I just got Aniruddh Patel‘s book, Music, Language, and the Brain because I am keenly interested in learning more about the relationship between music, language and our complex neurological system. Patel is a neuroscientist and musician who was quoted on National Public Radio today about his research about the possibility that language evolved from music. Quoting… Read more »
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Not having a language teacher nearby is not excuse for not learning a language. Finding a language tutor or language exchange partner online can be even cheaper than taking a formal class. Let’s say you live in Omaha, Nebraska and you want to learn Spanish. You can pay a Spanish teacher in Mexico via PayPal… Read more »
American born Kobe Bryant grew up in Italy while his dad was playing for an Italian basketball team. Now this polyglot basketball star is funding Chinese classes for children in Los Angeles through his Kobe Bryant Family Foundation. This is the first time I can think of when a prominent sports figure is supporting foreign… Read more »
My friend Eric Blaisdell painted these drawings when he was teaching English in Japan to show important it is to learn cultural norms when in a foreign country. In the case of the clueless Australian visitor to a Japanese home, the Japanese hosts are shocked that the Westerner did not take off his shoes when… Read more »
Heritage language speakers are those who speak a foreign language at home. I am a Russian heritage speaker and I know that many of us heritage speakers often have trouble correctly speaking our mother tongues because we don’t learn grammar at home. It’s wonderful that the San Francisco school district just got a grant to… Read more »
Here’s a great show about the healing effects of music. It’s from “Caminhos Alternativos” from the Brazilian radio station, CBN. They talk a bit about music and Alzheimers as well. It’s in Portuguese.