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Language Acquisition

What It Was Like To Grow Up In Paris In The 1920s

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 08.17.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

When my grandmother called my father to say that a redheaded girl had been born, he just hung up, disappointed. He had hoped for a boy. My mother called me Natasha after her favorite character in Tolstoy's 'War and Peace.'

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.

One Family, Two Dads, Three Languages

Jason Howe | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

"No quere ... dormir," mumbles Olivia as her breathing deepens and her eyes finally stay shut. She means "no quiero dormir," "I don't want to sleep" in Spanish, but her conjugations haven't quite come in yet. I don't care. It's been an hour and a half, she's finally asleep in any language, and I tiptoe out.

The One Thing Every Parent Can Do To Guarantee Their Child's Success

Jane Swift | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jane Swift

What would you do if you could give your child something that is proven to boost her creativity, empathy and cognitive functions, while putting her on a path to increased academic and career success? You'd jump all over it, right?

Do People Learn Nouns or Verbs More Easily?

Quora | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Let's try an experiment to find out!* I'll show you a few objects, and give you some sentences with them. (No peeking ahead to the end or the experiment won't work!)

Language: More Than Just Words

Robin Lakoff | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Robin Lakoff

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo"Water" is the simplest kind of word to learn how to use, a concrete noun. So it's not surprising that such words are normally the first a child learns. But more intriguing -- and much less studied -- is the question of how we learn other kinds of words.