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The Surprising History Behind Some Of Your Favorite Food Words

Libby O’Connell | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
Libby O’Connell

Good news: you are better at languages than you realize. If you don't believe me, take a look at the foods you regularly encounter or eat. You may or ...

America's Distrust Of Foreign Languages

Frank Breslin | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

Foreign languages help free us from ethnocentrism, the delusion that we alone are the measure of all things human, and they connect us to a larger, saner, more humane world.

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.

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.)

Girl Perfectly Demonstrates What Languages Sound Like To Foreigners

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 03.06.2014 | Comedy

What do you sound like to a foreigner? 19-year-old Finnish YouTube user Sara is here to unveil the mystery. Although she is speaking total gibberi...

What a Coca Cola Ad Taught Us About Language Policy in the U.S.

Zack Simon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Media
Zack Simon

For a country that considers itself the world's superpower, its citizens are shockingly deficient when it comes to having a knowledge of foreign languages.

Killing Them Softly

Kanan Dhru | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Kanan Dhru

The pressures of modernity have resulted in many casualties. In this battle between the head and the heart, the language with international acceptability, the language of future and opportunities and the language required for basic survival in today's world is likely to win hands down.

A Confluence of Fluency in Orlando

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 02.04.2014 | Education
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

I'm not a language teacher -- and I don't speak another language with any degree of proficiency -- but I have great admiration for those who do.

Arabic in Arabia

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
Sriya Chakravarti

Being fluent in Hindi, and having a basic understanding of Urdu, and Sanskrit, I have been able to bridge the gap quickly and efficiently. However, I do worry sometimes, if I will forget or get confused with all the languages I have now stored in my brain.

A Change in Language Learning is Overdue

Amelia Friedman | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Amelia Friedman

The United States is a long way from being the multi-lingual society that so many of our economic competitors are. Only about 10 percent of native-born Americans -- individuals who went through our education system -- speak a language other than English.

What Do the Top Online Dictionary Lookups Tell Us, if Anything?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology
Dorian de Wind

Since English is an acquired language for me, I am a very frequent user of English dictionaries -- and foreign language dictionaries, too, but more on...

Can You Solve These Mysteries Of Travel?

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.19.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Heading somewhere far off means running smack into a spectrum of new sights, new sounds, new tastes. But along with these comes the inevitable oven-fresh batch of eye-rolling, mind-blowing, completely incomprehensible Mysteries of Travel.

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.

The Gift of Language

John F. Schwaller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
John F. Schwaller

The study of foreign languages is simply the gift that keeps on giving. It provides a person with multiple perspectives from which to view the world. It actually strengthens the mind. It allows a person to travel to other countries, which is also a great gift.

Applying to College? Make Sure You Have Options to Study Languages

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 12.01.2012 | College
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

Although college is about learning, it's also about acquiring the necessary skills to land a job when you've graduated. World language skills have increasingly become a differentiator for hiring managers among graduates.

Google Hopes To Save 3,000 Languages

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 06.21.2012 | Technology

Though more than 7,000 languages are spoken throughout the world today, researchers believe half of those will fade over the next century. To comba...

How Many Languages Does a Typical United States President Know?

Quora | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Nick Bhardwaj, VP of Monetization at NaturalMotion I am going to assume we are talking about being ...

UCLA Should Encourage Students to Go Beyond the Minimal Foreign Language Requirement

Daily Bruin | Posted 05.20.2012 | College
Daily Bruin

How can we listen carefully and communicate clearly when we do not know the language of foreign peers?

Lost and Gained In Translation

Bess Rowen | Posted 02.17.2012 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Just like the characters in Chinglish, we all try to communicate with each other, even when it is "sleepy" (one character's substitution for "tiring").

Ten Years After 9/11, America Still Has a Language Problem

Nataly Kelly | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Nataly Kelly

The government needs to do a better job of ensuring linguistic preparedness. However, as a society in general, America needs to overhaul its attitude toward language. And that starts with the people.

Mandatory Arabic Classes In Texas Schools On Hold

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

A plan to make lessons in Arabic and Arab culture mandatory for students in some Texas schools has been put on hold, following feedback from parents. ...

The Modern Language Association 2011: Literature and Language Professors and Their Profession

Ruth Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Ruth Starkman

"Check out my membership!" exclaimed Shawn Doubiago, adjunct professor at University of San Francisco and Berkeley Community College. Doubiago held ou...

Successful Schools Have a Global Orientation

Anthony Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Anthony Jackson

High-performing Asian school systems, like high-performing nations elsewhere in the world, truly have a global orientation.

Where in the World Are Languages?

Rosemary Feal | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Rosemary Feal

It is the responsibility of the larger community, academic and social, to make the case for the advanced study of languages and humanities.