | College
Allison Underhill

For the many students who sit in Spanish, French, or German class every day and resent having to memorize vocabulary words and learn new grammar rules, the change initially seems like a positive one.

The Best Way to Learn Spanish

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

I've spent a big part of the past 30 years in Spanish-speaking countries, and I've been a full-time resident of Panama for seven. I figure it's time to learn to speak Spanish.

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.

Explore the Silent World of Deaf America

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Lydia L. Callis

With so many people finally embracing this second American language, there has never been a better time to learn to sign.

The Foreign Language Requirement

Kassandra Fotiadis | Posted 04.28.2015 | College
Kassandra Fotiadis

There is no denying that there has been a significant drop in foreign language study both in high schools and at the undergraduate level. Enrollment has dropped by 6.7 percent since 2009. Furthermore, about 100,000 fewer students took college language classes in 2013.

My Wishlist for Students: College Is About More Than Grades

Christina Berchini | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Christina Berchini

Those behind a recent survey about high education were interested in whether high school graduates felt they were ready for college. In my opinion, there are ways to fill those perceived "gaps" upon entering college, and many of them have absolutely nothing to do with grades.

8 Reasons to Be Scared of Foreign Grocery Stores

Travel Freak | Posted 03.10.2015 | Travel
Travel Freak

Basically every time you get a veggie or some fruit you have to bring it over to the little scale and punch in the associated number and weigh it and it'll print you a little scan out sticker. Okay, not so bad. Except there's one scale, maybe two, and a bajillion people.

9 Reasons to Learn a Language in 2015

Ryan McMunn | Posted 03.01.2015 | Education
Ryan McMunn

Here are nine reasons that your New Years Resolution should be to learn a foreign language, the first is that it's not as hard as you think.

5 Awesome Holiday Traditions to Start Now

Shayla R. Price | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Shayla R. Price

Family holiday traditions bring us together to share a common bond. From caroling on the weekends to baking gingerbread cookies with grandma, it's a...

Study Abroad as Preparation for Joining the Global Workforce

Michael Elchik | Posted 01.10.2015 | College
Michael Elchik

Students have the opportunity to return home with skills that will make them more employable in today's global economy. How can we help our student abroad students build those important global skills?

At What Age Can You Teach a Global Mindset?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
Amelia Friedman

You can't just take your kid on a vacation to Spain and consider your work done, nor can you sign up for a language course during sophomore year of college and check "global mindset" off your to-do list. Developing a global mindset should begin before birth and continue for a lifetime.

Can Language Learning Help You Achieve Your Dreams?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Amelia Friedman

Learning a language can do so much for us both personally and professionally, so let's learn languages. But first, let's think about how learning a language will help us achieve our life goals.

It's Greek to Me

Marcia Liss | Posted 11.15.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


How Would You Redefine Study Abroad?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 10.14.2014 | College
Amelia Friedman

A new initiative at the International Institute of Education is sparking conversation, asking us how we can increase the cultural awareness in our students and encourage them to learn in environments outside of their comfort zone.

8 Tips For a Life In China

Ryan McMunn | Posted 10.13.2014 | Travel
Ryan McMunn

Life abroad is one of the most difficult, exciting, exasperating, rewarding, and incredible experiences you can have. Here are some tips for living in China and getting the most from your experience there.

Why I Decided To Learn A New Language After 50

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Last week I took my first Spanish lesson. Apparently, I am as qualified today as I was at my last language lesson almost 40 years ago. Surely, when I travel to Costa Rica this winter, I'll be able to dazzle the kids with my ability to converse with the locals.

What Language Should I Learn?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
Amelia Friedman

Learning a language is a commitment. It takes years to become truly proficient, and even then there will be yet more to learn. (I'm still learning new words and cultural references in English, and I've been speaking it since I was in diapers.)

Thank You, Chester Nez

John F. Schwaller | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
John F. Schwaller

Thank You, Chester Nez

The 3 Magic Words You Need to Know Before Traveling Overseas

Erin Ruberry | Posted 08.05.2014 | Travel
Erin Ruberry

There are three words that every traveler should know in any foreign language when traveling overseas. They may not get you mistaken for a local, but it's amazing how far they will take you.

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...