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Sputnik, The Ugly American, and the Push to Improve FSI Language Training

ADST | Posted 08.03.2016 | World
ADST

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

Are You a Victim of Language Discrimination?

Delfín Carbonell | Posted 03.21.2016 | Latino Voices
Delfín Carbonell

Society is not the way we would like it to be, but rather the way it is. We all agree that there is plenty of injustice going around, and our rights as human beings are trespassed constantly.

'Star Wars' Languages Owe to Tibetan, Finnish, Haya, Quechua, and Penguins

Inverse | Posted 12.15.2015 | Weird News
Inverse

This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Sean Hutchinson The secret key to the success of Star Wars in 1977 was its fully realized wo...

The Best Way to Learn a New Language... Fast!

Quora | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Quora

There is a trick to learning languages that can shorten the journey to fluency from decades to mere months. There's also something most teachers won't even tell students for fear they would never start, but in fact, is vital that you know.

7 Things Your Child Needs to Learn a Language

Olga Mecking | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Olga Mecking

I think a lot about what it takes to really learn a language because I am raising my own children with no less than three of them, but also because I find it absolutely fascinating. My experience is that there are several things children (and adults!) need to speak a new language.

Why Learning Chinese Was Harder Than I Thought

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 07.25.2013 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

Being able to "master" Chinese would be a constant reminder to myself that if I can learn an entire dictionary of words in Chinese, my other work seems insignificant.

Tower of Babble

Julie Gray | Posted 05.05.2013 | Travel
Julie Gray

Recently I began to study in Israel's famed Ulpan Hebrew immersion classes. There are those who say that Hebrew isn't that difficult to learn but they are liars.

Learning New Words

Caren Chesler | Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

One of his first words was "No," but I've learned that he doesn't necessarily mean it. Do you want some apple? No. I then give him a piece of apple, and he readily takes it. Raisins? No, but really yes. More oatmeal? No! As he helps himself to another spoonful.

The Trouble With Learning French

Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough | Posted 12.26.2012 | Travel
Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough

The words that one learns passively in a given language (that is to say, out on the street or simply through repeated and unsought auditory repetition) are often reflective of deeper cultural values and attitudes. In France, more often than not, this attitude is pessimism. Allow me to explain.

India Ascending: Hot Hindi Vs. Mandarin/Shmandarin

Victoria Lautman | Posted 12.08.2012 | Chicago
Victoria Lautman

Considering that India is on track to eclipse China's economy in the next few decades and is the second most populated country on our small planet, you'd think a language spoken for centuries by hundreds of millions would get a little more respect!

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.

Meet The 16-Year-Old Who Speaks Over 20 Languages (WATCH)

Posted 03.27.2012 | Teen

If you thought learning one foreign language was confusing enough, try learning over 20 by the time you graduate high school. One incredible student, ...

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?

Teen Lengthens Tongue To Speak Korean

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 10.12.2011 | Weird News

Learning to speak a foreign language requires painstaking practice, and if that doesn't work, it might be time to for minor, yet painful oral surgery....