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Learning a Language

Why I Decided To Learn A New Language After 50

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 07.30.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Last week I took my first Spanish lesson. Apparently, I am as qualified today as I was at my last language lesson almost 40 years ago. Surely, when I travel to Costa Rica this winter, I'll be able to dazzle the kids with my ability to converse with the locals.

The Language I'm No Longer Embarrassed To Embrace

Yii-Huei Phang | Posted 08.18.2014 | Teen
Yii-Huei Phang

When I was a kid, I wasn't inspired to learn another language because I simply thought it was insignificant. I thought, "Well, if I live in Australia, all I need to know is English, right?"

How A Class Led Me To The Italian 'Sister' I Never Thought I'd Have

Lauren Cooke | Posted 08.13.2014 | Teen
Lauren Cooke

Despite my limited knowledge of Italian, I made up for it with French, English, hand gestures and Google translate.

The 3 Magic Words You Need to Know Before Traveling Overseas

Erin Ruberry | Posted 08.05.2014 | Travel
Erin Ruberry

There are three words that every traveler should know in any foreign language when traveling overseas. They may not get you mistaken for a local, but it's amazing how far they will take you.

4 Proven Ways to Cram a Language Before an International Trip

Chris Lopinto | Posted 07.22.2014 | Travel
Chris Lopinto

In many foreign countries, Americans have helped generate a stereotypical image, and it's usually not very pretty -- especially when we get called out on our loudness or hefty appearance. Adding insult to injury, Americans are also known for their limited language skills.

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?

Arabic in Arabia

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
Sriya Chakravarti

Being fluent in Hindi, and having a basic understanding of Urdu, and Sanskrit, I have been able to bridge the gap quickly and efficiently. However, I do worry sometimes, if I will forget or get confused with all the languages I have now stored in my brain.

Your Mind on Language: How Bilingualism Boosts Your Brain

Dan Roitman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
Dan Roitman

From the moment sound waves enter your ear and become neural impulses, your brain executes this rapid-fire series of events that few of us are ever aware of, but without which we'd be unable to communicate.

The Skill That Every Teen Should Have

Abi Hunter | Posted 07.23.2013 | Teen
Abi Hunter

I could not be patriotic in a country where people from varied backgrounds are expected to eschew their culture and language. That's not the country that I believe in.

Language Learning In The Age Of The iPad

Monique Stringfellow | Posted 11.18.2012 | Travel
Monique Stringfellow

The ultimate travel accessory? More than a hardcase Tumi carry-on or sleek leather passport holder, it's an at-least elementary grasp of your destination's native tongue. From reading menus to asking directions, dealing with local transportation -- and not getting taken for a ride -- familiarizing yourself with the lingua franca might just be the singlemost important thing you can do to improve your travel experience.

Conquering A French Post Office

Katie Beck | Posted 06.02.2012 | Travel
Katie Beck

With the hot sun and gentle breeze on my face, I reflected on the day. Absurd really. But I needed to break the seal of sounding stupid. I'll get used to it.

Learning The Lingo: The 5 Hardest Languages To Master

Ben Colclough | Posted 12.06.2011 | Travel
Ben Colclough

What makes Tuyuca so unique is its use of evidentiality: Each verb must contain a suffix that describes how the speaker knows the information they are stating.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Learns To Express Herself

Katie Beck | Posted 11.05.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

I also received some very confused looks from the women at the home furnishing shop when I accidentally asked them if "they go measuring cups?"