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Foreign Languages

Learning Languages Beyond the Classroom

Yii-Huei Phang | Posted 11.19.2015 | Teen
Yii-Huei Phang

There is no right or wrong way to learn a language, but there are many other ways to implement that aren't monotonous or arduous to improve your learning.

Billion Word Bonanza

K. David Harrison | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts
K. David Harrison

Movie subtitles can annoy--as visual clutter--when you don't need them, but they are a godsend for the deaf and anyone watching a foreign language film. Now a devoted group of 200,000 volunteer video subbers on have elevated the humble subtitle to an art form.

Linguistic Business Coaching: Shortcut From Fear of Speaking to Linguistic Self-confidence

Anna-Jane Niznikowska | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Anna-Jane Niznikowska

I have recently gone to a networking event at the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in London. As a Communication Consultant who helps non-native English speakers communicate more confidently in international business, I thought I had to walk the talk and speak Portuguese.

Ethnographic Interventions: Waking Up and Walking With Abel

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Paul Stoller

In a destructive climate how do we open the eyes of our students to the complexities of the human condition? How do we ignite their curiosity about the natural and social world? How do we teach them to think critically and respect human difference?

Try Speaking Their Language When You Travel

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.09.2015 | Travel
Lev Raphael

Preparing for my first German book tour, I took an on-line grammar test from a language school. Big mistake. I was never good at test-taking and I bombed, despite having studied some basic German for more than a year.

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.

How Learning a Foreign Language Is Like Learning to Order at Starbucks

Victoria Borisch | Posted 07.24.2015 | San Francisco
Victoria Borisch

Learning a foreign language is obviously slightly more difficult than learning how to order your favorite beverage from Starbucks, but you can draw some interesting comparisons between the feelings you may experience along the way.

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 ...