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A Different Kind of Word Gap

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

Contradictory evidence is emerging as researchers attempt to replicate Hart and Risely's study. In short, there seems to be tremendous variation in the number of words that children in different households and communities are exposed to, as well as in their quality.

To Speak with Many Tongues at Once

Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.26.2016 | Home
Poetry Foundation

The poetry of place—and placelessness. By Omar Kholeif I have always been an immigrant, wherever it is I have lived in the world. I left Egypt, whe...

'Learn French in 10 Years!'

Steve Leveen | Posted 09.13.2014 | Education
Steve Leveen

Our expectations about learning languages are, quite frankly, odd, and ads like "Learn French (or Spanish, or Galician) in 10 Days" pander to them. While these ads might help sell language-learning programs, they reinforce false expectations.

On Being a Foreign Correspondent

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.04.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Rachele Kanigel's "10 Tips for Training the Next Generation of Foreign Correspondents" immediately drew my attention but her headline didn't quite mat...

Gabriela Kruschewsky

6 Multilingual Benefits That You Only Get If You Speak Another Language | Gabriela Kruschewsky | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices

"If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world."

Coca-Cola Super Bowl Ad Reflects the Reality of a Multilingual America

Nataly Kelly | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Nataly Kelly

The creators of the Coca-Cola ad surely knew they would push buttons for a lot of Super Bowl viewers and that the ensuing controversy would put the company in the headlines.

Does French Stand a Chance Against a Global English-language Tsunami?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 08.04.2013 | Home
Evelyn Leopold

French, once the language of high culture, kings and queens, and pin-striped diplomats, is drowning in a global tsunami of English usage in commerce, science, education -- and even at the multilingual United Nations.

Fearing a Diverse Future

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Paul Stoller

In the wake of Obama's resounding victory, many people in the GOP base refuse to accept the election results. So what happens if the GOP's fear of change persists even in the face of overwhelming evidence that American society is becoming a multilingual and multicultural?

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, ...

What the !#$@%*?: Will the Rise of Spanish Redefine Indecency?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.26.2011 | Media
Daniel Cubias

It stands to reason that as America grows more multilingual, we'll hear more Spanish on the airwaves. And some of that Spanish will be of the naughty variety.

How The U.S. Education System Looks To A Leading Expert Abroad

Justin Snider | Posted 07.11.2011 | Education
Justin Snider

OECD's Andreas Schleicher, an expert on educational systems around the world, discusses what he makes of the current push for reform in American public education.

In the Fight for Language Survival, Technology Helps Shift the Balance of Power

Nataly Kelly | Posted 06.18.2011 | Technology
Nataly Kelly

It's a travesty, really. International Mother Language Day is celebrated just once per year, but languages face extinction every single day. But there...

The Translator Takes Center Stage

Nataly Kelly | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business
Nataly Kelly

"We labor in obscurity." These are the words of a literary translator who contacted Nina Sankovitch recently, as reported in her excellent post, "Foun...