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'Learn French in 10 Years!'

Steve Leveen | Posted 07.14.2014 | 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.

What Language Should I Learn?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 07.14.2014 | 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.)

How to Learn a Language Without Burnout

Sonia Gil | Posted 07.28.2014 | Education
Sonia Gil

Ever since I founded the language-learning company, Fluenz, I have gotten countless questions about learning Spanish, French, Chinese and other langua...

Why Knowing Another Language Makes You More Creative

Psychology Today | Joseph Cardillo | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

Personally, I love the sounds and musicality of all languages. I was raised in a bi-lingual household. I spoke English outside the home when I was wit...

The Top 10 Games Every Parent Should Play to Encourage Their Baby to Talk

Tracey Blake | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Tracey Blake

The more children babble, the more practice they have at forming the proper sounds to develop language skills.

New Trends in Language Teaching

Stacey Cole | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Stacey Cole

Language education is always evolving based on new techniques, and research plays a vital role in that process.

Why I Won't Let My Children Learn French, Mandarin, German, Spanish or English

Zack Simon | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Zack Simon

Calls like these for retributive cultural justice miss their mark because they paint the world with the smallest strokes possible, strokes that make the lines of the world appear clean, sharp and perfectly discernible. The truth, however, is that the world looks much more like a Jackson Pollack.

Why We Need to Apply the Third Metric to Language Education

Mila Golovine | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Mila Golovine

We must take care of our well-being, cultivate our wisdom, maintain our sense of wonder and show our willingness to give. The combination of these four pillars can help us enjoy the ride -- enjoy the process of learning, acquiring new knowledge and investing in our human capital.

How to Encourage Young Children to Start Talking and Expressing Themselves

Catriona Wallis | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Catriona Wallis

Helping children develop their language supports their ability to communicate and express their feelings and better understand yours. Learning to use and understand language is the first vital step towards literacy, providing the basis for learning to read and write.

What a Map of a Mouse Brain Has to Do With Your Kids

Lydia Denworth | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Lydia Denworth

There are limits to connectivity maps. As one scientist put it, so far they give information only on the level of interstate highways and major cities; smaller towns and roads are not yet on the map. Other scientists wonder which should come first -- the maps or the specific questions we hope to answer with them.

Creating Personalized Practice for Students

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Art Markman, Ph.D.

For a few decades now, educators have suggested that computers would vastly improve our ability to teach students. The assumption has been that with ...

Re-Appreciate Classic Literature: Learn Another Language

Benny Lewis | Posted 05.14.2014 | Books
Benny Lewis

Have you ever read Dante's Inferno? Don Quixote? How about Around the World in 80 Days, or Crime and Punishment? If you've read them, you know just how memorable and touching the experience of reading a literary masterpiece can be. But have you ever read them... in the original?

Can Your Phone Teach You a New Language?

Zack Simon | Posted 02.20.2014 | Technology
Zack Simon

Do not underestimate the power of passive learning. Before you even crack open a phrasebook, you'll know words like "send," "delete," "edit," "message," "cancel," and all sorts of other vocabulary just from using your phone on a daily basis.

Are Political Appointees the Only U.S. Diplomats Who Haven't Been to the Country to Which They Are Assigned?

John Brown | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
John Brown

In my case, of all the countries to which I was assigned, I had previously visited only three -- the U.K., Russia, and Czechoslovakia. Other nations where I had the privilege to serve -- Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia -- I had never been.

In Defense of French

Zack Simon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Zack Simon

While political leaders in some U.S. states continue to bicker about whether creationism should be taught alongside evolution in science classes, 61 percent of children in Europe are currently learning two or more languages in school.

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.

Second Language Acquisition By The Numbers (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 12.06.2013 | Parents

Mounting evidence suggests that learning a second language can be the key to a student's success, supporting everything form increased cognitive funct...

Pop Quiz: Who Speaks English Around Here?

Ming Chen | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ming Chen

Each year, EF Education First releases the EF English Proficiency Index, the world's first and largest ranking of English skills by country. Our analysis revealed a number of compelling findings - including a clear link between English proficiency and key economic indicators.

Effect of Stress on the Language Learning Ability in the Womb

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 11.27.2013 | Science
Dr. Gail Gross

Did you know that babies learn in the womb, and also that stress can affect their development?

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.

Ginger Software Maps One Trillion English Sentences Online To Personalize Language Learning

Kevin Ducoff | Posted 07.24.2013 | Technology
Kevin Ducoff

The natural language software analyzes a user's mistakes in context, identifies them and presents the learner with short lessons to help them fix their recurring mistakes.

Autism and First Words

Marge Blanc | Posted 04.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Marge Blanc

ASD language processors are no different from other gestalt processors except that their timeline is much longer. And because of that, their sources of language input include much more media than natural language of a household.

How Social Media Could Change Our Understanding of Children

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoToo many people roll their eyes about social media. They think of it as a way to waste time or sell things. But social media has tremendous potential.

Little People Meet Big Data

Benjamin K. Bergen | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Benjamin K. Bergen

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoLearning language is so difficult that no other animal or piece of software even comes close to the average human second-grader. And the mystery is: How do we do it?

What Big Data Can Teach Us About Language

Keith A. Hutchison | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Keith A. Hutchison

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoProfessor Deb Roy's study is a great example of how large-scale databases can answer important questions beyond those obtainable from standard experiments.