Speaking Foreign Languages May Help Protect Your Memory

Speaking Foreign Languages May Help Protect Your Memory

People who speak more than two languages may lower their risk of developing memory problems, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 63rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu April 9 to April 16, 2011.

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A Diacritic Revolution

A Diacritic Revolution

How did those diacritic squiggles, dots, and dashes get there in the first place if people seem to read and speak correctly without them?

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Language Policy in Spain

Language Policy in Spain

In Spain, the struggle for linguistic survival is so strong that the expansion of some of these regional languages can impair neighboring minority languages.

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The Input vs. Output Debate: John’s 2¢

The Input vs. Output Debate: John’s 2¢

While most fluent foreign language speakers tend to agree on the vast majority of language learning DOs and DON’Ts, there is one area that always seems to cause heated debate: the importance of language input (i.e. listening and reading) versus language output (i.e. speaking and writing).

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King James Bible Influences English Language Centuries Later

King James Bible Influences English Language Centuries Later

The King James Bible’s affect on the English language is still being felt 400 years after it was first published.

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Rosetta Stone: Teachers’ Friend or Foe

Rosetta Stone: Teachers’ Friend or Foe

To the dismay of many language teachers and education purists, Rosetta Stone language learning software is popping up on campuses and in classrooms across the U.S. Due to budget cuts and the growing popularity of online learning in general, many administrations are obligated to seek financial respite in the arms of the economical and effective […]

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Why Are Researchers Building a ‘Metaphor Program’?

Why Are Researchers Building a ‘Metaphor Program’?

By Alex Madrigal Via the Atlantic Image by Assbach A small research arm of the U.S. government’s intelligence establishment wants to understand how speakers of Farsi, Russian, English, and Spanish see the world by building software that automatically evaluates their use of metaphors. That’s right, metaphors, like Shakespeare’s famous line, “All the world’s a stage,” […]

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Glamour in grammar? Read on

Glamour in grammar? Read on

“The bridge between the words ‘glamour’ and ‘grammar’ is magic. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘glamour’ evolved from ‘grammar’ through an ancient association between learning and enchantment.”

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iPhones may help save Cherokee language

iPhones may help save Cherokee language

Members of the Cherokee tribe have worked with Apple to develop Cherokee language software for the iPhone, iPod and soon the iPad.

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The Dilution of Arabic: Why it’s Failing, What Can be Done

The Dilution of Arabic: Why it’s Failing, What Can be Done

There’s an Arabic interface for Facebook, yet 75% of Arab users prefer the English interface.

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Can’t learn a foreign language? Not true, say scientists

Can’t learn a foreign language? Not true, say scientists

The brain can learn a new word in less than 15 minutes, according to scientists, whose finding will rob many of the excuse that they can’t learn a foreign language. All one needs to do is listen to a word 160 times over that period, found Cambridge neuroscientists.

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