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.
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.)
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.
Super Bowl commercials are well-known for their controversial subjects and the chatter they spark post-game, but the conversations following Coca Cola's "America the Beautiful" ad were in a league of their own.
For those of us beyond our school years, exposure can occur anytime, anywhere and in a variety of different ways from reading a news article to following a Twitter stream to practicing a language to visiting a foreign country.
These seven exercises will strengthen your mental flexibility, prepare you be more resilient to change and help you be more successful at work (because nimble thinking is often rewarded). And frankly, maybe you'll have some fun doing things differently for a change.
As Friedrich Nietzsche said, "Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth." Here, illustrated, are 11 words whose concepts cannot be properly explained across cultures.
What is truly fascinating is that just as children have an innate ability to learn language, their caregivers -- anyone from a mother to an older sibling to the teenage babysitter from down the block -- have an innate ability to teach it.
How does immigration boost the economy? There are many reasons, but the short answer is that immigration adds more people who in turn spend more money. Businesses benefit from this spending, a fact reflected in the larger economy.
Every Native American language is in extreme danger. Some of them are looking at language death in the next decade, and some are trying to just stabilize the number of children who are learning and speaking their ancestral languages.